How To Clean Mukluks and Moccasins October 08 2013

High quality mukluks and moccasins are made from suedes, leathers, and furs that need to be properly cared for. Following a few simple steps will help you to preserve your boots and slippers for longer periods of time. It is important to ensure that your mukluks and moccasins are properly protected from the elements.

Mukluk and Moccasin Care

After purchasing your mukluks/moccasins, it is highly recommended that you apply a silicon based leather/suede protectant right away before use. Be aware not to spray any fur trimming on your boots as the fur contains its own natural protective oils.

Choose a fabric protectant that includes the following features:

  • Water repellent
  • Protects against UV rays, fading, and sun deterioration
  • Prevents mildew, soiling, and staining
  • Extends life of fabric
  • Easy to apply (spray on, wipe off)

Even after applying a protective coating, always ensure that you dry your boots out after wear in the outdoor elements, especially after exposure to rain or snow.

Cleaning Mukluks and Moccasins

1) Leather

Because leather is a porous material, your leather moccasins will eventually collect dirt and lose its shine. It is best to hand-clean leather using gentle soap and a soft nylon brush or cloth. We also recommend that you clean the leather while it is warm and the fibers are relaxed. This will allow the boots to soak up the lotions. Once the leather is conditioned, it will keep out dirt and water on its own.

Once dampened and the soap is washed off, allow your footwear to air dry. Never put moccasins in the dryer!

2) Suede

Be sure to use cleaners and conditioners made specifically for suede. As with smooth leather, be sure to treat them before wearing the first time. Use a suede brush regularly to keep the nap from going flat. By brushing off dirt before it has a chance to work into the leather will extend the life of the moccasins/slippers.

3) Fur Trim

At times, the fur around a moccasin or mukluk can become dirty. The best way to clean the fur trim is to prepare a spray bottle of cold water and proceed to spray the fur lightly but be careful not to soak completely. Next, with an AIR setting on a hair dryer, gently dry the fur while fluffing the fur with your fingers. After leaving the fur to set, the fur should look fluffy and clean.

4) Fleece Liners

If you have sheepskin or fleece liners in your moccasins or slippers, some can be removed. If so, remove them regularly and hand wash using a non detergent soap. Stretch them and lay flat to dry. If the liners are sewn to the leather, you can carefully wash the inside liners using a non-detergent soap. Dry in a warm place and condition the leather.

One Final Tip!

To keep your moccasins smelling fresh, pour a small amount of baking soda into the slippers or boots. Let the baking soda sit in the moccasins overnight and then shake out the baking soda the next day.