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.
‘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…