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Velvet shoes. How to clean?

Velvet sandals and velvet shoes are the height of glamour and elegance, to top off a party outfit with velvet sandals can make you the most admired of the party. Undoubtedly we are facing a sumptuous, elegant and sophisticated fabric, it is the perfect ally to wear at parties and special occasions. Properly combined, it can give an incredible touch of glamour to your looks.

Although it is also one of the most delicate and complicated fabrics to clean. But don't worry, because we are here to give you tips and advice on how to clean velvet shoes and leave them impeccable. The first tip, if you do not trust your skills, is to turn to a professional, there are specialized shoe repair shops that offer you the possibility to professionally clean your shoes (we are not talking about the shoemakers that change the heel caps in 15 minutes) - if you want to know our trusted professionals, do not hesitate to contact us. Without a doubt and as with almost everything in life, the best way to preserve your shoes is to take care of them and prevent their deterioration. If you are careful with your favorite dresses, and after wearing them you hang them on their hangers, or take them to the dry cleaner to clean and keep them in perfect condition, do the same with your shoes.

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But if you are a careful women and nothing seems complicated, we explain all the tricks we use to clean velvet shoes, safely and from the comfort of your home, to keep them as the first day.

Removing dirt and dust from velvet shoes

As we have already said, this is a very special fabric, and as such it is usually reserved for special occasions. But if you are a woman who does not reserve anything for tomorrow, and likes to show off her best looks at all times, do not hesitate and take out your velvet sandals for the day to day. It's just a matter of being a little careful, avoiding humidity and water at all costs.

Did they get wet by accident? First you must let them dry completely, if your shoes are wet DO NOT try to clean anything until they are completely dry, if you try to clean them while they are not completely dry, the fabric will be damaged, and it will be almost impossible to recover them. Very important: do not place your shoes in a place where they will receive direct sunlight or near a heat source.

Once completely dry, proceed to clean the shoe with a clean and dry cloth (a lint-free cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth), gently rubbing the remaining dirt in the same direction as the 'hair' of the velvet. If the cloth is not enough, use a soft bristle brush (like an old toothbrush), brush gently in the direction of the pile and make sure that the bristles of the brush do not bend until the remaining dust or dirt is removed. If you do this every time you wear your shoes, we assure you that you will keep your shoes or velvet sandals looking like new for a long time.

How to clean velvet shoes

We have already given you some hints, but now we are really going to tell you how to clean velvet shoes. Following this step by step you will be able to clean them to leave them luxurious. First of all, I'll point out the things you need to clean, they are very simple things that we all usually have at home:

  • A soft bristle brush (an old toothbrush works perfectly well).

  • Liquid detergent (any dishwasher for example).

  • A bottle with a stopper, and a glass or container.

Cleaning velvet for a "tune-up"

Gently brush the shoe dry with the soft brush. VERY IMPORTANT to do it in the direction of the 'hair' and without the bristles of the brush bending, if they do, we are rubbing too hard and we can damage the fabric.

Mix a little warm water and a tablespoon of detergent in a bottle, shake the bottle vigorously until you get plenty of foam, pour the contents of the bottle into a glass. Very important! Do not use hot water, as this will damage the velvet irreversibly.

Apply a little foam to the brush and carefully rub the shoe, without using too much pressure, paying particular attention to the stained areas. It is essential that you only use the foam, because if you clean directly with water and the velvet shoes get wet, you run the risk of irreparably damaging them.Remove foam residue with a soft cloth or brush that does NOT contain soapsuds. Let the removed footwear dry away from direct light or any heat source. To see if the stain has disappeared, wait about 20 minutes, and if necessary you can repeat the previous step to clean the shoe again.

It is very important not to use hot water and not to over-wet the shoes.

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For stubborn stains, we strongly recommend that a professional shoe care professional can clean the stain in question. If you need help finding a professional you can trust, you can contact us.

Finally, a couple of extra tips: avoid wearing velvet shoes when it rains. Velvet doesn't take kindly to water and can be damaged beyond repair. In case you encounter sudden rain, avoid puddles as much as possible. Once at home, avoid leaving your shoes in rooms with high humidity, such as the bathroom.

With these tips you will be an expert in the care and cleaning of velvet shoes, do not be afraid to use your shoes that you like so much. Your friends will envy you every time you wear your velvet shoes and sandals and achieve those special looks with which you always triumph. And if you have any doubts, you already know that we are at your side to answer any questions you may have... Don't hesitate to contact us whenever you want!

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