Feet First: How To Clean Every Type Of Shoe In Your Closet

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Give your footwear collection a makeover by learning how to clean shoes at home.

No matter where you are or where you go, you can always spot an array of footwear on display- and their lack of upkeep. Why is it that you are not willing to wear unwashed or creased outfits but are okay with wearing unclean shoes? This fashion faux pas is committed by most of us because we are unaware of how to clean shoes at home.

Different textures and looks often discourage us to experiment too much with cleaning products. So we at HerStyleAsia are making this easy for you.

We will show you how to clean your shoes at home, no matter what texture or style you own. Use these simple hacks to keep your shoe closet squeaky clean.

How To Clean Shoes At Home

#1 Leather shoes

Prepare a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar and use it to clean any debris over your leather shoes. Let them dry on their own and rub a soft cloth over them.

If the issue is scuffs, then you buff them away with a wet cloth that is dipped in baking soda. Wipe your shoes again, let them dry and buff them one last time.

#2 Patent leather shoes

If your patent leather heels or flats have scars or marks on them, you can rub some petroleum jelly over them using a cotton swab.

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If however, you want to add more shine to them, you can use lens cleaners and spritz a little on them and buff with a soft cloth.   

#3 Suede shoes

Suede shoes tend to get stained very easily. So first remove any dust on them by gently scrubbing a soft toothbrush or nail brush in one direction. Once the dirt if oss, use the same brush and scrub the brush again over the stain, onle this time use more pressure.  

If needed, use an eraser to scrub away stubborn stains.

For really stubborn stains, use a white washcloth to rub some white vinegar or rubbing alcohol over the spot. This will also brighten the hue of your suede shoes.  

#4 Sheepskin boots

First, wipe off any dirt or debris using a toothbrush or a nail brush. Now use an eraser, preferably white, to rub off stains or marks on the boots. If there are still some more left, you can use a damp cloth to gently wipe of the stains. Make sure the cloth is too wet, or else it will destroy the material.

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For excessively stubborn spots, you can use a solution of cold water and white vinegar. Using a soft cloth, wipe the solution off the boot and let them dry naturally. Make sure to insert some newspaper inside the shoe so it maintains its shape.

#5 Canvas shoes

Wipe of dirt or debris from your canvas shoe using a toothbrush. Now prepare a mixture of equal parts of baking soda and water and rub it on the soles of the shoe using the toothbrush.

Next, start your washing machine with about half the amount of detergent you would normally use. Once the machine is three-fourth filled with a mixture of water and detergent, toss your shoes in, tumble and let them air dry.

#6 Running shoes

Get the dirt and debris off the shoe using a toothbrush. Once it ready, soak it in a solution of a tablespoon of detergent and two cups of water. You can use this solution to clean the mesh, the fabric, the soles, the rubber areas but not the foam or leather.

Once clean, use a sponge to clean of any stains or remaining dirt. You can also throw them in with your laundry, albeit in a laundry bag, along with your delicate clothes. Air dry and and wipe them with a soft cloth before you restring them.  

#7 White sneakers

Use a cotton swab and dab some nail polish remover or white vinegar on it and use it to remove any stains on your white sneakers.

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If you think the colour is slightly off, you can bleach your shoes. But make you dilute the bleach well, so your shoes don’t end up discoloured. So you can use one part bleach and five parts of water and rub this solution with a toothbrush. Finish off by rinsing your shoes in warm water.

#8 Cork and rope wedges

If you have cord wedges, you can prepare a solution of four litres of warm water, half a cup of white vinegar and one tablespoon of liquid soap. Wipe your entire show with this solution and then dip your soft cloth back into it and concentrate on the cork using circular motion. Once done, clean the shoes with a dry cloth and air dry.

For rope wedges, you can use a soft cloth dipped in some warm water to clean the surface. As for the rope, use a toothbrush to gently rub the ropes in one direction. Be gentle as the ropes could possible fray and destroy your wedges. 

#9 Flip flops

The easiest way to clean flip flops is by wetting them and scrubbing with some cloth cleaning brush and soap. This ensures your flip flops are squeaky clean.

Another way is by sprinkling some baking soda on wet sandals. Let it sit for five minutes and then using a toothbrush, scrub the flip flops. You can also let your washing machine clean them. But instead of just a mixture of detergent and water, add a tablespoon of white vinegar and run it in delicate.

With these simple hacks down, we are sure you now know how to clean shoes at homeand will be able to give your footwear collection an immaculate makeover.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj