My favorite pair of shoes got ruined this weekend… thanks to my new, high waisted, wide leg trouser jeans.
FAIL. After tromping around Manhattan for a few hours I noticed that the ink from my new denim rubbed off onto my lovely DV by Dolce Vita suede espadrille sandals and dyed them blue!
I considered them a total loss but pretended not to be upset about it because they gave me a massive blister and I couldn’t bear the thought of putting them on my feet again.
I reluctantly packed them in my suitcase thinking I’d toss them in the trash when I got home but last night decided, while cleaning the rest of the house, that I would try to salvage them. I googled “removing denim dye from suede” and came across a variety of home remedies.
- Rub with a rubber eraser
- Scrub with vinegar
- Find a fancy cleaner that has the means to clean your item for you and expect to spend $40+
- Throw the item out
- I tried #1 but stopped because the suede started getting even more discolored.
- I had no vinegar so #2 was out.
- I only paid $65 for these shoes and was not willing to spend $40+ to maybe have the stain removed
- #4 was a last resort.
With no vinegar in my cabinets though I decided to do the only thing that came to mind…
I pulled out my handy, cleaning toothbrush and using a little dish soap and water, started brushing.
After that, I used an old towel to really scrub the straps ince the soft bristles can only do so much.
I rinsed, blotted and hoped for the best….
Ta-da! My crazy soap and water method seems to have worked, for the most part, on my beloved red suede sandals. Here’s a before and after.
I took a chance since I basically considered them a lost cause and am happy that I’ve revived them!
Do you have any good fabric/stain cleaning tips?
This evening I have nothing but a whole lot of relaxing on tap since I was up at 5:15 this morning for a run! My relaxing may or may not involve baking a banana bread. I love getting my workouts over with early in the day – it frees up the entire evening for fun activities!