Cleaning and Care for Suede
Suede is made from leather that's been rubbed to create a nap, or a slightly fuzzy texture. The softer underside of leather is generally used to make suede.
Water and Stain Protector
Treat new suede shoes with a water and stain protector spray before wearing them. It shall help avoid stains and make it easier to clean. A thin application of a suede protector will last for several months (that’s right, you do have to treat suede every couple months) and will help repel dirt and stop stains before they start. A tip to keep in mind before actually spraying: We strongly recommend brushing with a suede brush before and after you spray it.
A suede brush is useful to get rid of any surface dirt from your boots or shoes. This will simply help get the suede cleaner before more intensive treatments. Be sure to brush with the grain of the fabric, rather than against. A soft bristle brush will be ideal for this use. To preserve the beauty and charm of your suede shoes, prefer to brush the shoes after each use, before storing them.
Do not attempt to spot clean suede items with water, it can affect both the color and texture of suede. For tough stains, use a specially designed suede cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the label if using a commercial cleaning product. When dealing with tough stains that you have failed to remove, it is better to take them to a professional cleaner who specializes in leather and suede.
*Do not wear your delicate suede shoes during the rainy season.
When you’re not wearing your suede shoes, store them in a suitable way. You can use a cotton fabric bag (dust-bag) to store your shoes in cool, dry, dark places. Damp places (like basements) can encourage mold and mildew growth. Places that are too hot, such as attics, can damage the suede and places full of natural light will fade suede.
Cleaning and Care of Crepe Rubber
Crepe is a crinkly lace, crude form of natural rubber. After being harvested in liquid form from the tree, the raw latex is then coagulated to form a semi-solid substance, and then crushed, pressed, and rolled into sheets using a series of machines. Now a solid material, the sheets of Crepe Rubber are made.
NOTE: Crepe rubber soles can become dirty very easily due to their abrasive nature, and once they’ve been marked, it can be extremely difficult to restore the rubber back to its original color. You may be able to remove some surface marks, but the sticky Crepe retains dirt, making discoloration nearly impossible to reverse.
Cleaning with grease-removing detergent
Dissolve the colorless detergent in warm water and then carefully lather the sole with a sponge. Remove the more coarse dirt with a brush (an old toothbrush will do) and wash off using clean water. Any fine tuning can be done by a sponge using soft movements forwards and backwards. Please be careful not to get the upper leather damp. Crepe soles with Suede uppers are a really attractive combination, which is why such styles are regularly manufactured. It is very important that the detergent is not applied to the upper leather section.
As it is a genuine natural product – similarly to a leather sole – it should not be exposed to any extreme environmental influences. To be able to enjoy the soles as much as possible, you should avoid contact with extremely hot tarmac (e.g. in desert areas). The shoes should not come into contact with gasoline or similar solvents – this causes damage to the surface.
As it softens more and more with each wear, the material provides excellent traction and cushioning for your feet. When the foot impacts the ground, the soles act as a kind of natural shock absorber thus protecting the tendons and ligaments thanks to the thousands of air bubbles contained within them. Such an outstanding combination of features cannot be imitated or beaten by any other sole material.
Cleaning and Care of Leather
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhides, mostly cattle hide.
Brush off dirt and debris with a soft cloth or brush. Consider doing this every time after wearing your shoes. This will make it easier to buff and polish them.
For tough stains and scuffs use a specially designed leather cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the label if using a commercial cleaning product. When dealing with tough stains that you have failed to remove, it is better to take them to a professional cleaner who specializes in leather.
Condition the Leather
After leather shoes are cleaned, you’ll want to condition the leather for added moisture, waterproofing and protection from the elements. Apply the conditioner to the shoes while the shoes are still damp from cleaning.
Regularly polishing your shoes after cleaning and conditioning will help them last longer and look better as the years go on.
Let your leather shoes and boots dry in the open air. Avoid heat and direct sunlight, which can cause damage and cracking in the leather.