Cleaning your Satin Shoes in 9 Tips
With satin, you may soon think of smooth and smooth pajamas or sheets. But then we do this substance really short. This wonderfully soft and smooth fabric also comes into its own with shoes. And that is just as nice, because this year we see the satin shoes more and more often. In short: the satin shoes has become a must have!
Once you have scored a desirable pair and are wearing it to your full satisfaction, it is of course the intention that your newest addition will remain beautiful for as long as possible. Because the satin trend lasts longer than a few weeks. It’s here to stay! But yes, how do you keep such a delicate shoes neat and clean?
In this article will tell you everything you need to know about cleaning and maintaining satin shoes. Here are the nine tips that can come in handy if a stain unexpectedly looms up. Which of course can happen to the best! But first, let’s know all about satin shoes.
Satin: Not a fabric but a weaving technique
Many think that satin is a type of fabric, but that is a misconception. Satin is a special weaving technique. Do you like to wear satin pajamas or beautiful satin shoes? Then the material, satin, says something about the way of weaving in this case.
The weaving technique: How then?
What does this weaving technique involve? With this method of weaving, four weft threads run over one warp thread. This gives the material such a beautiful shine. The supple character owes satin to the yarns that are woven very closely together. Thanks to this special weaving technique, a fabric becomes soft, smooth, shiny and supple.
You know: Satin literally means shaved, smoothed. The word is derived from the name of the Chinese port Zaitun (today known as the city of Quanzhou). The first use of satin originated in the Middle Ages. Arab merchants purchased the material en masse.
Types of satin
Because satin is not a type of fabric but a certain weaving technique, you can “make” satin from different materials. You can make satin from a polyester fabric, but also from the more high-quality cotton types. The difference between these two materials is that cotton is a natural fabric and polyester is a synthetic (non-natural) fabric. If you are curious about what your shoes are made of, ask one of the sales staff in the store where you buy your shoes or ask your question online.
Satin versus silk
Satin should not be confused with silk. With satin it is all about a special weaving technique, with silk we are talking about a natural product. Although you also come across silk that is woven according to the satin weaving technique. But then we still talk about a 100% silk product. The biggest difference lies in the price. Silk is more expensive than cotton satin or polyester satin.
Because satin is a weaving technique and not a fabric, you cannot talk of good or bad quality. The quality of the satin product depends on the properties of the threads that are used.
Cotton, for example, has other properties than polyester. The length of the fiber also plays a role. You need a long fiber for an extra soft and supple satin fabric. So the longer the fiber, the better.
9 Tips On Cleaning Satin Shoes
Your new satin shoes are so beautifully smooth, shiny, smooth and soft thanks to the special weaving technique that has been applied. Because of their high cuddiness content, these shoes are also so popular.
And of course you want to keep a beloved couple as beautiful as possible. But yes, that wedding on that converted farm, where unfortunately it just rained that day, has caused your shoes to suffer a bit. Or that glass of wine that your girlfriend accidentally knocked over and the contents of which ended up on your right shoes. Well, that stains.
What to do? How do you ensure that your satin shoes look like new again?
Cleaning satin shoes is a delicate job and requires the right tricks. But it is possible! Are you reading along?
1. Soda water and a dry clean cloth
You can clean satin shoes with soda water and a clean cloth or a soft shoes brush. Make some soda with lukewarm water and moisten the clean cloth or soft shoes brush with the soda water. Rub – not too hard – with the dust and remove the dirt. It is important not to rub against the fabric, because the material will be damaged.
2. A dish of mild detergent
You can also clean your satin shoes with soapy water and mild detergent. Grab a toothbrush and dip the toothbrush lightly into the soapy water. Scrub very carefully – in one direction – over the stain and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Repeat this if the stain has not disappeared after one treatment.
Note: cleaning satin shoes requires patience. Make sure the shoes does not get too wet. That is not good for the material.
3. A soap solution of pH neutral soap
What sometimes also wants to work is soapy water and mild (pH-neutral) soap. Be sparing with adding soap and gently brush away the stain – along the way. Do not make the shoes too wet. Repeat the treatment a number of times rather than using too much of the soap in one go.
4. Baby wipes
Stains on delicate satin can also be removed by using baby wipes. These wipes are made with pH neutral soap and therefore very suitable for use when cleaning satin shoes. A big advantage of these wipes is that you reduce the risk of the shoes getting too wet.
5. Water with a dash of white vinegar
Fill a bucket with warm water and add a dash of vinegar. Gently brush the stain away with a clean and dry cloth or soft brush and move with the direction. Repeat this treatment again when, after drying up, the stain is still visible.
6. Water with sodium carbonate
You can clean satin shoes with the help of sodium carbonate. Do not use this product purely, but dilute it with warm water. Use a soft shoes brush and moisten the stain of your shoes very lightly. Rub the stain away slowly and with the satin.
7. Water with ammonia
Instead of sodium carbonate you can also use a small dash of ammonia. Use ammonia, just like sodium carbonate, in a small dose – 2/3 water and 1/3 ammonia – otherwise you will damage your shoes.
8. Water with a piece of hard soap
The simplest way is some warm water and a piece of hard soap. As with all the above tricks, this method applies: not too much, not too fast, not too hard and not too wet.
9. Drying your satin shoes
Allow your shoes to dry naturally somewhere in the house. Do not place the shoes on the heating and not in the sun, because the shoes may deform.