How to Get Dirt Off of Ivory Satin Shoes

by Andie Francese ; Updated September 28, 2017

Satin is a common fabric for footwear because the shine creates a nice enhancement for traditional shoes. Ivory and white satin shoes are common for wedding attire and have been used for years by women around the world. But satin is difficult to clean; water is often not recommended for the fabric, as water stains are common and impossible to reverse.

Place the shoes in a warm, dry spot in your home. Be careful to avoid placing them in direct heat or direct sunlight as that will only help to set the stain.

Allow the shoes to dry for 24 hours and then take them to an area where you are comfortable working on them.

Take an old toothbrush and dip it lightly in water. Do not submerge the brush and shake it semi-dry before applying it to the shoe. Lightly brush off any excess mud or dirt that is now dried onto the shoe in the direction of the fabric pattern. Normally the fabric is stretched over the shoe vertically, so move the brush in a downward motion.

Once all of the excess mud or dirt is removed, you will be left with a dirt stain. Take the Tide To Go pen and carefully rub it in a downward motion on the areas where the stains are.

Once you have removed as much of the stain as possible, take a barely damp cloth and lightly rub it over the area to remove any remaining dirt. Set the shoes in a warm, dry location to finish drying.

About the Author

Andrea "Andie" Francese. She worked as an entertainment editor, blogger and managing editor for the Mercy College "Impact" starting in 2006. Francese won 2 Quill Awards for her work on the "Impact" including Excellence in Journalism and Enterprise Journalism. She currently works for several blogging sites. Francese holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in media studies at Mercy College.