How to Remove Stains on Suede Boots


Suede boots never seem to go out of style. Whether they are ankle high, thigh high or cowboy boots, suede boots make a fashion statement. Suede boots are generally not cheap to buy and can be difficult to clean. If you have a pair or suede boots that have a stain on them, don't get rid of them. Stains on suede boots can be removed with a little patience and the right cleaning materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Suede brush
  • Pencil eraser or fine grit sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Undiluted vinegar
  • Determine what type of stain you have on your suede boots. The most common type of stains found on boots are salt stains and oil or grease stains. Dirt or mud also are common culprits of stains on suede.

  • Locate a pencil eraser or fine grit sandpaper. If the stain is a dry stain such as dried mud, you can generally remove the stain the an eraser or sandpaper. You also can purchase a suede brush that is made specifically for removing dry stains and refreshing the nap of the suede.

  • Apply talcum powder to an oil or mud stain and let it dry overnight. Use a suede brush the next morning to remove the stain. In most cases, the talcum powder will absorb the oil and it can be gently lifted off with the brush the next day. For more stubborn oil or mud stains, use a cloth dipped in undiluted vinegar and blot at the stain. Let the area dry and then use a suede brush to gently lift the stain off the boots.

  • Use a cloth dipped in undiluted vinegar to remove salt stains. Salt stains can be the most difficult and most prevalent stains found on suede boots. In harsh winter climates, salt is often used on sidewalks and roads to combat the snow. By simply walking over the salt-laden snow, suede boots often end up with numerous stains as a result of the salt. After blotting the boot, let it dry and then use the suede brush to gently remove the stain.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are a number of products that can be applied to suede boots to help protect them and prevent stains. It is highly recommended that a suede protector be applied immediately after purchasing your boots and regularly thereafter.
  • More serious stains should be cleaned by a professional.

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