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November 9th, 2007

Protect your suede for the fall

Every year when the wet weather returns we’re forced to toss our suede
boots and flats back in the closet until dryer days. Instead of
stifling your style, protect your suede instead of keeping it sheltered
and enjoy the fashion freedom that you’re entitled to, rain or shine.
We found a nine step solution on that’ll keep you draped in suede from
January to January, if you so chose.

What You’ll Need

  • Suede Protector Spray
  • Cotton Flannel Shoe Bags
  • Scarf
  • Suede Brush
  • Pillowcase
  • Towel
  • Nail File
  • Reconditioning Products
  • Talcum Powder Or Cornmeal

Step One
Spray a recently purchased or recently cleaned suede item with one of
the many products that protect against water damage and other stains.
As with any fabric, test a small, unseen patch first.

Step Two
Wear a scarf to protect the collar of a suede garment. The scarf can shield suede from hair products, sweat and makeup stains.

Step Three
Store suede items so that they can breathe. Avoid plastic bags, which
prevent air circulation, and opt for a pillowcase instead to protect
clothing from dust. When traveling, store shoes in cotton flannel shoe
bags instead of plastic bags.

Step Four
Keep suede away from light, which will fade the color, and damp conditions, which can encourage growth

Step Five
If suede clothes or shoes get wet, soak up excess moisture with a clean
towel. Then allow the suede to dry naturally; do not use a heat source
to speed up the process. After the item dries, restore the nap (the
raised fibers typical of suede) with a suede brush.

Step Six
Use a nail file to remove dry mud and scuff marks on suede shoes.
Gently file away the stain with delicate strokes. A suede brush also
works to remove dirt on shoes and clothing.

Step Seven
Remove oil stains on suede by rubbing talcum powder or cornmeal
directly on the spot. After several hours, brush off the powder. Repeat
if necessary.

Step Eight
Recondition suede shoes with products designed for that purpose. Such
products can also be used on suede clothing, unless the manufacturer’s
instructions specifically state otherwise. Make sure the item is clean

Step Nine
Keep in mind that major stains will probably require professional care.
Take your suede item to someone who specializes in leather and suede;
inexperienced dry cleaners or cobblers can cause more harm than good.


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