Whether you've got several different pairs of slippers or just one favourite pair, it's important to treat them like any other item of clothing. You need to regularly wash your slippers. But how do you clean slippers and care for them so that they retain their appearance and quality for as long as possible? Here are a few tips on how to care for your slippers, depending on the material and model. You can also refer to our slipper care guide for Garneau sheepskin slippers.
Choosing the right slippers
Before thinking about how to care for your slippers, it's important to choose the model that's right for you. For this, you can consult our article on how to choose the right slippers, where you'll find advice on how to store your pair according to your needs, the support and comfort you're looking for, and the materials used, like suede and leather.
The material is the first feature to look for when it comes to cleaning your slippers. There are many different types of material, such as cotton, wool, leather, suede or sheepskin, each with its own benefits. Make sure you opt for quality slippers made from durable materials that are more resistant to wear and tear—and are easier to care for.
One of the most common problems with slippers is the development of
unpleasant odours. Prolonged contact with feet, perspiration, and heat encourage the growth of bacteria and fungi, which are responsible for unpleasant odours. If you have slippers made from authentic wool, you are lucky: wool, with its remarkable properties, is naturally designed to regulate foot temperature and perspiration, considerably reducing the appearance of unpleasant odours. In fact, all Garneau sheepskin slippers are made entirely from natural wool.
Regardless of the type of Garneau slippers you have, there are some simple things you can do every day to prevent odours. For example, let your slippers air out regularly by placing them in a dry, well-ventilated place. Avoid storing them in confined spaces with poor air circulation and where moisture can develop. Avoid wearing dirty or damp socks with your slippers. Instead, opt for clean cotton socks that will absorb perspiration and let your feet breathe.
You can also use natural deodorizers, such as baking soda, white vinegar and essential oils, to neutralize annoying odours. For example, sprinkle a little baking soda inside your slippers, leave for a few hours and shake off the excess powder. You can use the same method with a mixture of water and white vinegar or a lavender or mint essential oil, which you spray onto your slippers. After a few hours, wipe off with a clean cloth, and you're done!
Cleaning tips based on slipper material
If you want to give your slippers a thorough cleaning, the first thing to consider is the type of material they're made from. Each material has its own properties and requires its own cleaning methods.
You can hand-wash cotton, wool, suede or suede slippers in a sink of lukewarm or cold water and mild laundry soap. Gently scrub stains with a brush, then rinse with clean water. Then, gently wring out your slippers and let them air dry.
Generally speaking, slippers made from cotton or synthetic fabrics can be washed in the washing machine on a gentle cycle and dried at a low temperature. Use a mild detergent. You can also add a little white vinegar to the fabric softener to disinfect and deodorize your slippers.
Cleaning wool slippers
Wool is a somewhat fragile material. It's best to follow the manufacturer's instructions to preserve the quality of the material. If you want to put your sheepskin slippers in the washing machine, you can do so by following specific instructions. Set your machine to the delicate cycle with cold water and moderate spin. Please note that our sheepskin and suede slippers, such the Lazybone or All-Purpose Mule, can withstand the washing machine if you follow these instructions.
Cleaning leather slippers
Washing leather slippers with water is not recommended, as it can dry out the material. Instead, remove surface dirt and debris by using a soft, slightly damp cloth. Then, apply a nourishing cleaner specially designed for the treatment and care of leather. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Cleaning suede slippers
As with leather, you can use specific suede cleaning sprays on your suede slippers. Use a suede eraser and brush to remove stains and a brush to remove dirt residues and debris.
Slipper drying tips
Avoid putting them in the dryer or near a heat source to prevent animal-skin slippers from warping, shrinking or discolouring after cleaning. Instead, air dry your slippers. You can also stuff them with a balls of newspaper to keep their shape. Be sure to change the newspaper regularly, as it absorbs moisture. Finally, make sure the slippers are completely dry before putting them away or putting them on.
Slipper stain removal
There are homemade solutions for removing stains from your slippers without damaging or discolouring them.
In the event of a coffee stain, you must act quickly to prevent the stain from sticking. Use a cloth or paper towel to blot up the liquid without rubbing. Then, prepare a solution of warm water and white vinegar. Soak a clean cotton cloth and dab the stain until it disappears. Rinse with clean water.
The same goes for a wine stain: act quickly! Soak up the liquid with a cloth. Then sprinkle a stain remover, such as Terre de Sommières, on the stain, leave for an hour, then brush off the excess powder.
For a mud stain, on the other hand, wait until the mud has dried before cleaning. Apply a paste with water and baking soda after brushing off the excess dirt. Leave for 15 minutes, then scrub gently with a brush. Rinse and leave to air dry.
To prolong the life of your slippers, you can gently brush them with a suitable brush to restore the fur's tone. Dust them with a soft, slightly damp cloth, then dry them with a dry cloth. Finally, store them in a well-ventilated place.
Repairing and replacing your slippers
Despite all your care, your slippers may wear out or tear over time. There are ways to repair them, depending on their condition. You can repair small holes with a needle and thread in a matching colour. If necessary, use an iron-on adhesive to reinforce the torn area.
If your insoles are worn out or have holes, you can replace them with new ones and regain greater comfort. In our online store, you can find replacement insoles in men's and women's sizes for your Garneau slippers. Just make sure they match the size of your slippers.
If, on the other hand, your slippers are too damaged or too dirty, it may be time for a new pair. A pair that's warped, discoloured, full of holes, uncomfortable or smelly must be changed to optimize your foot health. Take a look at our wide range of slippers for men and women.
This care guide will help you develop the right approach when it comes to cleaning your slippers. If in doubt about specific cleaning instructions, refer to the manufacturer's recommendations.