How to Clean the Inside of a Suede Shoe

by Jaimie Zinski ; Updated September 28, 2017

Deodorize your suede shoes with safe, effective products.

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Suede shoes can look amazing with a pair of distressed jeans or a high-end cocktail dress. However, weeks and months of running to work or enjoying nights out with friends have left the inside of your suede shoes looking, and smelling, less than fabulous. Avoid staining or damaging the inside of your suede shoes, boots or slippers by removing any excess moisture and deodorizing with safe, inexpensive products.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels
  • Baking soda or talcum powder
  • Hand vac or full-size vacuum
  • White washcloths
Step 1

Soak any moisture from inside the suede shoes with paper towels or washcloths, if the shoes are wet. Never use a hairdryer to dry suede shoes, as this will cause damage or shrinkage. Either dab at the excess moisture before allowing the suede to dry out, or shove balls of paper towels into the shoes and allow them to soak up the excess. Either way, allow the suede shoes to dry overnight.

Step 2

Sprinkle a light coating of baking soda or talcum powder inside the shoes. Both products soak up excess liquid and odors from inside shoes. Allow the talcum powder or baking soda to remain for at least eight hours, or overnight.

Step 3

Flip the shoes upside down and shake them to remove the excess loose powder or baking soda. Remove the remaining powder or baking soda with a hand vac or the hose of a full-sized vacuum.

Step 4

Store suede shoes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Stuffing the shoes with paper towels or clean, white washcloths also helps the shoes retain their shape.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.