How to Clean Suede: Removing Water Stains

Spilled water on your suede jacket or shoes? Here’s how to remove those dark stains and get your suede accessories looking like new again.

What You Need

  1. Check toothbrush or other nylon-bristled brush
  2. Check suede eraser (or damp kitchen sponge)
  3. Check velvet lint brush

Follow These Steps

  1. Let your suede jacket dry fully at room temperature for about 24 hours. If there’s any mud caked on, let it dry too. Once everything is dry, use a nylon-bristled brush, like a toothbrush, to sweep away the dried mud.

  2. Once the mud is gone, use a suede eraser to feather the edges of any water marks you see.

    Tip: If you don’t have a suede eraser, you can use a damp kitchen sponge.

  3. Once the water marks have vanished, brush the surface with a velvet lint brush to lift the nap—the raised surface of the leather—back up, restoring the material’s textured look.

    Tip: You can use the exact same process for suede shoes—just be extra gentle as you’re working on them.