How to keep your Ballet shoes clean!

How to keep your Ballet shoes clean!

One of the most important factors of a dancers body is your feet. Keeping your feet healthy and your Ballet shoes clean is all part of looking after them. The Dancemania team have put together a few tips and tricks for keeping your Ballet shoes clean and also how to keep your feet soft and callus free.

1. How to clean your Ballet shoes

How to Clean Canvas Ballet shoes

What you will need:

  • Lingerie bag/small bag
  • Washing Machine
  • Mild detergent (non-bleaching)
  • Soft towel

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Place your ballet shoes in a lingerie bag/small bag. This will provide additional protection and will prevent them from getting caught inside the washing machine.
  2. Set the washing machine for a delicate cycle, cold water, add desired amount of detergent and fill.
  3. Place the lingerie bag with the Ballet shoes into the washing machine and run through the delicate cycle. It is NOT recommended that you use fabric softener or any type of bleach product.
  4. When the wash is done, remove the Ballet shoes from the bag and lay them flat on a towel in a warm, dry spot out of direct sunlight. Reshape them, and allow them to dry completely before wearing.
  5. NEVER place your Ballet shoes in the tumble dryer.

How to Clean Leather Ballet shoes

What You Will Need:

  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Cup or bowl
  • Soft Sponge
  • Warm water
  • Soft towel

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Mix a couple of drops of dish soap in the bowl with about a cup of warm water and mix until sudsy.
  2. Wet the sponge with the sudsy mixture and wash the surface of the leather ballet shoe thoroughly.
  3. Rinse your sponge with clean water and rinse off any remaining sudsy residue.
  4. Dry thoroughly with a soft towel.
  5. NEVER place your ballet shoes in the tumble dryer.

How to Clean Satin Ballet shoes

What You Will Need:

  • Gentle laundry soap for delicate fabrics
  • Tub or basin
  • Cold Water
  • Soft Towel

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Fill your Bath tub or basin with cold water.
  2. Add desired amount of gentle laundry soap (follow product directions for amount of water you are using).
  3. Submerge your Satin Ballet shoes and wash being careful not to wring or twist the shoes.
  4. Drain water and refill with clean, cold water.
  5. Rinse the Ballet Shoes until no suds come out when you squeeze them (again, do not twist or wring).
  6. When thoroughly rinsed, remove the Ballet shoes, gently squeeze out excess water (do not twist or wring), and lay them flat on a towel in a warm, dry spot, out of direct sunlight, reshape them and allow to dry.
  7. NEVER place your Ballet shoes in the tumble dryer.

2. Extra Tips & Tricks

Moulding the shoe to the shape of your foot!

For a more comfortable fitting Ballet shoe, when your ballet flat is still a little damp after washing, try wearing them on your feet so that they conform more easily to the shape of your foot as they dry.  Be very careful where you walk though, because wet Ballet shoes will pick up dirt more easily than dry ones.

Keep those shoes smelling fresh!

To keep your Ballet shoes smelling fresh in between washings, sprinkle about ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in each shoe after wearing.

Dry Cleaning!

Try cleaning spots and stains with a paste made of water and baking soda and rub into the spot with a soft toothbrush and rinse with cool water. Use caution, because this method may dull or discolor the fabric, especially on satin Ballet shoes. Always test a very small inconspicuous area first to make sure the fabric of your flat can withstand the paste.

Never tumble dry!

NEVER place your Ballet shoes in the dryer—it is the quickest way to ruin them.

3. Looking after your feet!

The feet are the most precious tool for a Dancer and looking after them should be on the top of every dancers list! Below are a few ideas for keeping your toosties happy and healthy after any dance session!

Keep those nails short!

Cut your nails straight across the nail and do not curve inwards as this may cause ingrown toenails.  Also never pick your nails and always use a toenail clipper or get someone to cut across with sharp scissors.  Buff the edges lightly to take and sharpness off the nail.

No Cracking of joints!

Do not crack your toes! Like cracking, your knuckles of the hand this will dry out the joints and open you up for arthritis.

Keep your soles smooth!

With the help of a foot file/pumice stone and some foot lotion you can have baby soft skin on the bottom of your feet.  With the foot file or pumice stone, slowly rub over the hard skin areas in a circular motion.  Over a period of time the skin with soon soften, now wash with water and rub in a moisturiser/body lotion to keep the feet soft and callus free.

4. Dancemania’s Ballet Shoe Collection

Dancemania has a very impressive (if I don’t say so myself) collection of Ballet shoes and pointe shoe for you to purchase!  If you are looking for that very first pair of leather ballet shoes or you are wanting to add to that beautiful tutu with a pair of stunning Satin Ballet shoes…….then Dancemania is the place to come!  See our full range of Ballet shoes today!

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One thought on “How to keep your Ballet shoes clean!

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    Nice blog and it depicts the importance of Keeping ballet shoes clean. As these shoes are used throughout the day by the dancers, lot of dust gets accumulated in them which would create cracked heels thereby resulting in pain which propagates deeper. This makes it necessary that the shoes to be cleaned at regular intervals.

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