Suede shoes and boots are soft and cozy, but they can get scuffed pretty easily, even the waterproof kind. If you have a minor scuff or a patch of grass stains on your suede (or soft leather) boots, here’s what to do…

Dip a clean, dry cloth or soft sponge in glycerin, and gently rub it onto the shoe or boot until the scuffs or grass stains disappear. It will leave a dark patch. After rubbing with glycerin, scrunch up a coffee filter to buff the scuffed area, then let your suede item sit for an hour or so to dry completely. If you have a hard time finding liquid glycerin at your local pharmacy, you can use glycerin suppositories. Just cut one in half, and rub on the scuff. If your suede is not waterproof, be sure to test a tiny, inconspicuous spot first (such as a hidden part of the tongue or under a belt buckle). If the glycerin leaves a water ring after sitting for an hour, do not use. We’ve never had that happen. It usually works like a charm, especially on dark suede.

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