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How to Clean Velvet Shoes: 3 Time Saving Steps

Velvet shoes give you a very elegant and luxurious style, at the same time require a lot of care in handling. If the weather is rainy, never think about wearing them, otherwise you will come back with smudge and muddy shoes. A step by step guide is provided for the cleaning of dirty and any type of spotted velvet shoes.


Step 1: Tools Collection for Cleaning

Collect all the things before starting the cleaning process. Tools required for cleaning include: a soft shoe brush, mild cleaning soap, a toothbrush with soft bristles, protective spray, dry cleaning bar, baby powder or corn starch (for oil stains), a dry clean cloth and a damp cloth.

Step 2: Method Selection for Cleaning


Method 1:

In case the shoes are muddy, let them dry and then wipe out all the dust with a soft shoe brush. Use a soft bristles old tooth brush to clean those areas where brush can’t reach.

When the shoes have some stain then figure it out which type of stain you have on your shoes. It can be wet, dry or oily stain.

Method 2:

Are you in a situation when the stain is wet? Don’t worry at all. Use a clean dry cloth to blot the moisture away with one or two attempts. Apply some pressure over the area, so that moisture can be absorbed into the cloth. Continue this process until you do not achieve the nice look of your velvet shoes back.

Method 3: 

If the stain has become dry, then it will be a little bit harder to remove such a stubborn spot. Rub a damp clean cloth over the stained surface and brush off dried particles. Then gently scrub a dry cleaning bar over the dry stain to wipe out the remaining spots. If the stain is still there, prepare a mixture of warm water with mild cleaning soap and apply it gently with clean cloth. Continue straight motion for rubbing and don’t dampen the shoes too much. Let it completely dry. You can also dissolve lemon and baking powder into warm water in case the stain is very stubborn.

Method 4:

Sometimes the velvet shoes get oily stains, so the best approach in this situation is to use baby powder or corn starch. Sprinkle some powder over the oily stain and let it absorb the underlying oil. Leave it as it is for some time and then wipe out the extra powder through brushing the shoe area. Repeat the same process for desired results.

Pro Tips: Velvet shoes should be cleaned after they get completely dry in case they are muddy. If they are spotted, then better to clean them when the stains are wet. It will be easy to wipe out the stains along with its moisture. When the stains get dried, then gently do scrubbing to avoid any damage to the shoes. Oily stains should be treated as early as possible to stop the oil spreading over the whole shoe areas.

Warning: Don’t dry the shoes with heat, as heat will damage the velvet fabric. Always use blow dryer with cool air. Do not use an excess amount of powder, otherwise the color and texture will get changed.

Alternate Solution:

We have an alternate solution for stubborn stains. If even after many attempts you are not able to vanish those marks, no need to worry. You can use paints for shoes. These paints are suitable for different types of shoes and are water repellents, easy to use, non toxic, and prevent stains. You can get further details about some of the best paints for shoes from our latest review here.

Step 3: Use of Protective Sprays

Apply protective sprays. Those are safe for velvet shoes to prevent them from future stains and further wear and tear. Let it dry in open air before use.

Pro Tip: Don’t apply spray over dirty surfaces and don’t over saturate the shoes with spray. It will make a choking matter layer over the shoes that will damage your royal and aesthetic look of shoes completely.


Last but not the least, you can benefit out of this very informative article about the cleaning of velvet shoes. You have two situations; either your shoes will get muddy or spotted with three types of stains. So you should treat the marks and stains with more care and gentle depending upon the case. 

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