I have 2 pairs of light-colored Nubuck shoes which have gotten dirty, and
brushing them with a suede brush isn't getting them any cleaner. Is there
any cleaning product that will work on Nubuck shoes? Thanks in advance.
I have sold and cleaned numerous shoes (including bowling shoes) in my
lifetime, but I have not heard of "Nubuck." Cleaning depends on the
material you want to clean. For example, bowling shoe cleaning
involves the sole (leather), heel (rubber), laces (cotton) and leather
I got curious and looked it up. It may be difficult or impossible to
clean. There are special sponges, cloths, and cleaners. The general
approach is to apply cleaner with a sponge to make a foam on the
surface, then wipe with terrycloth.
I had some white nubuck shoes years ago. At that time, there was a type of
dry cleaner available -- it was like a little fabric bag with some type of
cleaning powder in it. We would tap it all over the suede-like nubuck, and
it did a pretty decent job of absorbing grime. I don't know what it was
called, but you might want to ask at a shoe repair to see if they know if it
is still available. I think a shoe repair might be a better source of
information than a shoe store.
Here are two Nubuck and suede cleaners from amazon.com (but I don't know
anything about them -- just something that I saw that is available):
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