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Cleaning and protecting suede trainers

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4 steps to clean and protect your suede trainers.
Discover the care tips from the Monsieur Chaussure team to look after your suede trainers and increase their lifespan.
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Cleaning suede shoes to extend their life

Suede sneakers are a must-have for your autumn wardrobe. They offer a quirky twist on traditional suede sneakers. They can be worn with all your business and casual outfits.

Are your suede sneakers dull and dirty after a few wears? Don't panic, there's still time to save them!

In this article, we explain how to clean, care for and protect your suede sneakers to give them a new lease of life. With our advice, you'll be able to keep your shoes looking like new for years to come.

All the products mentioned in the article are available on our website. We don't recommend grandma's tricks using white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda or cornstarch.

Clean and protect your suede shoe

Preparing to care for suede sneakers

Before you start following the advice in this article, make sure you put red cedar shoe trees in your pair of suede trainers. Shoe trees help to retain their shape and absorb moisture and unpleasant odours.

Also remove the laces for best results; sneaker laces can be cleaned with Monsieur Chaussure sneaker cleaner. Leave them to soak in a mixture of cleaner and water in a bowl while you clean your suede trainers. Wipe them dry at the end to remove any dirt.

Red cedar shoe trees

Step 1: Dust and polish your suede sneakers

Start by dusting your sneakers with a boar bristle brush called a scraper. The Monsieur Chaussure hog bristle scraper will not damage the suede, even if you fry it vigorously. Brush in both directions to remove all excess dirt for a few minutes.

Some areas may be blackened by rubbing. These areas are often found around the tongue and eyelets. To remove the blackish appearance, we recommend that you polish your suede sneakers.

This is done with a brass brush. Brush in both directions until you obtain the peach-skin appearance of the suede. You can use a suede eraser if the pile is very shiny and the brass brush isn't enough.

If the brass brush isn't enough, use a slightly more aggressive crepe brush. The shiny areas should be bleached. They will regain their original colour after cleaning and renovation.

Suede trainers care

Step 2: Cleaning your suede sneakers

Next, let's get to the heart of the matter: cleaning your suede sneakers. You can use spray or liquid cleaners, depending on how dirty your shoes are.

In both cases, it's advisable to protect your work surface. For Monsieur Chaussure suede spray cleaner, spray evenly 30cm from the shoe. The colour of the suede will darken on contact with the shampoo, which is a normal reaction. Brush the shoe immediately after application using your Monsieur Chaussure shoe scraper. It is advisable to brush all the corners of the shoe for a few minutes to ensure thorough cleaning.

Leave your shoes to dry for a few seconds before moving on to the next step. You don't need a heat source to speed up the drying of your pair of suede shoes.

For stubborn stains, you can shampoo the suede with the product. It is advisable to use this product when deep-cleaning well-maintained shoes. After shampooing, leave to dry for a few hours before moving on to the next step.

Suede trainers care

Step 3: Nourish and revive your suede sneakers

Once your pair of sneakers has been cleaned, it's time to nourish and revive the suede. This step will restore the softness of the first few days. You can use a colourless or coloured spray renovator. Be careful with coloured renovators: we strongly recommend that you protect your soles, especially if they are made of rubber or gum. Protecting your soles will prevent colour transfer due to the pigments in the renovating spray.

Spray your Mister Shoe suede renovator evenly and about 30 cm from the sneakers.

Leave to dry for around fifteen minutes, then brush the trainers this time using your brass brush in both directions for a perfect finish. Brushing will spread the pigments over the entire surface of your sneakers. This step also adds texture to the bristles, giving them that peach-skin look and feel.

Only put the laces back on when the suede is really dry.

Suede trainers care

Step 4: Protect your suede sneakers

Now that you know how to clean and care for your suede sneakers, you can wear them with confidence.

With a little care and attention, they'll last you for many years.

To prolong their life, don't forget to waterproof them regularly. This will protect them from rain, snow and stains.

Our advice: use Monsieur Chaussure waterproofing product at the end of each maintenance session. You can also use it twice before a rainy day to give your suede sneakers extra protection.

Suede trainers care


You now have all the tools you need to look after your suede sneakers and keep them looking like new for years to come.

By following our care tips, you can restore your shoes to their original shine and protect them effectively against the elements.

Don't forget that the key to a long life for your suede trainers lies in a regular maintenance routine. Investing a little time and attention in cleaning, renovating and protecting your shoes is well worth it.

Don't forget to share your successes with us using social media and the hashtag #monsieurchaussure. We can't wait to see your sneakers shine!

Clean and protect your suede shoe

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