How can I clean my pointes?

Puerto Rico

#21 Oct 29, 2006
Hi my name is Camila I am 12 years old I am from San Juan,Puerto Rico.My problem is that my pointe shoes are dirty.How do I clean them?.They are Capezio size 2 1/2.

Rahway, NJ

#22 Oct 29, 2006
no idea


#23 Oct 30, 2006
Well, I heard rubbers help - I'm sure there are some ways to clean it, but maybe try rubbing the black parts using rubbers first.:?

Wow, Lilly, that's unusual of you!!! XD LOL, jk.;)

- Emz

Rahway, NJ

#24 Oct 31, 2006


#25 Oct 31, 2006

Aberglasslyn, Australia

#26 Oct 31, 2006
i heard that methylated spirits, rubed onto the pointe shoe with newspaper helps clean pointe shoe. never tried it though.

Ingle Farm, Australia

#27 Dec 5, 2006
i have started on pointes and the top is all dirty but my mum cleaned them for me


#28 Dec 6, 2006
Is the top as in the flat part??? Or just above the flat part?? LOL if it's the flat part, it's a good sign. ;)

Arlington, TX

#29 Dec 8, 2006
Calamine lotion work really well(I am assuming you have satin pointes), but if you use if make sure you get clear calamine or you'll stain your shoes bubble gum pink!

Stepney, Australia

#30 Dec 12, 2006
i dont know how to clean pointes, but if you wnat to keep them clean in class you could wear long football socks over the top to keep them nice.


#31 Dec 13, 2006
Dancer wrote:
i dont know how to clean pointes, but if you wnat to keep them clean in class you could wear long football socks over the top to keep them nice.
That's dangerous, you could slip!!! D= Maybe while you're not dancing, but when you are, you shouldn't wear anything like socks ...

Gawler, Australia

#32 Dec 14, 2006
yes but i have only seen it done for girls who were just starting pointe, therefore only doing 15 minutes of barre work.

United States

#33 Dec 15, 2006
idk i wouldnt try it cause id proably fall on my face but some of the pros wear socks over there shoes for bar at my studio...


#34 Dec 15, 2006
I agree that it is dangerous as you could in fact slip, but maybe just for barre, maybe not???


#35 Dec 16, 2006
I dunno, not meaning to be rude, but I wouldn't risk it.>__>

Onkaparinga Hills, Australia

#36 Dec 20, 2006
Well actually i agree in that it seems rather dangerous. I do not think you are being rude at all. I was not the one dancign with the socks on i only saw it done. Perhaps long legwarmers could be an option?

Joyner, Australia

#37 Dec 22, 2006
I'm not saying i think wearing socks is a good idea but here are some past posts about socks and pointe shoes.


What I do is soften them with my hands and wear them in the house to break them in...It will also help if you wear a sock over them to warm them up and to keep them clean!You can also try some releves in demi pointe...:)


Good Points Margarita!!I have special socks with pooh bear on them, hehee jsut for my pointe shoes.:D
Pricipal of ABT

Tucson, AZ

#38 Dec 25, 2006
I use Tide to Go to clean them. Coloring your shoes is very unprofessinal.


#39 Dec 25, 2006
Well, it might be just me.*laughs* Pooh-bear socks, heh?? xD

Algonquin, IL

#40 Jan 2, 2007
Hey guys! i'm a dancer and i've been listening to all of you debate over this dirty pointe shoe situation. The absolute best way to clean pointe shoes is to wipe them down with calamine lotion. Its easy! Just get a washcloth, put the calamine on it, and gently wipe down the shoe everywhere except for the inside and the shank. Hope it helps =]

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