No matter what kind of lifestyle you lead, your shoes inevitably get dirty. Luckily, Torrego and Dr. Clean (Dr. Bacteria) bring to ESTOTIPS some simple cleaning tips, many times, first remove excess dirt from the sole of your shoes on a carpet that you have in the entrance, let’s let them look like new ! How do you clean them? It depends on what you do, obviously how much time you have!
One of the most useful tips for washing your shoes is to put them directly in the washing machine.
1.- Remove the cords and templates. You will want to wash your shoes, laces and insoles washed separately, as it will reduce the drying time after washing.
• You can, however, wash your laces with your shoes in the washing machine, but doing so with your insoles will leave them with water for days.
2.- Clean your cords, you can always try to clean them by rubbing them with a toothbrush with soap or by placing them in the washing machine along with your shoes.
Next, let them dry completely before putting them back in their shoes.
• Another way to wash them is to simply place them or place them inside a pillowcase, or tie their limbs together and throw them into the washing machine. This will prevent them from being trapped in the drain holes of the washing machine.
• If the laces are white and the shoes are colored, you can wash them separately in a normal wash, along with other white clothes.
3.- Clean and deodorize your templates. Using a mild soap mixture of liquid detergent and warm water, gently rub your insoles with a soft toothbrush or cloth. Then, absorb any excess soapy water with a sponge and let them dry completely before putting them back in your shoes.
• If your templates still smell, place them in a bag with baking soda, shake evenly and leave overnight.
• If your insoles still smell, immerse for a few hours in a 2: 1 mixture of vinegar and water. Then dip a little in a mixture of warm water, baking soda and an essential oil, such as pine oil.
4.- Clean excess detritus and stubborn marks from your shoes. Using a dry toothbrush or a soft brush, brush any mud or dirt on the shoes.
• Clean other marks (for example, plastic areas) using a brush with warm water and / or liquid soap for hands on a cloth or paper towel.
• If a brush does not clean all corners and corners, you may need to use a toothpick or cotton swab.
5.- Put your shoes inside a pillowcase. Next, place a bolt in the opening of the semi-closed case with about 3 safety pins, so that water can enter and exit.
6.- Place the cover in the washing machine together with one or two towels. They will prevent shoes from touching inside during the cycle, which can damage the machine or your shoes.
Important, make sure the towels are old because the new towels have lint and inks that can stain your shoes!
Most tennis shoes are durable enough to place in the washing machine, but be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions, since companies like Nike recommend hand washing only.
7.- Add liquid detergent. The detergent powder may get caught in your shoes, then use liquid detergent. You can also add a little vinegar to eliminate odors and some pine oil to disinfect them.
• If pine oil is added, the product must be at least 80% pine oil.
8.- Place and execute the washing machine. Place your washer in the delicate configuration, cold temperature, slow rotation or not, and without drum drying. Warm temperatures can deform your shoes, and the fast spin or automatic dry setting can damage shoes or the washing machine.
9.- Once the washing machine has stopped, remove the shoes from the cover and place them to dry in the air. Placing them in the dryer is not advisable, as the dryer can deform the soles of your shoes.
• Stuffing your shoes with paper towels or newspapers will help them dry faster and maintain their shape.
• Place your shoes (and laces and insoles) in a moderately lighted place to dry. Do not place them in a hot place (for example, near a radiator) or in direct sunlight, as this can damage the shoes.
• It may take several hours or even a few days for your shoes to dry completely, so plan ahead!
• If you are in a hurry and need to use the dryer, lace your shoes in a towel and adjust the dryer for “delicate”, checking periodically to make sure your shoes are not too hot.
10.- Once they are completely dry, replace the templates, replace the laces in your shoes. They must be and smell like new now!
Another very interesting suggestion to deodorize your shoes.
Take baking soda, coffee beans or even ground coffee and sprinkle it directly inside your footwear. Allow the product to sit on your shoes when you are not using it to avoid odors. Simply shake your shoes to remove the product.
• Another cleaner method of odor removal is to place any of the above options in a bag and place the bag inside your shoe. You can create your own bag using a half of media: place the product inside.
Now some tips for specific cleaning depending on the type of shoes.
• Leather shoes
Clean the residues by cleaning a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar on the spots. Once the shoes are dry, rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a wet cloth dipped in baking soda. Clean your shoes, then cool once more after drying.
• Patent leather shoes
If your patent leather shoes or jumps have unsightly marks, rub one with an oil jelly directly with a cotton swab. If all they need is a little bright, spritz with a glass cleaner that serves for a new shine.
• Suede shoes
Working in one direction, use a toothbrush or brush to gently rub stains. After getting dirt from the surface, add pressure and go back and forth with the brush to work on deep stains. If necessary, accompany rubbing with a white rubber. For true tertian stains, use a white towel to scrub with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol to attack the premises, or use it all to illuminate the suede. (Do not worry – they will not leave watermarks).
• Ramskin boots
Using a toothbrush or cleaning brush, gently wipe the debris from the outside of the boot. Next, take a white rubber to rub more difficult spots. Now, clean the outside of the shoe with a damp cloth – if it is too wet, you could ruin the material. Using a solution of equal parts cold water and distilled vinegar, work gently on areas that need local cleaning. Finish by cleaning the solution with a damp cloth, then fill your boots with newspaper so that they keep the shape when drying.
• Canvas shoes
Start by cleaning the dirt with canvas and tennis slides with a clean toothbrush. Then use this toothbrush to rub a paste made of equal parts of baking soda and water on the soles of the shoe. Next, run the gentle cycle of your washing machine with cold water, adding about half the amount of detergent normally used when the machine has half the half. When you are three full rooms, put your shoes. Let them air dry – using the dryer or vent can shrink your shoes. These are other amazing things that I never knew you could put in the washing machine.
• Tennis of the academy or career
Remove dirt with a toothbrush, then clean your brush. Soak in a teaspoon of laundry detergent mixed with a glass of water. Use the solution in the areas of fabric, mesh and rubber, but do not use in foam or leather. Use a damp sponge to clean the foam. Wash your laces by focusing on stains with a little laundry detergent and then throwing them into a delicate bag while the wash cycle is in progress. Clean the area around you before putting them back in your shoes.
• White tennis
Apply a little polish or vinegar remover on a cotton ball, then use it to clean white tennis spots. If you need to resort to bleach, be sure to dilute it first so you do not end up with discolored shoes. Finish in rinse with warm water.
If your flip-flops or rubber shoes get less than fresh after a trip to the beach, start with hot water on them. Sprinkle wet sandals with baking soda and let them sit for at least five minutes before using a soft toothbrush to rub them. You can also leave your washing machine dirty work. Use only a little detergent and a cup of vinegar while traversing the delicate and cold setting.