Who doesn’t love slippers? Men, women, kids- dogs especially love slippers (but maybe for different reasons.) One of the wonderful qualities of sheepskin slippers is that they are comfortable to wear year-round. Sheepskin stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter- just ask a sheep. But how can you wear your favorite footwear without wearing them out? Extend the life of your slippers and keep them cozy and clean with these basic tips for cleaning and care of sheepskin slippers.
What you need:
- Slipper shampoo (non-enzyme liquid soaps only)
- Clean brush made of brass, nylon, or nubuck
- Suede-cleaning eraser or suede stone
- Wire brush (optional)
- Using a water-based weather protector on a suede upper will help prevent slippers from absorbing stains or being damaged by dirt and water. Try Water Guard (Multi Care Product Group)”
- Keep in mind that it’s important to clean slippers as soon as they’re stained, so the stain doesn’t set. You can spot-clean the suede leather exterior of the slipper, or hand wash the sheepskin lining. Do not put slippers in the washing or drying machine. You’ll be sad if you do.
First wash the suede leather exterior:
- Clean leather upper with damp, soft cloth (no soap.)
- Air dry (away from sun and wind.)
- Spot-clean using a clean brush made of brass, nylon bristle, or nubuck.
- Gently remove scuff marks and dirt with suede-cleaning eraser or suede stone.
Next, hand wash the sheepskin interior of the slipper:
- Hand wash for best results, machine wash not recommended!
- Fill sink with lukewarm water, add slipper shampoo.
- Test small area of slipper with dime-sized amount of shampoo (use non-enzyme liquid soaps only.)
- Using your hands, soft cloth or super soft brush, gently scrub slippers.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Rid of excess water by wrapping slippers in a towel, or lightly patting.
- Let slippers air dry. Don’t place slippers in direct sunlight, this might shrink them.
- DO NOT put slippers in the dryer.
- For extra care, brush fur out when slippers are dry using a wire brush.