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.

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

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.

Agitate the water and detergent to make foam.

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

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.

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

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.