RubriqueHow to Clean Suede Shoes in Large Sizes - Tips and Advice

Cleaning suede shoes in large sizes can be a challenge. Here we share our best tips on how to get your suede shoes clean and fresh again, whether you wear size 46 or 55.

The Challenge of Cleaning Suede Shoes in Large Sizes

We at [[brand]]Grand Shoes[[/brand]] know that it can be tricky to find shoes in large sizes, and even harder to keep them clean and looking good. Suede is a delicate material that requires extra care, especially when it comes to larger shoes. But don't worry, with the right knowledge and tools, you can make your suede shoes look like new again!

Before we dive into how to clean suede shoes, let's talk a bit about why it can be extra challenging for those of us with big feet:

  • Larger shoes have more surface area that can get dirty and worn
  • It can be harder to reach all surfaces and nooks on a large shoe
  • Suede tends to stretch more on larger shoes, which can lead to wrinkles and creases that collect dirt

But don't let this discourage you! With the right methods and a little patience, you can make your suede shoes in sizes 46-55 look amazing.

Step 1: Brush Off Loose Dirt

The first step in cleaning suede shoes is to brush off any loose dirt and dust. This is especially important for large shoes since they have more surface area where dirt can accumulate. Use a soft shoe brush or an old toothbrush and gently brush in a circular motion. Be sure to get to all surfaces, including soles and seams.

Tips for large shoes: If you have trouble reaching certain areas with a regular shoe brush, try using a narrow paintbrush or a child's toothbrush. These will get into tight spaces more easily.

Step 2: Use a Specialized Suede Cleaner

The next step is to use a cleaning product specifically designed for suede. These can be purchased at most shoe stores and department stores. Avoid using regular cleaning products or soap, as these can damage the delicate suede surface.

Apply the cleaner according to the instructions on the package. Usually, this involves applying the product with a clean cloth or sponge, working it into the suede with light circular motions, and then allowing the shoes to dry naturally. Don't use too much product - it's better to apply several thin layers than one thick one.

Tips for large shoes: Make sure you have enough cleaner to cover the entire shoe. Large shoes require more product than smaller sizes. Work in sections if needed, so the cleaner doesn't dry before you've worked it in properly.

Step 3: Brush Up the Nap

After the shoes have dried completely, it's time to brush up the suede's nap to restore its soft, fluffy texture. Use a clean suede brush or a soft shoe brush and brush the nap in a single direction. This helps lift the fibers and make the suede look like new again.

Extra Tips for Large Suede Shoes:

  • Brush extra thoroughly in areas prone to creasing or stretching, like at the toes and heels. These areas may need a little extra love to look good again.
  • If the nap looks uneven after brushing, try using a clean electric razor on the lowest setting to gently trim down uneven fibers. Be careful not to get too close to the suede surface.

Step 4: Protect for Future

To protect your newly cleaned suede shoes from future stains and dirt, finish by applying a protectant spray specifically designed for suede. This creates an invisible barrier that helps repel water, oil, and dirt.

Apply the protectant according to the instructions on the package, usually by spraying an even layer over the entire shoe. Let the shoes dry completely before wearing them again.

Tips for large shoes: Make sure you have enough protectant to cover the entire shoe. It may be worth investing in a larger bottle if you have particularly large feet.

Dealing with Stubborn Stains on Suede Shoes

Sometimes suede shoes can get stubborn stains that don't come out with regular cleaning. Here are some tips for removing specific types of stains:

  • Water Stains: Gently brush with a clean, dry suede brush. If the stain persists, try rubbing gently with a clean pencil eraser.
  • Oil Stains: Sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch over the stain and let it sit overnight. Gently brush off the powder with a clean suede brush. Repeat if necessary.
  • Salt Stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and wring it out thoroughly. Rub gently on the salt stain until it disappears. Let the shoes dry completely, then brush up the nap.

Remember to always test a new cleaning method on a small, inconspicuous part of the shoe first to make sure it doesn't cause any discoloration or damage.

With these tips in your arsenal, you're ready to take care of your large-size suede shoes like a pro! Regular cleaning and maintenance will not only make your shoes look better but also help them last longer. And for those of us with big feet, it's extra important to take care of the shoes we have. With a little extra love, your suede shoes will remain faithful companions for many years to come, whether you wear size 46 or 55. So brush on and step out confidently - your suede shoes are ready for adventure!