Suede is a temperamental material that must be treated with the utmost care, as it can easily accumulate dirt or stains. And when it does, you can’t choose just any run-of-the-mill wipe. A proper cleaner goes a long way, especially in the colder weather when your suede shoes are likely getting the most use. For shopping made easy, we’ve rounded up some of the best suede cleaners to keep your precious boots, loafers and more looking pristine. The next time your footwear gets scuffed up, you’ll be ready to tackle the issue with any one of these top picks (just make sure to avoid wearing your suede shoes in rain or snow, as this can cause permanent damage).
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1. Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner
This features a four ounce bottle of cleaner and a standard cleaning brush with a handcrafted wood handle.
Pros: Its size makes it easily portable. The solution is 98.3% natural, completely biodegradable and safe on all colors and materials.
Cons: The synthetic brush bristles may be flimsy.
2. Angelus Easy Cleaner Kit
This kit comes with an eight ounce bottle of cleaner, a premium microfiber towel and a brush.
Pros: In addition to cleaning suede, it will work on leather, buck, rubber, linen, gore-tex, nylon, satin, canvas, plastic and vinyl.
Cons: Some of the bristles may come out of the brush.
3. Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner
This cleaner’s concentrate is made with saddle soap, gentle oils and conditioners.
Pros: It comes with a brush and also works on leather, vinyl, nubuck, canvas, cloth and more.
Cons: Some may prefer a bigger brush.
4. Kiwi Suede and Nubuck Kit
This option contains a 4.25 ounce bottle of cleaning spray, 4.25 ounces of suede protector (also a spray), a handled cleaning brush a cloth and a stain eraser block.
Pros: It comes in a zippered case to keep everything together, making it easy to travel with.
Cons: The product may have a pungent odor so it may be best used outdoors.
5. Lincoln E-Z Cleaner
This product efficiently cleans suede, leather, nubuck, vinyl, linen, nylon, canvas and satin.
Pros: Your purchase comes as a pack of two eight ounce bottles.
Cons: It doesn’t come with an applicator.
6. Bickmore Suede & Nubuck Cleaner
This 8 ounce spray features a residue-free formula for a good-as-new finish.
Pros: It’s non-toxic and non-flammable. It will safely remove most oil and water-based stains from suede, nubuck, leather and fabric.
Cons: It has a strong odor.
7. Aged Leather Pros Cleaner
This pH-balanced cleaning spray is also eight ounces and made with all-natural plant-based ingredients.
Pros: It’s odorless, safe on skin and won’t leave any tacky residue behind. It can be used on any kind of leather. It also helps prevent mold and mildew.
Cons: It may be difficult to use on tough stains.