Waterproofing Suede Shoes
DISCLAIMER: This process will change the color and texture of your suede shoes.
STEP 1: PREPPING
- Start the process by removing the laces from the shoes. This will provide unobstructed access to the shoe surface and ensure thorough cleaning and waxing.
- To maintain the shoe's shape and prevent any potential deformities during the cleaning and waxing process, gently stuff the shoes with crumpled paper or a suitable material that offers ample support.
- Use a horse hair brush or something similar to remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated on the shoe's surface.
STEP 2: APPLICATION
Position the wax bar against the suede surface and apply moderate pressure while rubbing the bar back and forth across the shoe. This will ensure an even distribution of wax and facilitate its absorption into the suede.
While applying the wax, be mindful of getting the wax in the seams and creases of the shoe. You may use a smoothing tool to get the wax in these hard-to-reach areas.
After applying the wax, proceed to smooth it out for an enhanced finish by employing a firm and deliberate motion with your finger against the suede, effectively working the wax into the material. This process will promote a consistent appearance.
STEP 3: HEATING (optional)
For optimal absorption and integration of the wax, utilize a heat gun or a hair dryer set to a moderate temperature. Direct the warm airflow against the newly waxed suede surface, allowing the heat to aid in the absorption process. This step will help the wax effectively bond with the material.
STEP 4: FINAL TOUCHES
In hard-to-reach areas where excess wax may accumulate, employ the smoothing tool to remove any excess residue. Be meticulous in your approach to guarantee a clean and refined finish, paying attention to intricate details and hidden corners.
STEP 5: CURING
Keep in mind that the shoes may feel slightly tacky to the touch for approximately a week. Although you can wear them immediately, take care to prevent dirt and pet hair from coming into contact with the fabric during this curing period. The curing time can vary based on factors such as temperature and humidity. Thicker wax layers and colder, more humid conditions may extend the curing time, while thinner wax layers and hotter, drier conditions can expedite it.
To maintain the shoe's pristine condition and prolong the effectiveness of the wax, consider reapplying the product as necessary or desired. Regular touch-ups will ensure ongoing protection and appearance.