How to Use a Suede Eraser

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Clean suede boots after each use to preserve their soft texture.
Clean suede boots after each use to preserve their soft texture. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Distinguished by its soft, nappy texture and elegant appearance, suede is a kind of leather often used to make shoes, fashion accessories and upholstery. Suede, like all materials, requires cleaning to maintain its appearance. Dirt and debris particles commonly accumulate in suede’s nap, which damages suede over time. Suede erasers are block-shaped cleaning tools made of crumb-like particles that lift dry, ground-in soil and stains from suede.

Things You'll Need

  • White paper
  • Suede brush
  • Leather waterproofing liquid

Let the suede item thoroughly air dry if it’s wet. Allow any wet mud or debris to fully dry on the suede.

Rub the suede eraser over a sheet of white paper to remove any existing dirt from the eraser. This task is only necessary if the suede eraser has previously been used.

Stroke the suede with the suede eraser to remove ground-in grime and stains. Gently rub the eraser in one direction over the suede to prevent grinding debris deeper into the suede’s nap. Don’t worry if the eraser crumbles and the fragments accumulate in the suede.

Rub a suede brush gently across the suede item to restore its nappy texture. The back and forth motion also removes any lingering eraser crumbs lodged in the suede’s nap.

Spray a leather waterproofing liquid onto the suede surface, to protect it from future stains and damage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute a regular pencil eraser for the suede eraser.
  • Substitute a fresh toothbrush for the suede brush.

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