How to Waterproof Suede

Updated February 21, 2017

Suede is used in a variety of different products, including shoes, jackets and other wearable objects. Water can damage suede and leave stains behind. Before this happens, you can apply a waterproofing material to keep the suede safe from water. Applying waterproofing to the suede takes just a few minutes, and then your products will be safe from damage.

Scrub any dirt off of the suede using the coarse suede brush. Wipe off any remaining dirt using a damp cloth.

Shake the can of suede waterproofing spray. Apply the suede waterproofing spray all over the material and allow it to sit for two minutes.

Wipe off any excess cleaner from the suede using a dry cloth. Allow the suede to air dry, then brush the suede using a fine suede brush.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse suede brush
  • Damp cloth
  • Dry cloths
  • Suede waterproofing spray
  • Fine suede brush
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Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.