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Suede Rules: How To Treat Spring’s Most Wanted Material

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Thanks to its ubiquitous presence on the spring runways, from Derek Lam to Gucci and Jason Wu, we have been totally swayed in the direction of suede. But the 70’s-cool fabric comes with a cost: it is hard to maintain longterm. Not to fear, Zoe Reporters! To ensure you don’t shy away from the on-trend textile, we researched the best strategies for prolonging your velvety pieces. Read on for our findings, and shop a few suede selects while you’re at it!

3 Ways To Save Your Suede

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1. Waterproof Before You Wear

Whenever you make a suede purchase, treat said item right away with a stain prevention spray. This is a small step that will go a long way in extending the life of a piece. It also goes without saying that if your weather app calls for rain or snow, it is best to leave your suede items at home.

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Suede Protector Spray

$8

Kiwi

Suede Belted Trench Coat

$4,300

Gucci

2. Clean Carefully And Creatively

Coffee spill on your fave suede shoes? Resolve the disaster in a few simple steps: pat the stain with a dry cloth, sprinkle on corn meal or talcum powder and let it sit overnight. Sweep the powder off the next day with a toothbrush, and ta-da, you've rescued your piece!

*For heavier or dry marks (think: dirt), blot out with a towel dampened in white vinegar.

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White Vinegar

$2

Heinz

Jamanji Suede Boots

$170

Nine West

Organic Cornmeal

$16

Bob's Red Mill

Suede Skirt

$1,430

Adam Lippes

3. Leave It To The Professionals

Should your suede endure a daunting stain or damage, it is to trust a professional (dry cleaner or cobbler) to tackle the problem. Otherwise, you risk making matters worse by hand washing — water is a huge no-no for suede.

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