How to wash or clean slippers | Bedroom Athletics

by Gwyneth Moore April 20, 2021
How to wash or clean slippers | Bedroom Athletics

How do you wash slippers?

This is a question we get asked by our customers on a regular basis! You've purchased a brand-new pair of slippers and they want to know how to take care of them.

If you stop to think about it, you spend the entire day, week, and month wearing slippers. Why not clean them when you replace your socks each day? Despite how horrible it may sound, most of the time individuals disregard cleaning their slippers or mistakenly believe that washing them in the washing machine will solve the problem.

Slipper Cleaning Guide

“Can you wash slippers in the washing machine?” is another question we get a lot here at Bedroom Athletics. We all want a quick and easy way to clean our slippers, but putting them in a washing machine is often too harsh on slippers and will result in them breaking.

Read on to discover how to hand wash slippers without damaging them.

Marilyn Faux Fur Slipper Boots

How do you clean suede slippers?

  • You cannot hand wash or machine wash suede slippers so if you spill any liquid on your slippers the best way to clean them is by using a dry cloth to gently dab any moisture.
  • If you have stained the outer suede on your slippers, you can use a suede cleaning kit on the exterior by following the instructions on the packaging. A suede cleaning kit will normally come with a stain eraser and a small stiff suede brush which works together with the eraser to remove the stains. You could also consider applying a suede safe waterproofing spray to make it easier to clean them in the future.
  • To clean the interior lining (if faux fur) you will need to get a damp cloth and a small amount of mild washing powder or soap and gently rub the inside avoiding any of the outer suede to avoid staining. Remove any left-over washing powder or soap by using a new damp cloth to clean the inside of the slipper.

This technique is best used for our Bethany slippers.

A suede cleaning kit will normally come with a stain eraser and a small stiff suede brush which works together with the eraser to remove the stains. You could also consider applying a suede safe waterproofing spray to make it easier to clean them in the future.

How to clean Sheepskin Slippers?

  • To clean the inside of your sheepskin slipper, add a small amount of gentle shampoo to a damp cloth and rub the lining of the slippers all over. You will not be able to rinse out the shampoo with water so please only use a small amount of shampoo. Avoid using any detergent or strong shampoo.
  • Leave your slippers to air dry or dry them on a radiator on a low heat.

This technique is best for our Molly and Madison slippers.

How do you clean Harris Tweed Slippers?

  • Spot-cleaning with mild washing powder is the best way to tackle stains on your Harris Tweed uppers.
  • Use a damp cloth with a small amount of mild washing powder working the stained area. Make sure the washing powder is wool safe by checking the label on the packaging.
  • Gently dampen the cloth to remove the washing powder and repeat if the stain persists.

You can use the techniques discussed above to clean some of our popular Harris Tweed styles such as Kate, William and Louis.

How Often Should You Clean Your Slippers?

Every time your slippers become dirty, wet, or begin to smell strange, they should be cleaned. How, where, and when you wear them fully determines how soon that occurs.

For instance, you won't need to wash your slippers as frequently if you wear them indoors with socks than if you wear them outside without socks.

How do I keep my slippers cleaner for longer?

Follow these guidelines for maintaining the cleanliness of your slippers to reduce the number of times you need to have them cleaned:

  • Put on socks. By doing this, you'll reduce the quantity of dead skin, oils, and odours that your sweaty feet will transfer to your slippers!
  • Only wear them indoors. Of course, wearing slippers outside would make them dirty faster.
  • Allow your slippers some breathing room. In between wears, they need time to thoroughly air out (or dry out if your feet are sweaty).

Are Your Slippers Beyond Salvation? Bedroom Athletics Can Help

Sometimes, no matter how hard you scrub, your slippers just don’t have that same comfort and fluffiness that they once had. If this is the case for you, then have a browse at our wide range of comfortable and stylish slippers. Our men’s and women’s slippers are available in a variety of styles so we’re confident we’ve got something for everyone.


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