Cleaning silk shoes
June 30, 2005 7:00 PM   Subscribe

How do I clean mud off silk shoes?
posted by snardo to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (3 answers total)
Best answer: Start by brushing it off with a medium-soft brush - something stiffer than a shaving brush, softer than a nail brush. Something like a mushroom brush would probably work. That may well take it all off if it didn't really soak in.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:03 PM on June 30, 2005

Best answer: Jacquilynne is right on

The key is to let it dry first, then whack it off. Don't go overboard with a brush right away. Beat on it lightly with the back end of the brush to remove any clumps that remain. Then scrub lightly with the brush. keep everything very very dry. Then vacuum off the dust. A shop vac should work well.

Brush, vacuum, brush, vacuum. A toothbrush will have the right stiffness.

keep everything dry.
posted by yesster at 9:09 PM on June 30, 2005

Response by poster: Thanks for the answers. I'm afraid it did really soak in. All the clumps are off, but the dried residue remains. My main concern was whether to use Woolite or some other wet solution, but your answers indicate that would be a mistake.
posted by snardo at 6:11 PM on July 2, 2005

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