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Household Remedy to Clean Nubuck

Nubuck has a buttery, soft feel and is commonly used to make shoes. The best way to clean nubuck requires leather conditioner, but you may keep the items made of nubuck looking good and feeling soft with household remedies.

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Home Remedies

Mix equal parts baking soda and cornstarch into a fine powder and sprinkle inside the nubuck shoes. Shake the shoes lightly to evenly coat the inside of the shoes. Leave the mixture in the shoes overnight and then empty the shoes. The mixture removes unusual smells and restores the original soft feel of the material. For scuff marks, lightly run fine-grit sandpaper over the scuff mark.


Online shoes retailer Zappos recommends using a leather conditioner or leather cleaner on nubuck shoes or any type of leather. No home remedy or product can achieve the same results.


Do not soak nubuck shoes in a large amount of water or use water as a cleaning solution. Water actually damages the leather and leaves behind water spots.

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About the Author

Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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