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How to Waterproof Satin

Updated April 17, 2017

Satin shoes and handbags may be elegant, but they are easily stained by water and other substances. Waterproofing your satin items will prolong their useful lives and make them easier to clean. Waterproofing satin items is a simple, inexpensive process.

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  1. Clean satin item to be waterproofed by placing the nylon stocking on your hand and rubbing dirty spots in a circular motion.

  2. If item still has dirty areas, clean thoroughly with soap and water. Allow to dry.

  3. Spray satin item with waterproofing product according to manufacturer's instructions. Allow to dry. Treat item again with waterproofing product and allow to dry. Treat item a third time if desired.

  4. Repeat waterproofing treatment every three to four weeks.

  5. Clean item with soap and water between treatments.

  6. Tip

    Before waterproofing a satin item for the first time, test some of the waterproofing product on a small inconspicuous area.

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Things You'll Need

  • Nylon stocking
  • Soap and water
  • Waterproofing product for leather or suede

About the Author

Matthew Huntington has been writing travel articles since 2002. His pieces have appeared in "National Geographic Traveler," "American Way" and "The Miami Herald." Huntington speaks fluent Spanish and has lived in many parts of Latin America, including Ecuador, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in European studies from Brigham Young University.

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