How to clean grey suede

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How to clean grey suede
Suede is a popular material used to produce footwear. (Suede man's low shoes on a white background image by terex from

Leather made from the skin of a calf is known as suede. Suede is a popular material for skirts, purses, footwear, jackets and sofas that comes in a variety of colours including grey. Unlike normal leather -- which has both a smooth and rough side -- grey suede is textured on both sides. Over time, suede will become dirty, dingy and require a thorough cleaning. Care must be taken when cleaning your grey suede item to prevent damage. Certain products -- such as bleach -- can damage your suede beyond repair.

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Things you need

  • Toothbrush
  • White vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Eraser
  • Emery board
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Towels
  • Pillowcases

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    Dip a toothbrush in white vinegar. Brush grease, oil spots and stains with the saturated toothbrush.

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    Allow the grey suede to air dry. Brush the item with a suede brush to restore the nap.

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    Dampen a sponge with white vinegar. Wipe the grey suede in the direction of the nap to remove dirt and other stuck-on debris.

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    Rub the surface dirt off the suede using an eraser. Continue rubbing with the eraser until you have removed the surface dirt.

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    Use an emery board to gently sand any stains that are present on the suede.

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    Brush the nap of the suede with a toothbrush.

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    Rub grey suede with a piece of fine sandpaper to rough up suede that has become smoothed.

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    Blot wet grey suede with several towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Allow the suede to air dry naturally away from direct heat.

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    Keep suede out of direct sunlight. Excessive sunlight will cause your grey suede to fade.

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    Store suede items in pillowcases instead of plastic bags. Pillowcases allow for proper air circulation.

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