How to Wash Moccasins

By Kallie Johnson

As you wear your moccasins, a soft leather shoe or slipper, they will become dirty. If only a few spots are dirty or stained, spot treat the shoes. If the entire shoe could use a good cleaning, clean the entire surface. Because leather is a porous material, do not wash the shoes in the washing machine. The water can damage the leather, as well as cause the shoe to lose its shape. Hand-washing is recommended for both spot and all over cleaning.

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Spot Cleaning

Step 1

Brush the moccasins with a leather or soft-bristled cleaning brush to remove dirt and dust.

Step 2

Add a drop of a mild, liquid laundry detergent to a soft cloth. Rub the cloth into the spot or stain in a circular motion.

Step 3

Rinse the cloth under cool running water until all soap residue is removed. Dab at the spot with the dampened, soap-free cloth to remove soap residue from the moccasins. Repeat as needed until the spot or stain is removed.

Step 4

Allow the shoes to air dry.

Entire Shoe Cleaning

Step 1

Brush the moccasins with a leather or soft-bristled cleaning brush to remove dirt and dust.

Step 2

Apply a half-dollar sized amount of foaming leather cleaner or saddle soap to a soft cloth. Rub the soap into the moccasins in a circular motion. Use a cloth to blot away excess foam. Apply more cleaner or soap as needed. Continue until the entire surface has been cleaned.

Step 3

Blot the leather cleaner or saddle soap with a clean, soft cloth. If the soap is not dissolving or has dried on the shoe, slightly dampen the cloth with water and continue the process.

Step 4

Rub a thin, even layer of a leather conditioning product into the moccasins, using a soft cloth to keep the leather soft.