Waterproofing & Protecting Women’s Suede Boots
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so hold your horses and treat your ladies’ suede boots before you wear them! Simply buy a water-repellant spray from your local shoe retailer. You may see popular products like Kiwi Protect-All or Wilson’s Leather & Suede Protector. Ugg and Emu also make their own suede protector kits that work great on any brand of suede ankle boots. To apply, test an unseen patch first. Then coat the boot in mist and leave outside or in a hallway to air-dry. Beware, the smell of these sprays are often quite potent – and flammable! Spray at the beginning of the season and re-coat after your next cleaning.
Preserving Ladies’ Suede Boots
For black suede boots, nothing is worse than the dreaded salt line! If your suede boots have been stomping around in the snow, be sure to dampen the entire upper portion of the boot with a wet sponge once you get inside. Do so before your boots dry off. Then, stuff the boot with newspaper to hold the shape as it air-dries. If there is excessive water, you may use a clean towel to soak up some of the water, but do not rub. You can later restore the suede fibers using a special suede brush.
Remove Stains From Women’s Suede Boots
Panicking seems natural when an unsightly stain rears its ugly head on your precious (and often pricey) ladies’ suede boots. However, we believe this level of anxiety is counterproductive. What you really need are a few key tools at your disposal: an emery board, a suede eraser, and a suede brush.
Before you clean, use an emery board to remove dried mud and agitate the suede. You may also hold your boots over a steaming kettle or steaming iron, without applying direct heat. This will open up the pores and make cleaning easier. Use your suede eraser, rubbing in the same direction until the eraser starts to crumble and the stain reaches the surface. Wipe the eraser pieces off with a dry towel and have a go with your suede brush for suede slouch boots that are as good as new!
If you somehow managed to be standing near an oily splattering fryer or poured food grease on your ladies’ suede boots, rub some talcum powder or cornmeal directly on the stain to soak up the stain as much as possible. Then use your suede eraser to attack the heavy stain. A metal brush can help restore the crushing blow of a deep cleaning. Rub in circular motions for the best effect.
Poor Man’s Stain Removal For Ladies’ Suede Boots
There are also some poor man’s fixes. Don’t have a suede eraser? Try a pencil eraser. Don’t have suede cleaner? Some people use vinegar. Have no idea where to get a suede brush? Try an old toothbrush. Of course, these cheap substitutes are not the best solution. Products made exclusively for suede are no gimmick. They are simply the best. Use them.
There are also a few DON’TS to keep in mind when removing stains from suede. Don’t use basic household stain remover products – unless, of course, you think greasy cow spot stains are attractive. Don’t try to scrub stains with paper towels or the powdery white residue will scream “N00b!”
Weather Conditions To Avoid In Ladie’s Suede Boots
C’mon, don’t be defiant. Of course you love your black suede boots, but if you’re at all logical – which you must be, since you’re reading about how to care for your suede boots – then surely don’t wear those boots outside in the rain! If you know it’s going to rain or it is currently raining, just leave your precious suede home! You may get caught out in the rain, mud, or snow, but do your best to minimize damage by checking the weather forecast. If you’re slightly fanatical about looking good at the office, wear your utilitarian boots from the house to the car and change into your ladies’ suede boots once you get where you’re going.