How to Clean White Suede Shoes

A pair of white suede shoes can make a one-of-a-kind fashion statement. Unfortunately, any dirt or grime that comes in contact with the shoes will become very noticeable against the stark white of the suede. Suede is also a naturally nappy material and can lose its natural fuzzy appearance when soiled or scuffed. A thorough cleaning at home can restore a pair of white suede shoes just in time for another night out on the town.

Step 1

Blot at the shoes with a soft cloth. This will remove any moisture found on the shoes and will help restore some of the nap.

Step 2

Remove any stains that have dried by rubbing at them with a pink pencil eraser.

Step 3

Place a piece of paper towel onto any moist stains. Apply pressure to remove the liquid instead of rubbing at the white suede, which could cause the liquid to spread.

Step 4

Soak a soft cloth with white vinegar and gently rub at any remaining stains.

Step 5

Allow the shoes to dry and rub the entire exterior with a suede brush. This will restore the nap even further.


Jaimie Zinski

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.