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What happens when suede gets wet?

crazyquik

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I always hear that you can't wear suede shoes in the rain. Or someone says "well, you can wear them once
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What is it that makes leather work boots different than suede dress shoes? Is the leather treated with stronger water repellants?



 

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Water will spot finer suedes if it is not treated with a protective chemical. Also, the nap will flatten out if it gets wet enough often enough.
 

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BTW, on suede care - sometimes you use that little brush and it pulls the fibers out too far - just singe them off with a lighter. It smells weird for a little bit, but it looks perfect.
 

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I've used Bostonian water and stain protector, on suede. It does a fairly good job. Spray the items thoroughly, including seams and soles. Then, let dry. Suede must be brushed, before treating. My brass tined tailor's brush does a marvelous job with suede.
 

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What's a decent suede brush?



Would the nylon bristle job pictured work or is there something far superior?
 

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The nylon one is the one I've usually seen. Even that is pretty harsh on some suedes. Generally you can get a suede eraser and brush kit (same brush as pictured) at a drugstore for about $4, or you can go to a shoe repair shop and pay $6 or Norstrom and pay $8. They are all the same.

I wouldn't use a wire brush on most suede except as a last resort.

Incidentally, the nylon one sometimes works well along with steam to remove shine from wool clothing - I also used it to scrub the collar of my peacoat (just pushed in and rubbed in circles, didn't abrade) with Woolite, and it came out spotlessly clean.
 

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I have the suede eraser also which came with the brush. I never use the eraser but the brush works ok on my Aldens.
 

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Originally Posted by crazyquik
What happens when suede gets wet?

Nothing good, I'm afraid.
 

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My brass tined tailor's brush does a marvelous job with suede.

I've used this brush on just about anything. With a light touch, it accommodates silk, as well as suede. Vermont Country Store.
 

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