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Cleaning of fabric/ suede sneakers

Cleaning of fabric/ suede sneakers

I'm excited to be back with another shoe care guide! As you know, I recently splurged on the Nike LD Waffle Sacai "Green Gusto" sneakers, which feature a combination of fabric and suede. So, after sharing some tips on leather shoe care, it's time to delve into how to keep your fabric and suede kicks looking fresh as possible.

Regular cleaning

Regularly cleaning your fabric and suede sneakers is essential to maintain their lifespan and good looks. Dirt and stains can quickly accumulate, so it's important to treat them promptly.

Une paire de Nike Sacai en train d'être nettoyée

For suede shoes

Use a suede brush or a soft-bristled brush to gently remove dirt and debris. Brush in the direction of the nap and avoid scrubbing too hard to prevent damaging the delicate suede fibers. For stubborn stains, use a suede eraser by gently rubbing it over the affected area.

Une paire de Nike en daim en train d'être nettoyé avec une brosse

For fabric shoes

Remove the laces and insoles if possible. Then, prepare a solution of lukewarm water mixed with a small amount of mild soap. Use a soft-bristled brush or a sponge to gently clean the surface in circular motions. Don't forget to rinse with clean water and dry the shoes thoroughly after cleaning.


Proper drying is crucial to prevent damage to your shoes. Avoid using direct heat sources like radiators or hairdryers, as this can cause warping in suede and fabric shoes. It's best to let the air dry naturally, away from direct sunlight.


Once your shoes are clean and dry, consider using specific care products to protect and waterproof them. There are waterproofing sprays specially designed for suede and fabric, which help repel water and prevent stains (we'll definitely cover this in a future post!). Apply the spray evenly over the entire surface of your shoes, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Un spray imperméabilisant sur une sneakers Nike en daim et tissu


Finally, store your fabric and suede shoes properly when you're not wearing them. Use a shoebox or a cool and dry place to keep them away from dust and moisture. Avoid storing them near heat sources and stacking them on top of each other to prevent deformation.

There you have it! Now you're ready to care for your fabric and suede sneakers like a pro. If you have any questions or additional tips to share, feel free to drop them in the comments below!


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