How to Clean High Heels How to Clean High Heels

How to Clean High Heels

Whether we are off to work or a wedding (or even just dancing around at home!), it’s no secret that we love flaunting a pair of cute heels whenever we can at Review. They are one of our wardrobe staples that get daily use alongside our lovely dresses and skirts. However, the more we wear our favourite footwear, the more they need a bit of TLC. Discover the best ways on how to clean high heels with us below!

2 June 2020

How to Clean High Heel Inners

Regardless of the outside material of your heels, most inners of high heels are made from either real of faux leather - both of which are extremely easy to clean. 

  1. Start by grabbing a packet of unscented baby wipes. If you have none on hand, then creating a diluted mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar dabbed on cotton wool will also work.
  2. Gently wipe the inside of your shoe to remove any dirt, stains or other nasties. If you used the vinegar-water mixture, use a clean cotton bud to remove any residue.
  3. Finish by allowing the shoes to air out for a few hours.

How to Clean Leather High Heels

A staple in our collection of heels, leather is a highly versatile, hard-wearing material perfect for the workweek wardrobe.

  1. Using a dry cloth or piece of paper towel, wipe down the heels to remove any dirt, mud or dust from the surface. 
  2. Using warm water, moisten a sponge and then wring it out so it's not over-satuarated.
  3. Using the sponge, wipe the leather until it's clean. You may need to repeat steps 2 and 3 for each heel depending o how dirty they are.
  4. For stubborn stains, apply shoe wax or petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) to the area and rub it in with a cotton ball. Remove any excess wax or jelly.
  5. Once the leather is free from dirt and scuffs, you may want to buff your high heels with a dry rag.
  6. Finish by applying a leather conditioner to the heels to keep them in pristine condition. 
How to Clean Satin High Heels
Although the semi-matte finish of satin high heels is stunning, they do require a little more attention when it comes to cleaning them.
  1. Using a dry cloth or piece of paper towel, wipe down the heels to remove any dirt, mud or dust from the surface.
  2. Following the grain of the fabric, use a cold damp cloth to dab any dirty spots. It's important not to rub stains as it will likely spread them rather than clean them.
  3. Pat dry the blotted area with a separate dry cloth. 
  4. For stubborn stains on satin heels, add some mild soap to your damp cloth and continue to dab then pat dry with a separate cloth. 
How to Clean Suede High Heels
Confident and bold, our suede heels are our go-to for special occasions, even if they are prone to scuffs and stains. 
  1. Before cleaning, ensure that the suede on the heels is dry. Cleaning wet suede will spread the dirt easier than it will when it's dry.
  2. For light scuffs, lightly rub a clean white pencil eraser or suede eraser in a back and forth motion over the areas. 
  3. For the stubborn stains, use a cloth soaked in white vinegar to blot the stains. Let the vinegar on the heels dry. 
  4. Once either the eraser has removed the dirt or vinegar has completely dried, use a suede brush or soft toothbrush to restore the nap. 
  5. Always store your suede heels in their box or dust bag to keep them in top condition. 
How to Clean Patent Leather High Heels
When we really want to make a statement with our footwear, patent leather is always at the top of our list. 
  1. Using a damp cloth or unscented baby wipe, wipe the heels in a circular motion to remove any dirt and scuffs.
  2. For more stubborn stains, gently rub petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) into the surface or use a patent leather cleanser to remove scuffs and scratches.
  3. Once the patent leather is cleaned using any of the above methods, buff the heels with a clean soft cotton cloth to return its glossy coat. 
Tips & Tricks for Cleaning High Heels
  • Always read the label to find out what material the upper is created from. Even though it may look like leather, it could actually be patent leather.
  • Take your time when it comes to cleaning your heels and they will repay you with a lifetime of wear.
  • Although we love a bit of household DIY, consider using appropriate cleaning products for shoes such as leather wipes or a suede brush. 

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