Learn how to keep your shoes longer with homemade tips

Using body moisturizer moisturizes and gives life to the leather. As important as cleaning, is the way to store the shoes.

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The same goes for suede and nubuck, two types of leather that are sanded during manufacture. “The ideal is always to use a brush with hard bristles, which end up evening out the damaged material. A homemade tip is to use a nail file”, explains the shoemaker.

To avoid having to go through all this hassle, when it’s raining, prefer patent leather or synthetic shoes. They are waterproof and don’t give as much trouble if they get wet. With them, just use a dry cloth and use a homemade recipe to shine: cooking oil.

As important as cleaning, is the way to store the shoes. “Never store in plastic bags. A good tip is if you are going to store it in a box, make holes. Another good tip is to use TNT bags, which preserves the leather well. In boots, to keep in shape, you can use newspaper or pet bottle. If you keep it folded, when you use it in the next season, it will have the leather marked”, says the shoemaker.

How to clean leather shoes:

Leather shoes are classics and known for their comfort and long duration. Here’s a guide on the best way to keep them, avoiding stains.

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How too clean leather shoes

How to clean leather shoes: step by step

Many wash their shoes under running water or, to reduce the effort, put them in the washing machine. However, soaking in water is not the proper way to wash leather shoes. This material is more delicate and therefore needs special attention.

How to clean leather shoes

Because leather is very sensitive to water, avoid things like washing leather shoes or letting them soak. Also avoid using products with a lot of chemicals, prefer neutral or specific ones for cleaning this material.

Remove waste

First, remove the debris and residue with a hard bristle brush, making light movements so you don’t run the risk of these sediments scratching the leather.

Clean shoes with a soft cloth

The best way to clean leather shoes is with a flannel or other soft cloth, passing it over the surface and inside of the shoe.

Dampen the cloth

Then dampen the cloth with a specific product, depending on whether or not the leather is treated, which can be checked on the shoe’s tag or box. If it is not too dirty or stained, you can use a flannel dampened with water only.

Dry your shoes

Finally, dry your shoes and let them air dry completely at room temperature.

6 Easy Steps: Make your shoes look like new

6 Easy Steps: Make your shoes look like new

To ensure peak performance of your sneakers over time, we recommend proper care and maintenance, including cleaning. Before you get started, place your shoes in a shoe tree or fill them with crumpled newspapers to help retain their shape during cleaning. Then, get to work.

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How to cleaning your shoes

These tips will help you keep any sneakers and running shoes fresh and clean in just a few easy steps.

1.Use a Dry Brush

Remove loose dirt from the outsole, midsole, and uppers using a dry, soft-bristled shoe brush. No shoe brush? No problem, an old toothbrush works fine.

2.Make a Mild Cleaning Solution

Mix warm water with a small amount of mild laundry detergent or dish soap.

For white and lighter colored shoes, you can also make an effective cleaning paste by mixing equal parts baking soda and water.

3.Hand Wash the Laces

Remove the shoelaces and apply a small amount of the mild cleaning solution to them. Massage the laces with your hands, rinse, then dab dry with a soft cloth.

4.Wash the Soles

Apply the mild solution to a soft-bristled brush, toothbrush or a wash cloth. Clean the outsole and midsole thoroughly, taking your time to clean every part of the soles. Dry with a soft cloth.

Note: If you need to wash your insoles, remove them first and clean with your solution, making sure to give them time to dry before putting them back into your shoes.

5.Wash and Blot the Uppers

Use the mild solution and a soft-bristled brush, toothbrush, or a soft damp cloth to clean the uppers. Take your time and don’t scrub too hard.

When you’re satisfied with the look, use a dry microfiber towel or soft cloth to blot and lift as much soapy moisture and dirt as possible. Repeat if necessary. Try to avoid drying by rubbing as it can wear down the shoe fabric or spread any remaining small bits of dirt.

6.Air Dry

Air dry your sneakers at room temperature. Always allow your shoes to dry completely before wearing them for your next workout or activity. For most shoes, it should take at least 8 hours to fully dry.

How to clean leather shoes