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How to Clean White Suede or Nubuck Shoes

How to Clean White Suede or Nubuck Shoes

Suede and nubuck shoes are not usually bright white—they are more ecru—but they still need to be cleaned carefully.


  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Cornstarch or talcum powder


  • Cotton or microfiber cloth
  • Art gum eraser
  • Suede brush or soft-bristled brush
  1. Brush Away Soil

    Begin by brushing the entire shoe with a soft-bristled brush to remove loose and embedded dirt.

  2. Tackle Stains

    Sprinkle oily stains with cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb the oil. Leave on the stain for at least one hour and repeat as needed.

    Gently rub away any scuff marks and stains with the art gum eraser. Do not scrub and work slowly to remove the stains in layers.

    If the eraser doesn't remove the stains, dip a cloth in distilled vinegar and gently rub the stained areas. Blot the treated area with a paper towel to absorb the moisture.

  3. Dry and Buff

    Allow the suede to dry completely after cleaning and use a suede brush to buff the shoes to lift any matted nap.