How to Clean Suede and Sheepskin Slippers
My Favorite Slippers—Ever
For Christmas one year, I bought my husband a pair of suede and sheepskin slippers in a dark chocolate color. Then, he went on a trip for a week. While he was gone, I tried on his slippers and discovered how wonderful they were. After a few days, I started to worry that when he came home, I would no longer be able to wear these slippers that I had fallen in love with.
I had no choice but to go out and buy myself a pair. What a great decision!
Why Do I Love Them?
- They are very warm.
- Sheepskin lining, suede uppers, and a full sole keep my feet's natural heat from escaping out onto a cold floor. From November to April each year, I have very cold hands and feet, so extra-insulating slippers are a necessity for me.
- These house shoes are so comfortable.
- My shearing slippers have a wide fit that allows my feet to move freely even when wearing my thick wool socks.
- They are durable.
- I wear them almost all day, every day, from November to April—and they are durable. With minimal care, I am sure I can get ten years of wear out of these slippers.
Suede Slippers Need Hand Washing
When your slippers need some attention, don't be tempted to toss them into the washing machine. Doing so can cause the suede to dry out. Not only will your shoes become stiff and uncomfortable, they might crack right open!
Caring for Your Suede & Sheepskin Slippers
- The Eraser Method
- As odd as it seems, an eraser works well to clean spots off of suede. Almost any eraser will work—from the one on the end of a pencil to a square eraser that's a bit larger.
- Choose plain, quality erasers. Don't use those cheap novelty erasers that have lots of dyes because some of that color may transfer onto your suede.
- The Vinegar Method
- Apply a small amount of vinegar to a clean cloth or rag and rub the stains or spots lightly. Do not soak the slippers in vinegar.
- Don't destroy the nap of the suede, but do rub vigorously enough to remove the stain.
- Of course, your slippers may have a slight vinegar smell for a few days, but it does wear off eventually.
Regular Cleaning and Preventing Stains
If you clean your slippers in this way every year before you store them in the spring, you can keep them looking good for many, many years.
If you wear your slippers in the kitchen like me, you may find that some stains will not come out at all. For example, oil stains are almost impossible to remove.
Of course, preventing stains in the first place is easier than cleaning your shoes. So spray your new or newly cleaned suede and sheepskin house shoes with a coating of waterproofing protectant.