Ballroom Dance > How Do You Keep Satin Shoes Clean?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by pnoisette, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. pnoisette

    pnoisette New Member

    Flesh colored satin shoes are the norm for women but a pain to keep clean. Mine end up looking dirty in no time. I like to practise in the shoes I plan to use at comps, but hate to get them looking dingy by the time the competitions come around. Any ideas how to keep them clean? Someone recommended Scotch Guard but it's off the market now due to its hazardous ingredients. I've seen some dancers who slip leg warmers over the shoes, but don't know how they manage to not have to slip the warmers over the soles.

    Once they get dirty, does anyone have suggestions how to clean them? :confused:
  2. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Are you sure a reformulation hasn't been put back on market?
  3. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Dye them different colors ( darker each time needed )till finishing with black
  4. pnoisette

    pnoisette New Member

    Dye Them?

    Hey Tango Time: What a creative solution. However, someone more experienced in the dance world told me that colored shoes are not so in these days, although dyeing them in a flesh tone seems possible? Supposedly, flesh tone shoes help visually to create an unbroken line from leg to foot. What sort of dye would you use?
  5. waltzgirl

    waltzgirl Active Member

    I use the same style of shoe for practice and comps, but not the same shoes. I either buy a pair in black for practice or I demote my last comp pair when I buy a new pair.

    But there is a thread on cleaning shoes which you can probably find on search.
  6. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Paint 'em. Jacquard Lumiere has excellent coverage and IMO is not at all stiff or sticky like some other fabric paints.
  7. waltzgirl

    waltzgirl Active Member

    What color do you use to paint them flesh-colored?
  8. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    I mix Bronze and Gold, but they also have a number of gold tones that may work as nude. Depends on what shade you are trying to match.
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    funny...I don't particularly care how dirty my shoes get...smelly, I care...dirty, meh...
    s2k likes this.
  10. Phoenix

    Phoenix New Member

    Someone told me Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great, although I haven't tried it yet.
  11. little_mouse

    little_mouse Member

    I tried the Eraser and my shoe started to turn white (from the bleach I guess).
  12. mummsie

    mummsie Member

    Eucapytus oil if you can get it works like magic. Just put a little on a cotton ball and wipe it over. I have also used just a small amount of pure soap and some warm water and spot clean them. Mummsie
  13. chachabelle

    chachabelle New Member

    I, as well, try to keep the exact same shoe for practice, then switch to the "newer" pair for comps. At the comps, if I get a big scratch mark, I just cover it with makeup (liquid foundation). It's not exactly the same color, but at least covers it up.
  14. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    eucalyptus oil, huh? never heard... never tried... interesting.
  15. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Would be rather.... aromatic, no? [​IMG]
  16. ACtenDance

    ACtenDance Active Member

    My partner tosses her shoes in the sink with some dish soap and scrubs them. Works like a charm. Even the sole looks like new.
  17. mummsie

    mummsie Member

    the smell goes when it dries but then if the shoes are smelly it does help mask the dead shoe smell for a time.!!! :) Mummsie
  18. ash_sk8s

    ash_sk8s Member

    Keeping satin shoes as clean as possible?

    Sorry for the 50 zillion threads lately.

    I'm about to invest in a pair of Supadance 1008s. Currently I'm dancing in a pair of $60 DiMichi's, but they're really a social dance/latin shoe and now that I'm starting to compete, I need to make the investment into real standard shoes!

    So anyways, I see that a lot of people use their more worn out shoes as practice shoes when they buy new competition shoes, but I am going to need this one pair of shoes to last me awhile. So I will be wearing them for practice and competition. I'm a broke college student!

    So what is everyone's advice for keeping the shoes as clean as possible?
  19. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Spray them with Scotchguard.
  20. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    Spray with Scotchguard BEFORE wearing (make sure you don't get any on the suede bottom though), wash them with a sponge dipped in warm water and Tide or Woolite - it gets them look very presentable if not brand-new and I've done it about 4 times with very grubby-looking shoes.

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