Care Guide: Slippers

There are few things in life as comforting as slipping your feet into a pair of cosy slippers after a long day on your feet. With many of us opting to stay home more than usual over the past few months, our slippers are possibly getting more use than previously. Here at Pavers, we have a whole host of fabulous ladies’ and gents’ slippers including snuggly full slippers, effortless mule slippers and adjustable touch fastening slippers available, but how is the best way to care for your slippers?

In order to keep your trusty slippers in tip top condition for as long as possible, we have put together a handy care guide for tips on cleaning slippers, washing slippers and smelly slippers. 

How Often Should you Clean Slippers?

The comfort of slipping into your beloved pair of slippers is second to none, isn’t it? But let’s address a question we often get asked: “How often should slippers be cleaned?” Typically, a thorough clean every two weeks keeps your comfy companions feeling fresh and welcoming.

The frequency can vary depending on usage. For those who wear slippers daily, a weekly clean might be more appropriate to ensure optimal freshness and extend their lifespan. Regular cleaning prevents the build-up of odours and maintains the overall comfort and quality of the slippers. Treat them well, and they’ll return the favour, offering that unrivalled cosy embrace every time you slip them on.

How to Clean Slippers

Follow our easy, step-by-step guide to keep your slippers fresh, comfortable, and ready to embrace your tired feet every evening!

Step 1: Check the Label

Start by giving that label a quick gander. It holds the secrets to your slippers' specific care needs. Every pair is unique, and some might require a gentle hand wash while others can brave the journey through the washing machine.

Step 2: Prepare for Cleaning

Remove any surface dirt or debris. A soft brush works wonders here, gently coaxing away any dry dirt without a fuss. If your slippers have a removable insole, pop it out for a separate clean.

Step 3: Hand Wash vs Machine Wash

For the hand wash brigade, a basin of warm water mixed with a dash of mild detergent is your weapon of choice. Let your slippers soak for a bit, then use a soft cloth to banish any stubborn stains. For the machine washable types, just pop them in on a gentle cycle.

Step 4: Rinsing and Drying

Rinse thoroughly and squeeze out excess water with care. We’re not in a rush here! Let them air dry, but keep them away from direct heat - we wouldn’t want them to lose their shape or softness.

Step 5: Freshening Up

A sprinkle of baking soda overnight can work wonders for odour control. Just shake it out in the morning, and voila, your slippers are ready for action!

Bonus Tip: Slippers’ Spa Day

Why not make a habit of it? Every so often, give your slippers that extra bit of care. A proper clean, an inspection for any needed repairs, and maybe a dash of fabric softener to keep them feeling plush.

So, there you have it! A bit of tender loving care ensures your slippers remain the snug retreat for your feet, day in and day out. Treat them well and step into a world of comfort every time you put them on.

Can you Machine Wash Slippers?

Certainly! It depends on the material of the slippers. Always check the care label. Many slippers can be machine washed on a gentle cycle with mild detergent, but some, especially those made of delicate materials or containing embellishments, should be hand-washed or spot cleaned to maintain their structure and appearance. Make sure to air dry them to retain their shape.

How to Stop Slippers from Smelling

The comfort of a favourite pair of slippers is undeniable. However, frequent wear can result in the accumulation of unpleasant odours, largely attributed to sweat. Each foot contains approximately 200,000 sweat glands, making them one of the body’s primary sources of perspiration and potential odour. To mitigate odour, routine cleaning is essential.

Regularly washing your slippers helps to eliminate bacteria and germs and removes the grime that accumulates over time. This not only eradicates odours but also extends the lifespan of the slippers. Utilise a mild detergent and follow the care instructions specific to the material of your slippers to maintain their condition.

In between thorough cleanings, consider using a fabric spray to refresh your slippers. These sprays are available in various fragrances, providing an immediate solution to odour issues and offering a pleasing scent.

For a natural odour-removal method, placing a piece of citrus peel in each slipper overnight can be effective. The essential oils inherent in citrus fruits naturally combat odours, leaving a fresh scent.

To summarise, maintaining odour-free slippers is achievable through a combination of regular cleaning and interim refreshing methods, ensuring that your go-to comfort footwear remains pleasant to wear.

Can you Clean Suede Slippers?

Cleaning suede slippers requires special care to maintain their texture and appearance. It’s best to avoid machine washing. Instead, use a suede brush to gently remove dirt and debris. For stains, a suede cleaner or a simple solution of white vinegar and water applied with a clean cloth can be effective. Always allow suede slippers to air dry and avoid direct heat or sunlight to maintain their shape and colour.

How to Clean Sheepskin Slippers

Cleaning sheepskin slippers requires a gentle touch to preserve their softness and luxurious feel. Here's a step-by-step guide:

1. Preparation:

  • Remove Excess Dirt: Begin by using a soft brush to remove any surface dirt from the slippers. Be gentle to avoid damaging the sheepskin.

2. Spot Cleaning:

  • Mild Detergent: Mix a solution of mild detergent and water. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the sheepskin.
  • Gentle Application: Apply the solution gently using a soft cloth, focusing on the stained areas.

3. Rinsing:

  • Damp Cloth: Use another clean, damp cloth to wipe away the detergent. Avoid soaking the sheepskin, as too much water can cause damage.

4. Drying:

  • Air Dry: Allow the slippers to air dry naturally, avoiding direct sunlight or heat sources which can shrink and harden the sheepskin.

5. Restoration:

  • Brushing: Once dry, use a soft brush to restore the fluffiness of the sheepskin.
  • Avoid Machine Washing: It's usually best to avoid machine washing sheepskin to maintain its quality.

6. Odour Removal:

  • Natural Solutions: For removing odours, consider using baking soda. Sprinkle it inside the slippers, let it sit overnight, and then shake it out the next day.

7. Maintenance:

  • Regular Care: Regular brushing and spot cleaning can help maintain the appearance and comfort of your sheepskin slippers.


Always check the care label on your sheepskin slippers, as instructions can vary depending on the specific brand and model.

By following these steps, you can ensure your sheepskin slippers remain clean, comfortable, and luxurious for years to come.

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