by Staff Writer
When you wear wear satin heels, an evening on the town will go from grey to glamorous. But unpredictable weather and unexpected situations can leave mud or dirt spots on your satin heels. Since an invitation to a great party could come at any time, knowing how to clean your satin heels is a must. Satin is a delicate material that can damage easily, so follow these steps to ensure that your fashionable heels look their best for your next night out.
Prepare your shoes: Using a dry cloth, gently wipe all dust and dirt off of the shoes. If you do not wipe down the shoes first, you could rub even more dirt into the fabric, causing widespread staining on the satin heels.
Blot the stains: Dampen a cloth with cold water. Blot the satin heel with the cloth, starting with the stains at the top. Dab the cloth downward, following the grain of the fabric. Clean any visible dirt spots or stains around the entire heel, making sure to dab rather than rub the fabric.
Dry: Dry your satin heels immediately with a hand towel. Blot and dab the moisture from the satin. Don't rub the satin material, because water streaks could form.
Deeper cleaning: If water alone did not remove all of the stains, use a little bit of gentle hand soap to remove deeper stains. Add a pea-size amount of hand soap to the cloth. Rub the cloth together to form a slight lather. If the dirt and grime dissipated with water alone, do not use soap on your satin heels.
Dab the stains: Clean the dirt or mud stains only. Do not use the soap on clean portions of the satin material. Inspect the entire satin shoe and blot each spot. Immediately rinse with cold water.
Remove the soap residue: Soap residue can stain satin heels, so you want to completely remove it. Pat the spotted areas with a wet cloth. Apply light pressure to eliminate the soap.
Dry the satin heels: Use the hand towel to spot-dry the moist parts. Never let satin shoes air dry. Water spots and streaks are common on satin material. If you cannot get all the water out with a towel, use a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting possible to gently dry the fabric.