How to Remove Grease Stains From Suede Boots

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Suede is not only sturdy but also soft and warm, which is why it's been used to make footwear for hundreds of years. If you drip grease on your suede boots -- whether it's cooking grease or mechanic's grease -- don't jump the gun and start scrubbing to try to remove it. Suede's nap can be easily damaged, so to remove grease effectively without ruining your boots, do it with the utmost care.


Things You'll Need

  • Cloths

  • Absorbent powder

  • Art eraser

  • Soft nylon brush

Step 1

Dab the spot with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess grease. Use a clean spot on the cloth after each blot to avoid redepositing the grease. Continue dabbing until no more grease is coming off the suede onto the rag.


Step 2

Sprinkle an absorbent powder onto the grease spot. Use cornstarch, cornmeal, talcum powder, flour or baking powder. Cover the grease spot completely with the powder.

Step 3

Lay a damp cloth over the powder. Let it sit for at least one hour, preferably overnight, before removing it.


Step 4

Brush off the powder with a dry cloth. The powder should have absorbed the oil.

Step 5

Brush the nap of the suede boot with a an art eraser to further remove any of the stain. Restore the nap on the suede by brushing it with a soft nylon brush.


It may take more than one attempt with this process to thoroughly remove all of the grease stain.

Applying a suede protection product after you buy the boots will help repel grease and other dirt so it doesn't stain.


Do not use cleaners on the boots that aren’t designed specifically for suede.