How to Use a Crepe Brush | Cleaning Suede & Nubuck Shoes

How to Use a Crepe Brush | Cleaning Suede & Nubuck Shoes

Hi, I’m Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project. Here at the Hanger Project, we love helping the well-dressed take care of their wardrobes. In this video today we’re going to be talking about how to use a crepe suede brush, and how that’s different from the other type of suede cleaning brushes that we carry here at The Hanger Project. So how a crepe brush is different than the other bristle brushes, is that because it has a gummier texture, it does a better job just picking up and actually accumulating dirt from the shoe itself. To use a crepe brush, I mean you’re really just going to brush your suede or nubuck shoes in the same way you would with a suede cleaning brush. Right so you’re just going to brush it. And then as you use the brush you’re going to see the accumulation of some of that dirt. Now to clean this I mean you can just simply take this against a cloth, but you know if it gets a little bit dirty that’s completely normal. Now one of the things that a crepe brush does not do is it doesn’t do as good of a job in my opinion as a bristle brush actually getting into the suede itself. So you absolutely want to use a crepe brush for nubuck. You would never want to use a bristled suede cleaning brush for nubuck because it’s too hard and could damage the nubuck. But on suede, you know you can use a crepe brush to kind of provide just a different type of cleaning. But I still recommend using just a more traditional suede cleaning brush to kind of get into the actual suede piling and to clean the suede. If you have any questions about how to use a crepe brush please ask them in the comments section below. I answer all those comments or questions personally myself, and then second if you have any more questions, take a look at our How to Clean Suede Shoes video on our YouTube channel and then we also have a Daily Shoe Care for suede video that also goes into daily maintenance for suede shoes. I’m Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project, and thanks for joining us.


  • Kirby Allison says:

    Thanks for watching! Let us know what questions you have about the Suede Crepe Brush and all of our Suede Cleaning Products.

  • dashira jackson says:

    How do you clean the dirt off the crepe brush?

  • Lasskh says:

    I bought a saphir crepe brush (from a Swedish site), and it's very hard. Did get ripped off and got sold an old brush?

  • Richard Chen says:

    Where did you buy those gorgeous string loafers?

  • James says:

    Hi Kirby! Recently my partner had the problem of some denim dye rubbing off onto some light suede boots of hers. There's not too much of it, and it's relatively light (and mostly hidden with pants), but do you have any advice on suede cleaning products that might help in treating that more troubling kind of marking?

    Also I just picked up one of these crepe brushes for some lighter suede jackets I have, so this video was really helpful, thanks!

  • Armando Valencia Madrid says:

    Nice! Thanks for making this video!

  • Antonio Raffa says:

    Phew! I'm glad I saw your advice on this before I ruined a pair of nubuck with a suede brush which, as you say, is too harsh. The crepe brush is perfect for restoring that buttery feel of nubuck.

  • Justin Fenning says:

    Hi, I just got a pair of yeezy 750's, which if u don't know are pretty expensive, they need a good deep clean I'm just not sure what brush to use because I really don't want to ruin them could you help me out?

  • Qwertyuiop says:

    Hi, I’ve got one of these brushes for my Timberland boots (they are nubuck material). Would I be able to use a suede brush and cleaner bar, which are the two products included in the dry cleaning kit, made officially by Timberland intended for my type of boot, and then touch up the nap of the nubuck with this brush? Thanks if you answer.

  • Shin Khoo says:

    Hi Kirby, which between the crepe brush or the bristle brush would you recommend for cleaning full grain leather shoes with suede upper quarter inserts (for example balmoral boots with suede inserts)? Since the suede quarters are sewn right next to the full grain leather, how would you clean and condition the suede section without impacting the full grain leather sections?


  • Eric Jonas says:

    I’ve been frustrated seeing a lot of misinformation on cleaning nubuck boots.

    From YouTube “sneakerheads” using general purpose liquid sneaker cleaner, to reddit users saying a brass brush is fine.

    My question is what tools do I need specifically for nubuck? What about water stains? And is there any bristle brush that is okay for nubuck?

  • willda beast says:

    Can I use it to reset my nubuc jordans and fix water damage?

  • Dix Curbmaster says:

    always brush your suede shoes in one direction!
    this is rule no.1

  • David Coleman says:

    Why can't I use a toothbrush. ? Same thing .

  • John Wolf says:

    What would you recommend to clean a pair of sued louboutin sneakers

  • michael mostert says:

    Can I use a high hair brush to clean suede and nubuck

  • Adrian Montero says:

    What is the difference between nubuck and suede?

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