I need advice on how to clean a pair of wedding shoes. Only worn for one
special day but they look extremely scuffed and dirty. I believe the bride
was walking by the lakeside of the wedding venue on wet gravel for the photo
shoot and despite my advice to wear overshoes or plastic bags to protect the
delicate fabric she chose not to and I fear she has ruined the shoes. Now
she has turned to me for advice on rectifying the problem.
They are an ivory satin type of shoe.
Any suggestions welcome
I probably need more information here or actually see the shoe. For
fabric, brush off as much of the dirt as possible using a soft brush,
an old toothbrush will do. If the shoe is fabric, use an upholstery
foam cleaner(in a pressurized can) per instruction on the package. You
can find upholstery cleaners in the automotive section. For a shiny
leather, use a cleaner such as 409 or diluted household ammonia,
rinse, then buff with a soft cloth and a small dab of petroleum jelly
(don't use this on fabric). To restore leather bottoms, use 220 grit
sandpaper, just enough to remove any shiny areas. Rubber soles can be
cleaned with acetone. If the shoes has laces, remove these, hand
wash, and dry. HTH
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