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To help ensure your slippers stand
the test of time, we’ve put together this handy guide that tells you everything
you need to know when it comes to different washing methods and cleaning
slippers of all kinds.
On the other hand, slippers made from materials like leather, suede, sheepskin and velvet should not be machine-washed. This is because these materials can be easily damaged or even shrink when subjected to this form of washing, and some could damage the drum of your machine. As we will discuss later on, these types of slippers should be spot cleaned and hand washed where possible.
It’s also essential to note that,
even when your slippers are made from terry cloth, cotton or other
‘machine-safe’ fabrics, if these indoor shoes also feature a rubber outsole or
faux fur lining, they should not be cleaned in the machine. With this in mind,
it’s important to always check the care label that comes with your slippers
when you purchase them, as this should recommend the best form of washing.
As mentioned above, leather slippers should never be machine-washed. This means when it’s time for a refresh, they will need to be cleaned by hand. To do this, follow the simple steps below. Using a slightly damp cloth, wipe down the entire surface of your slippers. This will remove any excess dirt and debris.
1. Wipe down Using a slightly damp cloth, wipe down the entire surface of your slippers. This will remove any excess dirt and debris.
2. Clean with saddle soap After mixing warm water and saddle soap in a bowl, dip a clean cloth in the solution and thoroughly wring it out until it only feels damp. Using small circular motions, clean small sections of each slipper. You may have to repeat this process several times to properly clean dirty or stained areas of leather.
3. Buff dry Once you have cleaned both slippers, allow the leather to rest for five minutes and then buff dry using a fresh, dry cloth.
4. Use leather conditioner Apply commercially available leather conditioner to your slippers using another clean cloth and following the product instructions. This will keep the leather soft, supple and crack-free. Leather conditioner can be bought at most supermarkets.
5. Air dry Finally, allow your slippers to dry naturally for three to four hours before wearing them.
- The vinegar method
Put a very small
amount of vinegar on a clean cloth and lightly dab and rub the area of suede
affected. It’s important you don’t use too much vinegar, as this will result in
a lingering smell, and it’s also advisable not to rub too hard, as this can
cause damage to the fabric. Once the spot is no longer visible, leave the
slipper to naturally air dry. Any slight vinegar smell will dissipate over a
- The eraser method
effective, this method involves using a traditional pencil eraser to remove
spots and stains. Gently rub the affected areas, as you would if you were
removing a pencil error, until the spot or stain has vanished.
- Dip in cool water and shampoo
slippers in a bucket of warm water. When their entire surface is sopping wet,
apply specialised sheepskin shampoo. This can be purchased at most cobblers as
well as many supermarkets. The shampoo should be gently rubbed in using a
small, clean cloth. Remember to also clean the inside of your slippers using
this method - this should remove any bad smells.
slippers have been thoroughly washed with shampoo, rinse them using cool water.
This may need to be repeated a number of times to ensure all soap suds are
- Air Dry
Just as you
would when cleaning leather slippers, the final stage of the cleaning process
is to allow your sheepskin slippers to dry naturally. For best results, this
should be done in an airing cupboard.
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