How to Clean Scuff Marks Off of Suede Boots

By Mimi Abney

Sophisticated suede boots are the ultimate winter footwear—perfect for pairing with cashmere scarves and your favorite wool coat. Unfortunately, the fabric attracts dirt and grime easily. If your suede boots look a little dingy, here's an effective cleaning remedy to remove scuffs quickly and protect the nap from discoloration and damage.

How to Clean Scuff Marks Off of Suede Boots
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How to Clean Scuff Marks Off of Suede Boots

Step 1

Brush loose dirt off of the shoes.

Step 2

Using a vacuum cleaner attachment, skim the boots to remove dirt and loosen the grime attached to the black scuffs.

Step 3

Before removing the deep scuff marks, gently scrub the soiled area with the short bristles of a suede brush, moving against the grain of the suede.

Step 4

Clean black scuff marks by rubbing the area gently with an emery board or suede eraser. Brush the shoes in one direction to revive the suede.

Step 5

Brush the suede boots with a stiff clothing brush or terry cloth towel to lift the nap. You can also steam the footwear by holding the boots over a tea kettle.

Step 6

Use a silicone spray to protect the shoes after every second or third wear. The silicone protects the color from fading while resisting stains and water spots. Spray the silicone spray lightly for two to three seconds to coat the suede.