Take a glance at your shoes, which are either strewn about on the floor or neatly stacked in your closet. If you’re like most of us, there are a plethora of materials, finishes, and colors to choose from. The days of wearing only black or brown leather shoes are over.
But how can you keep them looking attractive while also extending their life? You can clean every sort of shoe, even slippers, with only a few ingredients and a few simple procedures.
Here are the proper methods for cleaning shoes made of various materials.
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How To Clean Suede, NuBuck, And Sheepskin Shoes
Regular upkeep is essential for keeping suede boots or any other napped surface shoe looking its best and without visible dirt. To eliminate loose dust and filth, keep the surfaces as dry as possible and wipe them with a soft-bristled brush after each use. As soon as possible, treat stains and use a suede protector to avoid water damage.
- To remove scuffs and marks, wipe gently with a pencil eraser and then suede brush to restore the nap.
- Oily stains: To absorb the oil, sprinkle the area with baby powder or cornstarch. Allow at least an hour for the powder to remain on the stain before brushing it away. Brush the nap to raise it and repeat until all of the oil has been absorbed.
- To absorb moisture from wet spots, blot with a paper towel or damp cloth. You do not need to use a spray bottle for this as that can ruin your designer shoes. Allow for total air drying away from direct heat. Brush the nap in a circular motion to make it smooth.
- Shearling linings are common in sheepskin boots, and they get dirtier than the outside. The simple step to take is to wipe clean the interior of the boots with a cloth dipped in a wool shampoo and water solution, then rinse with a 50:50 vinegar-water solution to keep fungus and stink at bay. Allow at least 24 hours for the boots to air dry before wearing your fully dry shoe.
How To Clean Leather, Patent Leather, And Faux Leather Loafers
The best way to clean leather loafers is to start by wiping off any filth with a cloth dipped in a solution of equal parts lukewarm water and distilled white vinegar to clean leather, patent leather, or imitation leather shoes. This is very effective in removing winter salt stains. Allow for total air drying of the shoes.
Shoes use a professional polish or leather conditioner and just follow the recommendations, whether you’re polishing business shoes or casual sneakers (whatever your favorite pair of shoes are ). Wet a soft towel with water and dip it in baking soda if you don’t have a polish that matches white athletic sneakers or today’s rainbow of hues. Rub the scuffed area gently and wipe the residue away using a clean cloth. Allow drying completely before buffing with a clean cloth.
Scuffs on patent leather and imitation leather shoes can be buffed off using a soft cloth and a dab of petroleum jelly. With a spritz of ammonia- and alcohol-free glass cleaner and a soft cloth, restore the shine.
How To Clean Fabric Shoes
Fabric shoes come in a variety of styles, including strappy sandals, sneakers, pumps, and flats. However, regardless of the style, the cloth will ultimately become soiled.
Tossing cloth shoes in the washing machine is a trick that you could find online. This is a terrible idea since washing cycles may be harsh, and the agitator or tumbler’s force, along with the friction of running cool water, can cause the surface of the shoe to distort or rip even if you use the delicate cycle.
Instead, use dishwashing soap, warm water, an old toothbrush, and paper towels to clean fabric shoe surfaces by hand.
- To remove any loose surface soil, wipe the wet cloth with a dry paper towel.
- Mix one teaspoon dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water in a small bowl.
- Dip the soft toothbrush in the soapy solution and softly scrub the cloth, working on a tiny portion at a time. Don’t get your hands too moist. To keep the color constant and avoid spots, work with the grain of the cloth and move all over the shoe.
- Wipe the whole shoe with a paper towel dampened with clean water to eliminate any soapy residue. To “rinse” the entire shoe, you may need multiple towels.
- Allow the shoes to air dry away from direct heat and sunshine after blotting with a dry paper towel. Stuff dry paper towels inside the toes or heels of some shoes to help them keep their shape until they are entirely dry.
On velvet shoes, do not use the wet cleaning procedure. Rather, raise the pile with a soft-bristled brush and spot treat spots using a dry cleaning solvent.
How To Clean Rope And Cork Wedges
It’s time to clean the scuff marks off the rope or cork-covered sole of a wedge shoe after you’ve washed the upper fabric or leather section. You don’t need a shoe cleaner, you can use a DIY solution for this type of shoe.
Combine Four cups of warm water, one-fourth cup of distilled white vinegar, and one teaspoon of liquid detergent before applying to the affected area. Working in tiny areas at a time, clean the surfaces with an old toothbrush, soft brush, or towel. To protect the rope from fraying, an important step is to work in one direction when making rope soles.
When the shoes are clean, wash them down with a towel soaked in plain water to remove any soapy residue and air dry them.
Storing Your Loafers
Organize your shoes into groups before applying any new shoe storage ideas or plans with a shoe tree or cube shelving. To begin, sort your shoes into two categories:
- The shoes you wear on a regular basis
- The shoes you don’t wear as often
- The ones you don’t wear as often should be up high