How to clean oil from suede shoes? Opinions needed!

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  1. Patek

    Patek Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior 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

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    you seem accident prone. switch to work boots.
     


  5. Fred H.

    Fred H. Senior 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 Senior 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.
     


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    TRINI Senior 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

    lefty Senior member

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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

    Dewey Senior member

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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
     


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    lefty Senior member

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

    lefty
     


  13. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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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.
     


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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

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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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