How to Clean White Satin Shoes

by Tucker Cummings ; Updated September 28, 2017

Satin is a soft, silky material most commonly used for formal dresses and shoes. Satin is a beautiful material, but it can be troublesome to clean. White satin requires special attention because stains show up so easily against a white background. Whether you need your white satin shoes cleaned for a wedding, prom or other special occasion, this guide can walk you through the process of properly cleaning your special footwear.

Items you will need

  • Cold water
  • Mild detergent such as Woolite
  • Towels
Step 1

Remove any surface dirt or particles from the shoes with your hand. Don't forget the soles.

Step 2

Fill a sink or bucket with cold water and add a mild detergent such as Woolite. Follow the directions on the package to ensure you use the proper amount of detergent.

Step 3

Agitate the water and detergent to make foam.

Step 4

Soak the shoes in the cold water and detergent mixture for three to five minutes.

Step 5

If the stain has set in, rub the stain gently with your fingertips or a soft cloth. Scrub the stain softly in a circular motion.

Step 6

Rinse the shoes thoroughly under cold water to remove all traces of detergent.

Step 7

Towel off any excess moisture using a patting motion, and allow the shoes to air dry. Never wring dry any part of the satin, as this will lead to wrinkles.


  • Always use cold water to wash satin. Hot water can cause satin to shrink, making your shoes look wrinkly or misshapen.

About the Author

Tucker Cummings is a freelance writer based in New England. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the Association of Professional Business Writers. Cummings is also a food writer and curates the blog, Brave New Breakfast.