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How to clean oil from suede shoes? Opinions needed!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Patek, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Patek

    Patek Well-Known Member

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    I love suede, but I haven't had much luck lately. First, I bought a RL suede jacket and my third time wearing it my sister dropped grilled calamari (in olive oil) on it. I was able so save it by taking it by taking it to a suede cleaner ($50).

    On Friday, I was wearing an almost new Edward Green tobacco suede shoes. I think it was the second time that I wore them. I dropped a bowl of humus that splattered on one of the shoes leaving an oil stain (once again, olive oil).

    Has anyone had any luck using suede cleaners such as saphir:

    http://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-omninettoyant.html

    What about just generic suede cleaners like they sell at target. My local shoe repair guy also sells a Lincoln suede cleaner that runs much cheaper (about $6).

    Has anyone used these on high-end shoes? Do you think it is worth the risk or should I just bring them to a shoe repair shop for cleaning?
     
  2. BoomDiggs

    BoomDiggs Well-Known Member

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    You might consider just putting some baking soda on the stain, letting it sit on there for an hour or so, and then brushing it off. I have done this with olice oil on ties before, and it worked great. One particularly bad stain required me to do it twice, but so far it hasn't failed me.
     
  3. Patek

    Patek Well-Known Member

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    You might consider just putting some baking soda on the stain, letting it sit on there for an hour or so, and then brushing it off. I have done this with olice oil on ties before, and it worked great. One particularly bad stain required me to do it twice, but so far it hasn't failed me.

    That sounds like a minimal risk and minimal cost plan. I will try that tonight.
     
  4. a tailor

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    you seem accident prone. switch to work boots.
     
  5. Fred H.

    Fred H. Well-Known Member

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    No. No. No. Get thee to a cobbler immediately. DO NOT screw with these yourself. In fact, I am sad to report, it is probably ALREADY too late to do anything. Suede/oil are a particularly awful combination. Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news!
     
  6. teddieriley

    teddieriley Well-Known Member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    first I'd try the baking soda and leave for an extended period of time and use a suede brush on the nap. If the stain is still there, I'd try the equal parts water and vinegar solution, let marinate and dry, and then use a suede brush.
     
  7. alexSF

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    Use a suede rubber and a crepe brush, if it doesn't work try Terre de Sommieres (Available at Valmour) Pics via Depiedencap Forum [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Use liquid cleaner, or other liquid solution only for last chance.
     
  8. TRINI

    TRINI Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^^^^^

    I used this on my suede tetburys (thanks to an awesome SF member who sent me some) and I wish I could say it worked...but it didn't.
     
  9. lefty

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    I covered a grease spot with baby powder as recommended by BNelson. Left it on overnight and brushed it off the next day. Absorbed about 50% of the stain.

    Just enough for me not to care anymore.

    lefty
     
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    That baby powder thing worked even with ties!
     
  11. Dewey

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    you seem accident prone. switch to work boots.

    +1

    the saphir suede cleaner is good .. might work

    also you could just coat the whole shoe in obenauf's LP and call it beeswax suede
     
  12. lefty

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    Anyone know how to get salt stains off of a pair of desert boots?

    lefty
     
  13. Patek

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    Thanks for the helpfl input everyone. I let it sit overnight with baking soda. This morning befor work, I brushed it for a few minutes and it seems to have taken 90% or it off although I can't say for sure as I did not have time to brush all of the powder off. To be honest, I really couldn't tell where the original stain was. I guess I should have taken a picture before...

    I covered it in another layer and left for work. Tonight I will spend some time brushing it out and seeing where it stands. Thankfully the stain was no way as dark as the one posted above. It was olive oil afterall and not grease. Still, the suede was light enough to show it.
     
  14. Dean Keaton

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    Anyone know how to get salt stains off of a pair of desert boots?

    lefty



    Try vinegar with water. Always worked for me.
     
  15. upnorth

    upnorth Well-Known Member

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    Salt, Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegar is a combo made in heaven. Just mop up with some Crostini.
     
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    Patek Well-Known Member

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    I second that idea. In fact if you don't want to get some work boots, you should get a nylon wrapped on your shoes while you are at it.

    Don't know what you guys are going on about. I don't think anyone in their right mind wears EG oxfords in place of workboots. The stain in question is a food stain and could happen to anyone at any event where food is served. Most people (myself included) don't wear workboots to evening events.

    I will try to post some pictures tonight of the cleaned up product (fingers crossed).
     
  18. Patek

    Patek Well-Known Member

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    After a couple of applications of Arm and Hammer and letting it sit for a couple of days, I can't see where the oil stain was:

    [​IMG]

    (It was the left cap by the way)

    Back in its home:

    [​IMG]

    And the world is right again [​IMG]:

    [​IMG]

    PS: sorry for the crappy iPhone pictures.
     
  19. makewayhomer

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    Bump. For the baking soda method, do you literally just put some on , let sit, then brush with a suede brush? Anything else?
     
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    Nope. Leave it on for a day or so, give it time to react.
     

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