While the untrained eye and perhaps the average consumer might confuse suede and nubuck, there is a difference between them. They both have a soft velvety appearance, though nubuck is actually the stronger and more durable of the two. For a nubuck jacket or pair of boots, you actually don't need to rely on commercial cleaners. Basic items that you most likely have around the house are suitable for nubuck products.

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Classic example of the durable appearance of nubuck

Step 1

Brush your nubuck item with a horsehair or nylon brush, moving the brush against the grain to lift dirt particles. Shake out the item gently but vigorously to remove the dirt.

Step 2

Move the brush against the nubuck now in the direction of the grain, stroking gently to get the grain back in place.

Step 3

Rub a pencil eraser against light stains, wiping away eraser particles. If you have a tough stain, rub a 100-grit sanding block against it to remove. If you use sandpaper, sand only enough to remove the stain.

Step 4

Run a handheld vacuum over the surface area of the nubuck to absorb lingering dirt particles and dust from sanding.