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How to Care for and Clean Satin Shoes

As spring and summer trends welcome the resurgence of casual satin footwear, it's essential to understand how to properly care for and maintain these delicate shoes.
Satin, known for its soft beauty and elegance, is equally delicate and prone to damage.

While it's apparent that satin can be susceptible to chafing, rips, and mud, it's important to note that water can also pose a significant threat. Hard water in particular, can cause severe staining and damage to satin shoes, leaving behind stubborn white marks that may be permanent.

Prevention 

The most important step to caring for satin shoes is prevention. Avoid wearing your delicate shoes on rainy or wet days, to avoid any potential mud or grass stains. It may also be useful to avoid running or harsher terrain, to avoid scuffing and scratching. 

Another useful prevention measure is applying a protective spray upon purchase. A good protective spray can help add a layer of protection against stains, water damage, and potentially even scuffing. It should be noted though that given the delicate composition of satin, some harsher preventative sprays may change the colour or feel of the material. If this option sounds attractive you, consider starting with a small area first, and building your way up to the entire shoe to properly asses the spray. 

Attempt to store your delicate shoes in a dark and dry place, to prevent major discolouration, dust collection, and potential scuffing from pets or children. 

Cleaning

If you find yourself needing to clean your shoes, choose a gentle cleanser like a drop of dish soap or hand soap, along with lukewarm water, and either an old toothbrush or a soft cloth. When using a cloth, ensure it's clean and refrain from vigorous wiping. Instead, opt for gentle dabbing or soft circular motions with a toothbrush. Be sure not to use excessive amounts of soap, as it has the potential to stain or leave wet marks on shoes. This method works best for newer stains, but nothing is impossible. 

It may be tempting to used a shoe cleaner or harsher option such as bleach, however, given the delicate nature of satin, this may be doing more harm than good. If this option is what seems most viable to you, consider starting with a small corner and monitor the results over a few days to assess any significant changes to the silk. 

Another great option for cleaning satin shoes is dry cleaning. Avoid putting your satin shoes in the washing machine at all costs, as the delicate nature of the satin will not survive even a gentle cycle. 

Don't forget to enjoy your shoes!!

Despite the delicate nature of satin shoes, storing them away or constantly saving them out of fear of damage would be both a shame and disservice to their beauty. These beautiful shoes have the ability to enhance any outfit, exuding true beauty and elegance. In a world where we often overlook life's simple joys, taking pleasure in the little things, like wearing a cute pair of shoes, can bring a lot of happiness to our everyday lives. 

Try out our satin Kennie Rylie Women's Pirouette!

 

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