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Video: Washing suede shoes with water - from Leffot

post #1 of 11
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Most poeple think that suede is too delicate, and fuss over stains/water spots etc ... In reality, it is very hard wearing.

I saw this video on leffot's blog today: http://blog.leffot.com/2009/11/20/suede-wash-down/. Thought I'd post the link here to start a discussion.

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post #2 of 11
Looked bad before and after... I feel like I wasted two minutes of my life.
post #3 of 11
Doesn't look any better after that harsh treatment. If there really are embedded stains on your suede shoes, you can use fine-grit sand paper to sand out the gunk. Use a finer git afterward to raise the nap.
post #4 of 11
In my opinion, this procedure was un-necessary. He could have easily removed the salt stains with vinegar on a terrycloth. Still, it was interesting to watch. Thanks for the link.
post #5 of 11
I've worn the hell out of my Mantellassi suede chukkas for the past few years and they don't nearly as bad as those do. I suppose if I stepped into a septic tank or something I'd want to scrub them with a brush under running water, but I generally just use an eraser to take out spots and brush them with a suede brush to get out dust and raise the nap.
post #6 of 11
Has anyone used the Saphir liquid suede cleaning product that comes with a brush?
post #7 of 11
They look a bit cleaner after the wash in the video, but not massively so. I do agree though that suede is much harder wearing than most people believe - I tend to wear it quite a lot in winter and as long as you don't walk in heavily stained slush or similar, it's just fine after a stiff brushing.
post #8 of 11
*Sneaker Alert*


I use suede shampoo for a job like that. I haven't used it for 'real' shoes yet, though.


Before (I know, the shoetrees... And too lazy to take the laces out):




Shampoo and sponge (only used the soft yellow side):




Treated the one in the bottom:




Untreated:




Treated:




After:



I am not sure what kind of suede this is, I call it 'shaven suede', but I think it works the same on the rougher variant. It seems to help to bring the colour back a bit too.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by srivats View Post
Most poeple think that suede is too delicate, and fuss over stains/water spots etc ... In reality, it is very hard wearing

I think thats the point being made...

Numerous manufacturers and suppliers have told me the same that suede doesnt have to be babied and, in fact, is more tolerant to water than calf. I have indeed worn all my suede shoes/boots with gay abandon in wet weather with no detriment at all. In fact just today been to watch the son play Football this morning in mist drizzle and rain with the inevitable mud. My Trickers Burford Suede boots handled the conditions superbly !!!

( BTW the son scored 2 in a 3-3 draw U7's league game and got Man of the Match Trophy. Me an my boots were so proud!! )
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post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Kuro View Post
Has anyone used the Saphir liquid suede cleaning product that comes with a brush?

i own it, havent used it yet
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