ChatterBank1 min ago
Cleaning Satin Shoes
Anyone know how to clean satin shoes? I've tried dabbing at them with soapy water but this doesn't remove the marks and just adds water marks to the fabric. I've heard you can dry clean shoes but Johnson's won't touch anything without a "dry cleanable" label and these don't have one. Any ideas?
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Also, try another dry cleaners. Look in your Yellow Pages for dry cleaners that advertise 'specialist clean'.
As a very last resort, pad them out with clean cloth and hold over a boiling kettle for a few minutes. Then dab with a dry clean cloth. It is important that you leave the cloth inside until they are properly dry to keep the shape.
A last thought - you can buy 'dry cleaning' sheets that clean in your tumble drier. It might be worth a try on a low setting.
So, I did something that seems to have worked.extremely well. My daughter is exstatic!
1. I used a bit of soap and water, and pressure from my fingernail, to dlean off the tips that were a bit dirty.
2. Then I used a washcloth and dabbed the entire shoe surface to make it evenly wet. -- not soaked all the way through, just evently wet.
3. I stuffed dry wash cloths into each shoe to make sure they retained their shape.
4. I tightly wrapped each shoe in several layers of paper kitchen towels -- makeing sure to cover the toes and the heels as well..
5. Then I left them that way for a while, figuring that the paper towls would wick or blott away some of the moisture and help them to dry evenly without a watermark..
I got the idea because I know that when you wrap used paint brushes in paper, it keeps them from hardening when t hey dry by wicking the mositure out of the brush. somehow, it seemed like it might also work for satin..
Remove the crusts from a slice of white bread and roll the crust into a ball. Rub this over the stain & it'll either fade dramatically or come out completely!
Sounds crazy but works! Almost completely removed a big black mark from the toe of my ivory satin shoes and it's free!