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How to Clean Faux Suede Shoes (Without Ruining Them)

By Teddy

October 21, 2022

At some point in our lives, we’ve all been there. You’re out on a date or at a wedding or any other nice event and you look down at your shoes to find they’re covered in dirt, mud, or God forbid, pizza grease. And if your shoes are made of faux suede, the stakes are even higher because it seems like cleaning them is a delicate art that’s impossible to master. But never fear, we’re here to help. With our easy-to-follow guide, you’ll have your shoes looking as good as new in no time. 

Method 1: Vinegar

What You’ll Need: 

-1/4 cup white vinegar 

-1/4 cup water 

-1 teaspoon dish soap 

-Paper towels or a clean cloth 

-A soft bristled brush (optional) 

*Note: Do not use this method on real suede as it will damage the material. This guide is for faux suede only*

Step One: Mix Together Your Solution 

In a bowl or container, mix together the white vinegar, water, and dish soap until it’s fully combined. Once you have your solution ready, move on to the next step. 

Step Two: test a Small Area First 

Before dousing your entire shoe in the solution, it’s always best to test a small area first. This way you can make sure the solution won’t damage or discolor your shoe. To do this, dip a paper towel or clean cloth into the mixture and then dab it onto an inconspicuous spot on your shoe such as the tongue or interior lining. Allow the solution to sit on the spot for a minute or two before moving on to the next step. 

Step Three: Wipe Down Your Shoes 

Once you’ve determined that the solution is safe for your shoes, you can start cleaning them. Dip your paper towel or cloth into the mixture once again and then begin wiping down your shoes, taking care to get into all of the nooks and crannies. If you find that the paper towel isn’t doing a thorough enough job, you can use a soft bristled brush to scrub away any stubborn dirt or stains. Just be sure not to brush too hard as you don’t want to damage the material. 

Step Four: Let Your Shoes Air Dry

After you’ve finished cleaning your shoes, simply let them air dry in a well-ventilated area. Once they’re dry, give them a once over to make sure you didn’t miss anything and then enjoy sporting freshly cleaned footwear. 

And there you have it! With this easy guide, you can quickly and easily clean your faux suede shoes without damaging them in the process. So next time life throws some unexpected dirt your way, you’ll be prepared.

Method 2: Mild Soap

Step One: Remove the Laces 

The first step is to remove the laces from your shoes. This will give you better access to the fabric and allow you to clean them more thoroughly. Plus, it’s just an extra step that will make your life easier in the long run. You can thank me later. 

Step Two: Grab a Soft Bristle Brush 

Next, you’ll need to grab a soft bristle brush. This will help loosen any dirt or debris that’s stuck to the fabric. Just be sure not to use a brush with too much bristles as this could damage the faux suede material. 

Step Three: Use Water and Mild Soap 

Finally, it’s time to actually start cleaning your shoes. The best way to do this is by using water and mild soap. Simply dampen a cloth with the soapy water and gently wipe down your shoes. Once you’re done, let them air dry or use a hairdryer on the cool setting to speed up the process. And that’s it! Three simple steps to clean faux suede shoes. 

Cleaning faux suede shoes doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these three easy steps, you can have your shoes looking brand new in no time. So next time you spill something on your favorite pair of shoes or step in a puddle, don’t reach for the nearest box of baking soda—reach for this blog post instead.

Method 3: Spot Cleaning

Step One: Use a lint roller.

This is my number one tip for cleaning faux suede shoes! A lint roller helps pick up all the dirt and dust that’s accumulated on your shoes. Just roll it over the surface of your shoes and voila, they’re looking good as new.

Step Two: Spot clean with soap and water.

If your shoes are starting to look a little more than just dusty, you may need to give them a more thorough cleaning. To do this, mix some soap and water together and use a cloth or sponge to scrub away any dirt or stains. Be sure to spot test an inconspicuous area of your shoe first before cleaning the entire shoe. 

Step Three: Don’t forget about the soles!

The soles of your shoes can get just as dirty as the rest of the shoe. To clean them, simply remove them and scrub with soap and water (or whatever cleaning solution you’re using). Be sure to let them dry completely before putting them back on your shoes. 


Cleaning faux suede shoes doesn’t have to be difficult! With these top tips, you can easily keep your shoes looking their best. Do you have any tips for cleaning faux suede shoes? Share them in the comments below!

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