How to Clean Wedding Shoes

Updated February 21, 2017

Wedding shoes are often made of satin for brides and patent leather for grooms. Unfortunately, both types of shoes easily reveal dirt, dust and staining. What compounds the issue is that both satin and patent leather require special care when cleaning. Dirty shoes are one thing, but cleaning them in the wrong way and possibly exacting damage is a problem that you may not be able to reverse.

Wipe surface dust and dirt away from the shoe with a dry, soft cloth. Do not rub the dust and dirt into the shoe.

Fill a small container with water. Add two or three drops of mild, liquid hand-washing soap to the water. Agitate the water with your fingers to form bubbles.

Dip a non-abrasive sponge into the water and squeeze gently to remove excess water. Wipe the shoes with the damp sponge to remove embedded dirt or staining.

Allow the shoes to dry in a well-ventilated area overnight before storing or wearing.

Wipe patent leather shoes with a damp, soft cloth to remove surface dust and dirt.

Pour a 1/2 tsp of mineral oil into a small container and dip a portion of a soft cloth into the oil.

Rub scuff marks with the oiled cloth, then apply the oil to the entire shoe.

Buff the shoes to a shine with a dry, soft cloth.


Never use shoe polish or acetone on satin shoes because both can damage the satin.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 dry, soft cloths
  • 2 small containers
  • Water
  • Mild liquid hand-washing soap
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • 1/2 tsp mineral oil
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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.