White shoes are very stylish for sure. This has made them a wardrobe necessity for both men and women. Besides, they are quite versatile and can be worn on a number of occasions; be it for official or casual escapades.
Being white, these shoes often get dirty so easily. That means that you will have to always clean them as often as possible to maintain that classy look. But how are white shoes supposed to cleaned? White shoes are hard to clean and this has been a problem to a good number of people.
To help you overcome this hurdle and maintain that glamorous look, I’ll let you know of how you can clean your white shoes with a lot of ease at the comfort of your home. This article contains has some important and proven tips to help you out of this. Take a look.
How to maintain white shoes
Before we get to the actual cleaning, it is always a good thing to ensure that you help keep off dirt from your shoes as much as possible. Preventing dirt will save you a lot. But how is this even possible?
Well, experts recommend that when putting on your white shoes for the first time, you can use a spray that is capable of repelling stains and water. This way, you are able to keep off most dirt from your shoes. Apply the spray every 2 weeks so as to protect your shoes from grime, water or any other stuff that might come into contact with them.
Another way to prevent your white shoes from becoming extremely dirty is through performing spot cleaning. This is the art of wiping off any stains the moment you see them using a cleaning agent or just a soft cloth. This way you prevent the stains from sinking into your shoes’ fabric.
These simple maintenance practices will come a long way in ensuring that your cleaning job is a hard one. That way, you also extend your shoes’ lifespan. Remember, these maintenance practices are not substitutes to cleaning, you still need to thoroughly clean your shoes.
So, how are white shoes supposed to be cleaned?
Ways to clean white shoes
How you clean your white shoes sometimes depend on the material from which they have been made from. In that regard, the process of cleaning leather or canvass shoes in most cases aren’t always one and the same thing. However, there are general rules and cleaning materials that are applicable to all the white shoes regardless of the material type.
Let’s have a look at some of these cleaning methods for white shoes.
1. Use of bleaching agents
The use of bleach is one recommended way of cleaning your shoes. However, you have to be extra careful with the bleach as it is not a very gentle choice on your shoes. Always ensure that the bleach is carefully diluted before use.
So what is the recommended amount of bleach to use on your shoes? Well, this often varies but generally mixing 5 parts of water with 1-part bleach is deemed okay by most experts. The use of excess bleach might cause your shoes to have a yellow tinge.
The use of bleach is best for rubber shoes. When using bleach ensure you have gloves on and you are in a well-ventilated area. Dip a toothbrush into the solution and use it to scrub off dirt till the shoes are spotlessly clean. Thereafter, use a damp towel from warm water to wipe the solution from the shoes.
After you are done cleaning, let the shoes dry in a well-ventilated area for about 6 hours before putting them on. Sometimes, it is a good thing to let them dry through the night. To speed up the drying process you can place the shoes next to a fan.
2. Use soap and clean water
This is the most cost-effective method to clean your white shoes. Just mix water and dish soap, preferably liquid type until the water becomes sudsy. Make sure the solution is properly mixed. The good thing with the use of soap and water is that it can be used on any kind of material whether leather or rubber.
Use a soft cloth to rub your shoes back and forth until all the dirt are removed. In case you come across some tough stains, you can use a toothbrush to clean them off. Rub the toothbrush onto the stains as you dip it into the soapy solution at intervals until the stains disappear.
Remove excess water from the shoes using a separate cloth and remember not to spread dirt as you perform the wiping. There have been instances that during wiping, the shoes have been left even dirtier than before. Don’t wipe the shoes dry using the cloth either; it is just meant to clean off excess water.
After wiping off excess water, air the shoes in a ventilated area so that they dry completely. Leaving the shoes for a whole day to dry is very much okay.
3. Use toothpaste
Well, toothpastes are not meant to be used anywhere else apart from brushing of the teeth however, they can be used to clean white shoes. Here is what you need to do. Use a wet towel or cloth to wipe the dust off your shoes. Ensure that the shoes slightly damp but not extremely soaked. This way, the toothpaste will foam up.
On exact points which are stained, add some little toothpaste and rub it using a toothbrush. Rub the toothpaste so that it gets into the fabric. Ensure the toothpaste is white without any gels as the other colors might stain your white shoes.
After you are satisfied that all the stains have been removed, wipe all the paste off using the wet towel. Do this over and over until no paste or visible stains are left. Now let the shoes dry using the sun’s rays or fan for fast drying.
Toothpaste works magic on sneakers, fabric or mesh.
4. Use baking soda and vinegar
A mixture of vinegar and baking soda also does magic when it comes to cleaning of white shoes. Mix tablespoons of vinegar, baking soda and water and properly mix until they form a thick paste. If the paste is still watery, add more baking soda in small proportions.
Dip your cleaning toothbrush into the paste and rub it onto the shoes. Make sure that the paste covers your shoes completely and continue rubbing. Leave the shoes, already covered with paste, on the sun to dry to an extent that you can scratch the dried paste with your fingers with ease.
Break the dried paste off so that they fall off the shoes. The paste will come off with the stains leaving your shoes sparkling white. After you are done applying the paste, clean your toothbrush so that the brush’s bristles don’t get dried up.
It goes without doubt that we all want to stand out. Maintaining that sharp and consistent look in a white pair of shoes can sometimes be a daunting task. However, as you have seen above, keeping your white shoe white isn’t as difficult as you would think.
The secret is, of the 4 methods explained above you need to be very consistent with the method you choose. If you decide to do the cleaning on a weekly basis, please ensure that you maintain this routine strictly. Besides, don’t let stains stay for long on your shoes.
Additionally, always keep the shoes in a clean environment after you are done cleaning or when you are not putting them on.