Do you avoid buying white shoes because you just don’t want to deal with them when they get dirty?
If you already have white shoes, here are some things you can do to clean it as well as maintain it so your white shoes stay white for longer.
There are a few ways to try and revitalise dirty sneakers, but the secret to keeping white sneakers white is regular cleanings and a typical household cleaner you already have.
If you have white shoes, stain and water repellent should be your best friend as they can help prevent stains before they happen. And don’t just bank on a one-time spray — re-apply the product every few weeks, much like you would for your winter boots. Try Scotchguard for canvas shoes or Kiwi Protect All Water proofer which is suitable for all colours and waterproofs leather, suede, nubuck, fabric and microfibre.
Wipe off any stains or scuffs as soon as they happen to prevent the blemishes from penetrating into the fabric or leather. Once at home, remove excess dirt using an old toothbrush with dish soap and water. Scrub gently until the solution begins to foam and then wipe clean with a clean towel.
Use Magic Erasers
Magic erasers are great for getting off any dirt or scuffs, especially on the midsole and it’s not very expensive either.
Use some shampoo
Stepped in an oil slick or dropped a greasy piece of food on your shoe? Shampoo can do the trick. Use a gentle one with warm water and gently wipe the smudge off with a rag.
Can you use bleach? Yes but only on sneakers and you have to dilute it. Mix one part bleach with five parts water; any more than that, your white fabrics can turn a weird yellow tone. Dip your toothbrush in the diluted bleach solution and scrub the shoes gently. Rinse with warm water when you’re finished. Do not do this with leather or faux leather as it might rub off the protective material.
Wash Your Laces
Clean shoes but dirty laces? Just put them in a normal wash on cold, in a pillow case or a bra bag.
Avoid The Washing Machine
Keep your white shoes white for longer by hand cleaning and avoid dumping it into the machine. The wear and tear of the machine and the heat of the dryer can make the shoes discolour and turn the white rubber into that dreaded yellow tone.
Do you wear white shoes? Any tips to share?