How to clean moccasins
Leather is a porous material. It will collect dirt and lose its shine. Always use hand cleaning rather than placing them in a washing machine. It is a good idea to clean new leather as well as used leather. Use a soft nylon brush or cloth to remove loose dirt. Make sure the leather is warm before working on it. Warm leather makes the fiber relax and better able to soak up the lotions. Leather that is conditioned will keep out dirt and water on its own.
If NEW, you can also use a good quality water repellent spray. Spray 2 coats. Make sure the first coat is dry before applying the second coat. Then apply when needed. Remember to spray in a well ventilated area.
To clean smooth leather moccasins, first use a leather cleaner to remove surface dirt. A good quality saddle soap can be used. Always use a circular motion to clean and make sure you have worked up a nice foam on the sponge. Stop regularly and blot with clean cloth to keep dirt coming off.
If the leather is extra dry, add about 25 percent water to some of the cleaner. This will allow the cleaner to stay on longer. Then apply a good quality leather conditioner, which will lubricate and soften the leather. On the top part of the moccasin, carefully apply. This can be time-consuming especially if there is a lot of decoration to work around.
If soft soled moccasins are to be worn outside, they should be weatherproofed. Weatherproofing should be done on the whole moccasin with special attention to the soles. One solution for wet climates is to use a mink oil-beeswax mix. The solution is heated until the wax is melted. Next, using a paint brush, apply it to the bottom of the moccasin and let dry.
For suede, be sure to use cleaners and conditioners made for this type of leather. 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.
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 using the above information.
To keep your moccasins smelling fresh use baking soda. Let the baking soda sit in the moccasins overnight and then shake out the baking soda. You can also use commerical products too like shoe sprays.
At times the fur around a slipper or boot needs a little touchup or it is tamped down from packaging. Get a spray bottle of cold water. Spray the fur LIGHTLY. Do NOT soak. Then with an AIR setting on a hair dryer, gently dry the fur while fluffing the fur with your fingers. Leave the fur to set. The fur should look fluffy and clean.