Notebook

Keep Your Suede in Check

There’s nothing quite like a new pair of suede boots in the fall; the soft, supple material adds a hint of luxury to any look. But there’s no hiding the fact that suede definitely requires a little more care and upkeep than traditional leather, especially in Canadian weather.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled some key care tips that will help you keep your suede looking fresh from now all the way until it starts snowing.

If it gets wet

DON’T use a hair dryer/radiator to dry. We know it's tempting, but adding heat will just make things worse.

Instead, soak up as much water as possible using a towel or microfibre cloth, then stuff them with paper to help them keep their shape. Leave them to air dry, then brush the suede along the grain to restore its natural look and feel.

Oil/grease Stains

Accidentally spilling lotion, makeup, salad dressing, or some other oily substance onto your suede shoes or purse doesn't have to mean the end!

Apply a small amount of talcum powder to the stain to absorb as much of the oil as possible. The sooner you do this, the better. After a few hours (once the powder is dry), brush with the grain to remove the powder, and the stain along with it.

Salt Stains

These are trickier to remove the longer you let them sit, so it's best to tackle them as soon as you get home. Blot the stains with a small amount of white vinegar and a clean towel/microfibre cloth. Work slowly and gently. It’ll take a while, but keep going until the stain starts to disappear. Allow them to air dry and then - you guessed it! - brush with the grain.

Storage

It's best to store suede in open air, but not in direct light. This means that dust bags are a better bet than storage boxes or bins, as suede needs to breathe in order to keep looking its best.