When it comes to buying footwear, we all know suede is an investment piece. From picking up protection sprays to avoiding puddles like the plague, it’s a delicate material that needs a lot of care – and if you do end up scuffing it or making it dirty, it’s not always easy to restore it to its former glory.
However, a post that has been going viral on Twitter has revealed that cleaning your favourite suede shoes might not be as intimidating as you think – and you can do it with a product you may already have in your beauty collection.
The poster behind the tweet, Kiera O’Hagan, shared a before and after picture of a pair of nude suede heels, exclaiming: ‘micellar water has just took all the stains out my suede heels everyone needs to try this’
micellar water has just took all the stains out my suede heels 🙀🙀🙀 everyone needs to try this pic.twitter.com/W89ozfd03q
— kiera (@kieraohagan) January 22, 2018
In the comments beneath the post, Kiera expanded on her methods, adding: ‘it works amazing i tried them on my white suede trainers too!! just put it on a cotton pad and rub away.’ She also confirmed that she used Garnier micellar water, which retails for £4.99, meaning that her solution is affordable as well as super simple.
The tweet, which was posted back in January, has been gaining traction ever since, has had a huge response from fellow shoe lovers who say that Kiera’s tip may just have saved their favourite pair.
Babe it works! Thanks baby girl ♥️ pic.twitter.com/1zc3VJdJmy
— Adilah Adil (@adilahbintiadil) January 25, 2018
‘OMG I’m gonna cry this might be the answer to my prayers,’ posted one, followed by another who exclaimed: ‘I swear to god micellar water is made with unicorn tears because it’s the most magical thing I’ve ever tried.’
‘This tweet has just saved my whole boots and shoe collection,’ a third agreed.
Speaking to Huffpost, dermatologist Hadley King of Skinney Medspa explained: ‘Micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin’ – and it would appear that the same can be said for fabric. Cotton pads at the ready…