Shoes express your unique style, beyond just being an accessory. But due to continuous wear, they get dirt, scratches and stains, which makes them lose their attractiveness. No fear! Follow these easy steps to bring back the shine of your favourite shoes.
Materials you will need – Before you begin, gather these simple items:-
- Soft Bristle Brush
- Mild Detergent or Soap
- White Vinegar
- Clean Clothes
- Shoe Polish (if applicable)
Step 1: Setting up your workplace for cleaning shoes
Creating an optimal workplace is essential to effectively cleaning your shoes and ensuring a polished finish. Start by selecting an airy area with plenty of space and a flat surface. To protect your workplace from any potential mess, consider laying down newspaper or using old cloth as a protective barrier.
Additionally, if your shoes have laces, it is a good idea to remove them before cleaning. This allows for a more thorough and separate cleaning process for shoelaces, ensuring a comprehensive shine for both shoes and laces.
Step 2: Clear Dirt and Debris of shoes
Using a soft bristle brush, gently remove any loose dirt or debris from the shoes. Pay attention to seams, soles, and any textured areas where dirt may be hiding.
Step 3: Make a Cleaning Solution
Mix mild soap and water in a bowl to make a cleaning solution. For stubborn stains, add a little white vinegar. Use a damp cloth or sponge with the solution to gently clean the shoes. Avoid soaking shoes in the mixture; instead, clean the surface with a damp cloth.
Step 4: Cleaning the Space
Dip a toothbrush or a small cloth in the cleaning solution and gently scrub the stained areas. Use a light hand to avoid damaging the material. For tough stains, let the solution sit for a few minutes before scrubbing away.
Step 5: Rinse and Dry
Wet a clean cloth with water and wipe any soap residue off the shoes. Take a separate wet cloth to wipe off excess soap. Allow your shoes to dry naturally, away from direct sunlight or heat.
Step 6: Caring for Shoelaces
If your shoelaces are dirty, soak them in a bowl of soapy water for a few minutes. Rub them gently between your fingers and rinse thoroughly. Hang them separately to dry.
Step 7: Final Touches
Once everything is dry, re-lace your shoes if you have removed them. Give them a final brush or wipe using a cloth to restore texture and remove any remaining dirt.
Apply Shoe Polish (If Applicable)
To care for leather shoes, wait until they dry completely, then use a soft cloth to apply appropriate shoe polish. Rub the polish into the shoes in a circular motion to get a shiny shine. Be sure to follow the instructions on the polish container or packaging to ensure the best results without experiencing unevenness or any issues with application.
Regular Maintenance – Clean your shoes regularly to prevent dirt accumulation.
Know Your Materials – Different shoe materials require different cleaning methods. Research the best approach for your shoe type.
Be Gentle – Avoid harsh chemicals or rough scrubbing, especially on delicate materials.
Keeping shoes clean not only increases their beauty but also increases their lifespan. By following these simple steps and showing your shoes a little TLC, you’ll walk out confidently with shoes that look brand new!
Remember, a little cleaning effort goes a long way in keeping your shoes looking their best. So, grab your cleaning essentials and give your shoes the care they deserve.