Most of us might have a large collection of shoes of various brands and price range in our wardrobe. Each of them varies in style, design, and complexion but, there is one thing they all have in common. Once they start to wear off we search for new ones dumping the current ones.
Now, this is kinda really a painful thing to do for most of us as we clearly know what you had to go through to find that perfect pair of shoes. With constant use, your shoe will gradually lose its shine and bling. Suddenly you’ll feel they’ve lost their appealing look which forces you to end up searching for a new one. But, what if we say we have a few tips to bring back your shoes to its old self?
Yes!!! Here are 6 tips to make your old shoes look new so that you can enjoy wearing them again and save a few dollars…
1.Wash Your Shoes
You heard us…Just give your shoes a nice and clean wash. But, this is recommended only for shoes with fabrics on like sneakers. Taking off the dirt from the fabrics of your shoe fabric is actually a time-consuming procedure. So, we are introducing two types of ways to clean your shoes by:- washing by hand and washing machine.
Using hand to wash your dirty sneakers might be the most common and traditional way to clear off the dirt from the fabric. Add a small amount of detergent or dish soap to a bowl of water. Use a small brush to scrub off the dirt with the solution. Make sure to be gentle or else it might cause scratches on your shoes beyond repairs. Throwing in a pinch of baking soda to the solution for white sneakers are appreciated.
Using a washing machine to clean your sneakers might sound crazy to you, but this could be the most effective way than any other methods out there. Just throw them in your washing machine just as you would do for your dirty laundry. But, before getting on with this there are a few things you must take a note on. Throw in some towels in the laundry with your shoes to protect them from the vigorous to and fro motion. It would be wise to put your sneakers in a pillowcase to protect the drum. Use warm water for white shoes and cold water for colored fabrics respectively. While adding your detergent, add a few drops of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your shoes and remove odors.
Note: Make sure you take off the laces from your shoes before proceeding with any of the above-mentioned methods.
2. Cleaner for Suede
Throwing your suede shoes in water might be the most absurd thing you might ever do while cleaning your shoe collection. Water spoils the fabric and leaves your shoe look ragged. Use a suede eraser solution to clean your precious shoes. These can be found easily in most of the shoe stores. Follow the directions on the guide on how to clean your shoes. Don’t rush and rub vigorously.
If you don’t feel like spending a few dollars on a suede eraser solution, then you can try vinegar. Start by gently scrubbing your shoe with a soft Bristle brush. If your shoes are tattered with bad stains, bolt them with a rag soaked in vinegar instead of scrubbing. When done make sure to dry off your shoe.
Note: Dry off your shoes with a microfiber cloth or sponge. Don’t expose your shoes to sunlight right away after cleaning.
3. Pimp Your Leathers
Leather shoes are durable and are hot in trend. They have remained as the trendy footwear material for decades. But, when your leather gets old and raggy they won’t be much of a fashion booster for your outfit. When it comes to leather shoes, using liquids with acidic properties like vinegar might cause harm. So, it would be wise to get a leather cleaner to clean your shoes. Use a soft towel to rub the solution to make your shoes sparkling again.
Using toothpaste to clean your leather shoes might leave you awestruck with extraordinary results. Dampen your shoes with wet rags before proceeding. Use only white toothpaste with the help of a scrubber or your toothbrush to gently scrub the surface. Make sure you don’t use excess water. You just need enough to dampen its surface.
You can also try a home remedy to clean your leather shoes. What you need is 2 tbs of olive oil, 2tbs of lemon juice and an old rag. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice. Make sure your shoes are clear from chunks of debris and dirt. Dip the rag in the solution and apply to the shoes. Leave it for 2-3hrs and continue the process. Buff up the shoes with the dry part of the rag. Your shoes will look good as new.
Note: Make sure to dry your shoes indoors only.
4. How to Clean Rubber Shoes?
Rubber with rubber!!! Use an eraser to clean off the dirt from your shoe’s rubber sole. Make sure to use a white eraser as the colored one leave stains. We would suggest using a Hi-polymer block eraser as they give out the best result.
Use a toothbrush and detergent solution to clean and brighten up your soles. You can try using a pinch of baking soda or alcohol instead of detergent for better results. But, this will give you trouble if you have tough grime on your soles.
To take care of all those tough grime and sticky substances like gum, keep your shoes in a freezer-safe bag and put it in your freezer. This will make the substance brittle and you can easily scrape it off. But whendealingl with tar and sap residues, this method won’t be much of a help. You must use a tar and sap remover to clear off these from your sole.
Note: Most of these solutions are used on automobiles so make sure to confirm whether its rubber friendly or not.
5. Laces and Insoles
Last but not the least cleaning your laces and insoles will also give your shoes a new and refreshed look. But, when compared with cleaning your shoes these aren’t much of a headache. Put your laces inside a pillowcase or lingerie bag and throw them into the washing machine along with your laundry. This will prevent them from tangling in the machine. You can also scrub your way to clean your laces. But make sure to soak your laces in detergent solution for at least 1 hr. The same goes for your insoles too. To remove all the foul odors from your insoles try placing them in a plastic bag with some baking soda. Shake the bag to evenly spread the baking soda on your insoles.
You can also try soaking your insoles in vodka for few hours. This will kill all the bacteria and fungi from its surface.
Note: Make sure to air dry before putting them back inside.
Just admit it… We all got a weird attachment to our shoes. A great pair of shoes is hard to find and when you find that perfect pair, your hear aches when you witness them in the trash can or in an abandoned corner of your wardrobe. Use a shoe rack to perfeclty organize your shoes instead of cluttering them inside your wardrobe. Follow these 5 tips mentioned above to bring back your best buddies back to life and steal the limelight.