Even the most careful of us still get stains on those sneakers. Keeping them clean is part of your overall look. Dirty sneakers could ruin your outfit. If cleaning your sneakers seem like a load of work or you don’t have enough time, there are shoe cleaning shops all over Singapore. For those who prefer to hand wash their sneakers, here’s a step by step guide on how to remove those stains and dirt.
- Follow instructions as indicated. Check instructions on how to clean your shoes. It is not recommended to machine wash your sneakers unless indicated by the label. Hand-washing your sneakers is your safest bet. Take note of what chemicals, especially soaps, you should avoid. Some sneakers are made from rubber, leather or canvas. Each of these materials can be cleaned in different ways.
- Gather the materials for cleaning. To hand-wash your sneakers you will need water, brush, rags, paper towels, detergent or soap, and a basin or bucket. You might need a leather cream for leather sneakers. Check the market for soaps or detergents designed for cleaning sneakers. Make sure to keep in mind the material your sneakers are made of
- Remove the shoelaces and insoles. The shoelaces and insoles can be cleaned separately. The most recommended is to use warm water, soap and soft brush to scrub the dirt off. There are different opinions on what soap to use. Just avoid using bleach and use mild detergent instead. You can machine wash the shoelaces as long as you separate the white from colored shoelaces.
- Remove dirt and stains with brush. Mix mild soap with water. You may use an old toothbrush, sponge, soft-bristled brush or cloth to scrub off the dirt on the surface of your sneakers. A circular motion of the brush is recommended. Apply more pressure for stains that are hard to remove. Clean the insides of the sneakers using the same method.
- Rinse with clean water then air dry. Rinse your sneakers thoroughly by taking care to remove excess water or moisture. Do not place your sneakers in the dryer. Open out the sneakers to let the insides dry faster, but don’t place them under the direct heat of the sun. To help keep their shape, some people recommend stuffing paper towels inside. This will also help in drying them faster. Shoelaces and insoles should also be air-dried.
- Replace shoelaces and insoles when dry. Make sure that everything is dry before replacing the shoelaces and insoles. It usually takes a day or more for your sneakers to dry. If not dried properly, your sneakers will leave a bad odor. There are touch-ups you can do if there are still stains visible on your sneakers, especially white sneakers.
- Apply cream on leather sneakers. If your sneakers are mostly made of leather, use leather cream to polish them. Make sure you’re using the right cream color that matches the material. Use cloth to polish the leather in a circular motion. If your sneakers are made of suede, there are also products specifically made for cleaning the fabric.