Wearing any shoes day in and day out will make them dirty, but because they are often worn everywhere by children and younger adults, trainers will usually get dirty quickly. Taking care of your shoes will not only make them look better, but they will last longer as well. Here are some tips for getting your trainers clean.
Properly cleaning your trainers will largely depend on what materials are used to make the shoes. Those made with leather or faux leather uppers will be much easier to keep clean than trainers made with suede or other soft materials. However, with the right supplies, those shoes can be kept clean and looking as good as new.
In general, to start cleaning any shoes, you should begin with the outsoles. You can easily remove any dirt, mud, or debris by taking a stiff brush and brushing off the bottoms using firm strokes. Then, when the excess dirt or mud has been brushed away, you can dampen a cloth with warm soapy water, wash the outsoles, and rinse them with clear water.
Cleaning Leather Shoes
The upper of a pair of leather or faux leather trainers will be easy to clean. Prior to cleaning them, or any trainers, remove the shoelaces and place them in the washer to get clean or replace them if they are tattered. You can simply wash off the upper and midsole using a damp cloth and by wiping them down if they are not very dirty.
If they are muddy or have a lot of dirt on them, you may wish to use warm soapy water to wash off the shoes using a cloth or a soft bristled brush. Carefully wash them with a wet cloth, or use the brush gently so as not to scuff the leather. Once the dirt or mud is gone, rinse the cloth, wipe them down, and set them aside to air dry.
Cleaning Suede Shoes
Some cheap men’s trainers are made with suede on the upper portion of the shoe, so you have to be careful with how you clean them. Once suede gets wet, it can be ruined, so instead of using a damp cloth or damp brush to remove dirt, try using a dry brush. Clean the shoes when they are dry and, using a stiff bristled brush, remove the excess mud or dirt. Another way to clean them is to take a cloth and apply a little vinegar and wipe off the dirty areas.
Cleaning Fabric Trainers
Many trainers are manufactured with artificial fabrics. While it may be tempting to toss them into a washer, you should avoid doing so. The washer can ruin your trainers by getting them too wet or damaging them. Instead, use a soft-bristled brush with warm soapy water to clean the dirty spots. Stuff them with newspaper to absorb water if they get too wet and air dry them. If you take care of your trainers, they will last longer and you can save money.2016-01-08