Leather, fabric or suede shoes: this is how you clean each of them

Leather and fake leather

To clean leather shoes, you use a solution of cold water and white vinegar. Take an old cloth to clean the shoes with this mixture. The vinegar takes care of all the stains and makes scratches disappear. Leave the shoes to dry properly after cleaning them. Are there scuff marks on the leather? Use some shoe polish and follow the instructions on the packaging. Can’t find shoe polish in the same colour as the leather? Then you can make your own shoe polish, by dampening an old cloth and dipping this in some baking soda. Carefully rub the leather with this cloth and then wipe the shoe clean with a clean cloth.

Suede and NuBuck

You don’t have to go to a lot of trouble to keep your suede shoes in good condition. The most important thing is to make sure the suede stays as dry as possible. Besides that, it’s smart to regularly polish the suede with a brush. Have you got a stain on your shoe? Treat it as quickly as possible. Streaks and stains can be removed with an eraser in most cases. You can get rid of oil stains by sprinkling a little bit of talcum powder onto the stain. Let the powder sit on the stain for at least an hour before removing it with a brush.

Athletic shoes

A lot of athletic shoes can go in the washing machine. Do make sure you remove shoelaces and inner soles before washing the shoes. You can clean these items separately. Always let the shoes air dry – never throw them in the tumble dryer!

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