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Washing suede shoes in washing machine?? serious question on how to go about doing so...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pg600rr, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. pg600rr

    pg600rr Senior member

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    So I have a pair of N.D.C. suede shoes that have gotten some wear, I dig the worn roughed up look, and I know some of the casual type suede shoes come advertised as 'washed suede' I am assuming this process is done before the soles are attached...

    Anyway, I was thinking about throwing these in the washing machine and seeing what will happen, however I dont want to completly ruin them... any thoughts?
     
  2. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    Don't bother with the washing machine. Just wash them under running water and scrub with a nail brush. Use some saddle soap if you so desire.

    Just a question: Are you trying to make them look "roughed up" or are you trying to actually clean them?
     
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    zippyh Senior member

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    Have you seen the video on the Leffot blog of him hand washing some suede shoes?
    I suspect one run through the washing machine won't do much.
     
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    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would await an Iroh guide on washing shoes in the washing machine before taking on this endeavor.
     
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    pg600rr Senior member

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    They have a decent amount of wear so they already have a slight 'roughed up' look... however they also have a number of stains on them that i want out... I have tried the normal 'suede bar' and brush method, it didnt get the stains out...


    I have not seen this video but will look for it, sounds like hand washing would be the way to go.
     
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    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    Then don't put them in your washing machine.
     
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    onix Senior member

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    Handwashing using suede soap. Ta-da.
     
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    fritzl Senior member

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    exactly
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    listen to this sage advice....
     
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    Harold falcon Senior member

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    Where the hell am I? On what planet would someone really consider putting shoes in a washing machine?
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    seems kinda "odd" right??
     
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    THIS!

    Seriously, even if the suede itself can stand it I would be worried about the linings, inner sole construction, etc. etc. Lots less expensive 'dress shoes' have pretty much cardboard innards.

    They are not made like an athletic shoe which might, or might not, be able to take an actual washing.

    Scrub them under running water and try to keep the insides reasonably dry. NAMOR has a video of this.
     
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    pg600rr Senior member

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    UPDATE: did the Leffot method from the video and they look amazing! brand new, the suede feels just like it did when I bought them, all stains, marks etc. arre gone... was very surprised with the results.
     
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    how durable is suede, will the texture ever wear down flat? or is it really resilient?
     
  17. Ania Podhajska

    Ania Podhajska New Member

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    Oh my... There are some washing machines with a dedicated programma even... And Im actually always throwing my shoes in the washing machine. Just a bit confused about my pumas SUEDE. A friend of mine whos working with sneakers profesionally advised me to clean it just above the steam with a suede brush. Lets give it a try...
     

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