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Serious suede cleaning

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I made the mistake of wearing my beloved black suede Speedcats to a show last night, and they are looking really sad today. They got stepped on, spilled on, placed in various noxious substances, .... yuck. I was considering soaking them in woolite and water or something, because just a brushing is not going to cut it here. Is there something I can try? I do have some of that spray suede cleaner stuff, but I don't think that's going to do it either.

    Thanks.
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I remember a post either here or on AA in which a member reported great success at having the shoes shampooed by a shoe repair shop. Good luck. Sounds like they need more than you can do at home. At least they're black.
     


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    The thread that Manton refers to was posted here in late fall '04 by Arvi. There were some suggestions from members to Arvi but Arvi opted to go to a shoe repair shop for shampoo instead. I've tried the spray-on suede cleaners on my shoes-they just made it worse.
     


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    I second that advice. Living in South Florida, I usually just spray suede protector on like crazy and look at the weather report every morning if I intend to wear suede shoes and pray the weather report is accurate.

    Jon.
     


  5. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I'm going to try sponging on some woolite/water mix and taking it off with a damp washcloth. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Fashionslave Senior member

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    J-Make sure you brush or smooth the nap in the same direction after you do the Woolite thing.Theres nothing worse looking than messed up nap on suede.
     


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