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The Best Methods to Clean Sheepers Sheepskin Slippers

Keeping your Sheepers sheepskin slippers in pristine condition requires a touch of care and the right cleaning techniques. As the manufacturers of these cosy companions, we’re here to guide you through the best methods to ensure your slippers remain soft, comfortable, and durable over time. 


Sheepskin is a luxurious, natural material that moulds to your feet for unmatched comfort, but it also needs gentle handling to maintain its quality.

Preparation for Cleaning Our Sheepskin Slippers

Cleaning your Sheepers sheepskin slippers properly is important to keep them looking and feeling great. Here’s a simple guide on how to do it:

Gather Necessary Supplies

  • Gentle, wool-safe detergent
  • Cold water
  • Soft-bristle brush or sponge
  • Towel
  • Sheepskin conditioner (optional)

Before You Start

The first step in the cleaning process is to give your slippers a good once-over, looking for specific areas that may need extra attention, such as spots or stains. This is also the time to remove any loose dirt or debris. 


Using a soft brush, gently brush the surface of the slippers. This helps to not only clear away surface dirt but also to fluff up the sheepskin, making the deeper cleaning process more effective. By identifying and pre-treating these problem areas, you ensure a more targeted and thorough clean, maintaining the quality and comfort of your slippers.

Our Recommended Cleaning Methods

1. Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is your first line of defence for addressing specific stains without having to clean the entire slipper. 


Begin by identifying the stain and then gently dabbing at it with a solution made from water and a wool-safe detergent. Use a soft-bristle brush or a sponge to lightly work on the stain, being careful not to saturate the sheepskin with too much water. 


This method is particularly useful for small, localised stains and can prevent the need for more extensive washing.

2. Hand Washing

For a more thorough clean, hand washing your slippers can be effective while still preserving their quality. 


Start by filling a basin with cold water and adding a small amount of wool-safe detergent. Submerge the slippers in the water, gently massaging the soapy solution into the sheepskin. 


Be careful not to soak them completely; instead, focus on cleaning the surface. Rinse the slippers in cold water until all soap residue is gone. Throughout the process, ensure the water remains cold to avoid any shrinkage or damage.

3. Machine Washing (If Applicable)

Machine washing is generally not recommended for sheepskin slippers due to the risk of damage. 


However, we’ve found that certain models, like the Elsa Mules, can withstand machine washing when placed inside a washing bag to offer protection.


If you choose to try this method, use a gentle cycle with cold water and a wool-safe detergent. Despite the surprisingly good results we’ve observed, this method should be approached with caution and reserved for slippers that are explicitly deemed machine-washable.

4 Stain Removal Tips

Different types of stains require specific strategies for removal. For oil stains, applying a small amount of talcum powder and letting it sit overnight can help absorb the oil before brushing it away. 


Wine stains can often be treated with a mixture of cold water and vinegar, dabbing gently at the stain. Mud should be allowed to dry before being brushed off, as attempting to clean it while wet can spread the stain further.

Drying and Conditioning Our Sheepskin Slippers

Drying Process

After cleaning your slippers, the way you dry them is pivotal to maintaining their shape, softness, and durability. The ideal method is to air-dry them away from direct sunlight and heat sources, which can cause the sheepskin to shrink, become stiff, or fade in colour. 


Instead, find a well-ventilated, shaded spot where air can circulate freely around the slippers. This helps in drying them evenly and gently. During the drying process, it’s also important to periodically reshape the slippers. 


This means gently stretching and manipulating the sheepskin and sole to their original shape to prevent the slippers from drying in a distorted form. This step ensures that your slippers retain their comfortable fit and look as good as new.


Conditioning your sheepskin slippers is the final step in the cleaning process, ensuring they remain as soft and luxurious as when you first bought them. After the slippers are completely dry, applying a sheepskin conditioner can help maintain the natural softness of the sheepskin and prevent it from drying out. 


Use a conditioner specifically designed for sheepskin, following the instructions on the product. Typically, you’ll apply a small amount evenly over the surface of the sheepskin, using a soft cloth or sponge. 


This not only helps in keeping the slippers soft but also adds a layer of protection, extending their lifespan.

Maintenance Tips of Our Sheepskin Slippers

Regular Cleaning Schedule

The frequency of cleaning your sheepskin slippers should ideally be based on how often you wear them. 


For daily wear, a thorough cleaning every few months is advisable to remove dirt buildup and prevent odours. However, for less frequent use, cleaning them once or twice a year may suffice. Regular spot cleaning should be performed as needed to address spills and stains promptly.

Storage Advice

Proper storage is key to maintaining the shape, texture, and material integrity of your sheepskin slippers when they’re not in use. Always store your slippers in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, which can fade and dry out the sheepskin. 


Avoid storing them in plastic bags or airtight containers, as sheepskin needs to breathe; otherwise, you risk the development of mould and mildew.


If you’re storing them for an extended period, consider stuffing the slippers with clean tissue paper to help maintain their shape and absorb any residual moisture.

Preventive Measures

Taking proactive steps can greatly reduce the risk of staining and damage to your sheepskin slippers. Applying water and stain repellent specifically designed for sheepskin or suede can create a protective barrier against spills and dirt. 


Follow the product instructions for application and reapply periodically, especially if you wear the slippers outside. 


Additionally, avoid wearing your slippers in wet conditions or in environments where they’re likely to get stained (e.g., in the kitchen). Regular brushing with a soft-bristle brush can also help maintain the nap of the sheepskin and remove surface dust and dirt.

Introducing Our Outdoor Slippers

Introducing our versatile collection of outdoor slippers, designed for those who love the cosy warmth of sheepskin but require durability for outdoor use. 


Our women’s outdoor slippers are crafted from 100% pure sheepskin, featuring a robust outdoor sole made from recycled rubber, making them not only comfortable and stylish but also sustainable. 


Perfect for quick trips to the garden or a leisurely coffee break in the fresh air, these slippers ensure your feet remain snug and protected, no matter where your day takes you. 


Explore our range of styles and colours to find the perfect pair that fits your lifestyle and lets you enjoy the luxury of sheepskin both indoors and out.

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