How to Clean Your Shoes

The first and most important step to look after your shoes is keeping them clean. Avoiding a build-up of dirt and dust will keep your shoes in great condition for longer. How to clean ladies shoes will depend on the material they are made from. Here's our easy guide to cleaning shoes.


Cleaning women's leather shoes is a crucial part of increasing their lifespan. Treated and untreated leather need to be cleaned with different products, most leather shoes are treated. You can check this by checking the label in your shoes, it is rare you’ll find leather shoes that are untreated, but it’s always best to check.

The better you look after leather shoes, the longer they will last. You need a soft, clean toothbrush, a clean soft cloth and some shoe polish to clean them properly. You might only need to clean them every few months, and condition them every year to keep the leather soft and supple.

Remove all large spots of mud and dirt with the clean, dry toothbrush. After this, with a slightly damp cloth, buff the rest of any dirt off with your cloth, when this step is complete you’re ready to polish your shoes.

Polish with a cream polish in the colour of your shoes. Apply it with a clean, soft cloth working across the whole shoe in a circular motion. Remove with another clean, soft cloth. Once dry, buff your leather shoes with a cloth or brush.

Patent Leather

Patent leather is easier to clean than leather. You can buy patent leather cleaner, but a soft cloth and a little soapy water will work perfectly.

Cleaning patent leather shoes is simple. Just put a small dab of petroleum jelly onto a soft cloth and buff shoes to give them a high shine. If you have ugly scuff marks on them, use nail polish remover to wipe over the scuff mark and remove the black marks.


Many people wonder can suede shoes be cleaned? The answer is yes! Here's how to clean up suede shoes. Preparation is key when looking after suede shoes, make sure you spray them with suede protector before wearing them. A small spray coating your shoes will significantly reduce the amount of damage you do to your shoes when out and about. Try to not wear your suede shoes if you know they have a chance of getting wet or rained on… suede is sensitive to water and you wouldn’t want to ruin them for the sake of a few puddles.

How to clean mud off suede shoes: Invest in a proper suede blush, they only cost a few pounds. It’s best to brush any mud or dirt off of them when they are dry. To clean mud off suede shoes, use motions of the same direction – don’t brush the shoes back and forth, use a consistent sweeping motion.

How to clean scuff marks off suede shoes: For scuffs that can’t be removed with a more vigorous brushing motion, use a pencil rubber to remove them.


Most women's trainers can be run through the washing machine, but again, check the label of your shoes just to make sure.

If they can’t be washed in the machine, follow the steps above with washing powder or washing up liquid.


Canvas is a fabric, which in some respects makes cleaning women's canva shoes easier than cleaning leather or suede.

If you're wondering how to clean canvas shoes, then look no further. There are a number of different ways to go about cleaning your canvas shoes and they all use things that you’ll probably have around your house. Before you start, you'll need to know how to clean mud off canvas shoes. Simply give them a scrub with a toothbrush or washing up sponge, rinsing with a little water as you need.

How to wash canvas shoes: Once mud is removed, you may be able to machine wash them, check the label before putting them in the washing machine though. If you do wash them in your washing machine, add a few towels to the wash. This will reduce noisy banging whilst they spin.

To clean dirt marks off them without running them through the wash, it’s possible to use baking soda, washing up liquid or washing powder as a canvas shoe cleaner.

  1. Baking Soda

    Use 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of hot water. Mix this into a paste and with a toothbrush, apply to the stains in a circular motion. Rinse the patches you’ve cleaned with warm water and leave to dry naturally.

  2. Washing Up Liquid

    You can use washing up liquid by putting a blob of washing up liquid into a small amount of warm water and mixing until the water is foamy. Use a toothbrush in circular motion to scrub any stains of the canvas and leave to air dry.

  3. Washing Powder

    Repeat as with baking soda but use washing power to mix into a paste instead of baking soda and vinegar.