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MrsCloud

24-11-04, 09:06 AM (GMT (ST))
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"Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
 
   My pink leather ballet slippers are looking rather grubby, can anyone suggest how I could clean them? The're still in good condition so don't want to just buy a new pair.

Upon mentioning it to someone at my dance school they advised against using shoe polish as you don't want to make them too slippy, and anyway polish is usually coloured and don't know if you can get pink. She did say you can get away with putting them in the washing machine but only once.


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  RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers spooky 24-11-04 1
     RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers BeccaKing 24-11-04 2
         RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers Anjuli_Bai 24-11-04 3
             RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers BeccaKing 24-11-04 4
                 RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers Balletowoman 24-11-04 5
                     RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers BeccaKing 24-11-04 6
                         RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers Kate_N 24-11-04 7
                             RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers BeccaKing 24-11-04 8
                                 RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers Fiz 25-11-04 9
                             RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers Fiz 25-11-04 10
                     RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers miss_pink 01-01-05 11
                         RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers Anjuli_Bai 01-01-05 12
                             RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers miss_pink 02-01-05 13

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spooky

24-11-04, 01:21 PM (GMT (ST))
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1. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   For leather ballet shoes I have found that baby wet-wipes are fantastic (I do tend to use them for most small cleaning jobs) or I'm sure just a damp cloth perhaps with a little detergent would be just as good. I would advise against getting the leather wet through completely as it tends to get very stiff and the shoes never feel the same again!


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BeccaKing

24-11-04, 01:28 PM (GMT (ST))
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2. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   I heard that one of our girls used some sort of floor cleaner on her pointe shoes. Don't know which brand, though - we've been trying to find out but it was her mum that did it! She's an RBS senior assoc. so she must have picked it up from there.


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Anjuli_Bai

24-11-04, 02:47 PM (GMT (ST))
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3. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   I don't think I ever used anything other than a damp cloth - and that very carefully.

Usually I had a bunch of shoes that were worked in, but still clean, that I set aside for performances. As for smudged shoes in class, that was just par for the course.

There were a couple of girls who used shoe covers for their pointe shoes, but upon trying them, I didn't like that at all.


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BeccaKing

24-11-04, 02:57 PM (GMT (ST))
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4. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   I have to admit that I never clean mine - if I've got an exam I buy a new pair of flats, but in the majors of course you have to wear soft blocks and then pointes, so everyone wants worn -in shoes rather than clean shoes, and then I've been on pointe the last couple of shows (my teacher doesn't give them very often) so the same applies there.


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Balletowoman

24-11-04, 03:06 PM (GMT (ST))
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5. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   On pointes, to clean them, I have used calamine lotion which works well, but 'dulls' the satin (so it's not shiny anymore) and the colour becomes sometimes quite pink as opposed to soft, orangey pink.

For slippers, washing machine for canvas, sometimes also for leather (if they REALLY smell) but it WILL affect their flexibility, and any job in the machine will shrink any slipper.
For the odd spot, I would use water and a soft soap, but I also am one of those who like their shoes 'dirty' to show the hard work!


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BeccaKing

24-11-04, 03:11 PM (GMT (ST))
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6. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   but I
>also am one of those who like their shoes 'dirty' to show
>the hard work!

Me too - I only throw them out when the holes become dangerous!


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Kate_N

24-11-04, 10:21 PM (GMT (ST))
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7. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   One of my favourite pairs of soft canvas shoes is wrapped about with that long elastopast sticky bandage to cover the holes - it's like strapping your bare feet for contemporary class (I once worked in a studio with a floor that regularly took the skinoff our feet so strapping was necessary!). Bandaged ballet shoes can be very comfortable and form-fitting!

Kate


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BeccaKing

24-11-04, 10:26 PM (GMT (ST))
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8. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   I'm sooo allergic to that stuff! I used to strap up my foot with it with no problems and then suddenly my foot swelled up and did all those nasty things that happen when you have an allergic reaction. But I can't really go without strapping for my foot and I had nothing to replace it, so I kept wearing it for weeks! Looking back, I don't know why I did that! Of course now I'm sensitive to it I can hardly even touch it.


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Fiz

25-11-04, 10:15 AM (GMT (ST))
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9. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   Poor Becca! Re ballet shoe cleaning, I only ever clean leather shoes and I use a tiny dab of 'Fairy Liquid' on the cloth. That works like a charm, unless the dirt has got into a crease and you have to work it a bit harder then. Only use a tiny bit, so it doesn't froth up.


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Fiz

25-11-04, 10:16 AM (GMT (ST))
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10. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   >One of my favourite pairs of soft canvas shoes is wrapped
>about with that long elastopast sticky bandage to cover the
>holes - it's like strapping your bare feet for contemporary
>class (I once worked in a studio with a floor that regularly
>took the skinoff our feet so strapping was necessary!).
>Bandaged ballet shoes can be very comfortable and
>form-fitting!
>
>Kate
I read that as 'bondaged ballet shoes', Kate!!! I think I ought to use the Fairy Liquid - or maybe bleach! - on my mind!


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miss_pink

01-01-05, 07:52 PM (GMT (ST))
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11. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   do u know of anything else apart frm calamine lotion to clean soft blocks


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Anjuli_Bai

01-01-05, 10:26 PM (GMT (ST))
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12. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   I never used anything except a bit of water and soap on a cloth.

If the dirt has gotten into a crease or a seam use a tooth brush.

I've never used calomine lotion to clean shoes, but I have used it to color the elastics if I haven't been able to find the right color of pink elastics.

If there's some grease on the shoes, make a paste of baking soda and water.


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miss_pink

02-01-05, 04:33 PM (GMT (ST))
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13. "RE: Cleaning Ballet Slippers"
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   Hi
Thankyou for your advise
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