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4 Easy Ways to Maintain White Shoes: Your Cleaning Guide

by Digital Marketer 11 Dec 2023
4 Easy Ways to Maintain White Shoes: Your Cleaning Guide

There's nothing quite like a pair of pristine white shoes to elevate your style game. But, keeping your sneakers or loafers looking as fresh as the day you bought them can sometimes feel like a daunting task. 

To maintain white shoes well is essential and you should be stress-free about unexpected spills or dirt stains ruining your shoe game. This blog post aims to walk you through four straightforward and effective methods to ensure your white shoes stay sparkling clean and brand new. Let’s dive in!

1. Clean the Laces of White Shoes

To maintain white shoes fully, it’s important to pay attention to the pristine look of the laces. Nobody wants to see crystal-clear shows with dirty laces on top. Here’s how you can clean white laces.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Warm water
  • A container for the warm water

i. Remove Laces

Take off your white laces from the shoes. This way, you can clean them more easily.

ii. Prepare Warm Water

Fill a bowl or basin with warm water. Make sure it's not too hot, just comfortably warm.

iii. Soak the Laces

Put the laces in the warm water. Let them soak for a bit. This helps loosen up any dirt or stains.

iv. Rub Gently & Rinse Thoroughly

If there are spots on the laces, use your fingers to rub them gently. This helps get rid of any stubborn dirt. After soaking, take the laces out and rinse them under running warm water. Make sure to wash away all the dirt and soap.

v. Air Dry

Leave the laces to air dry. You can lay them flat on a towel or hang them up. Once they're dry, you can lace up your shoes again!

2. How to Clean White Shoes with Vinegar?

Another great way of maintaining white shoes is the vinegar and baking soda method. Keep in mind that this method is best for shoes made from canvas material. Let’s explore how it’s done.

Things you’ll need:

  • 3 table-spoons baking soda
  • 1 table-spoon white vinegar

i. Get Rid of Loose Dirt

Start by untying and removing the shoelaces for easy access to all areas of the shoe. Take your shoes outside and give them a good shake to loosen and remove large chunks of dirt or mud. Use a dry toothbrush or a small, soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the shoes, focusing on the rubber soles and the outer edges of the tongue. Ensure all loose dirt is removed.

ii. Baking Soda and Vinegar Cleanse

Make a paste with baking soda and white vinegar. Apply and scrub gently with a toothbrush to remove dirt and stains. Let it dry, then brush off. For tough stains (like grass or blood), use a bleach pen, wait five minutes, and wash with hot water and liquid detergent. Wipe away any residue with a soft cloth or paper towel.

iii. Revitalize Rubber Soles

Employ a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to eliminate scuff marks of dirt on the white soles of your shoes. Wet the sponge eraser with water and scrub around all sides of the rubber sole. Dampen a clean cloth or paper towel with water and wipe off the shoes. Allow them to air dry completely before slipping them back on.

3. Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Your summer shoes collection might be crafted from canvas, leather, or fabric. Among these, leather is a breeze to clean because it doesn't soak up as much water as other materials. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is effective for keeping most white footwear looking sharp.

Things You'll Need:

  • Paper towels
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

i. Clear Away Surface Dirt

Dampen a paper towel, twist it to force out excess water, and delicately wipe down the exterior of your shoes. This helps eliminate larger dirt particles clinging to various areas of the shoe. Once done, allow your shoes to air dry for about 10 minutes.

ii. Revitalize the Sole

Moisten your Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, ensuring it's damp but not dripping onto your shoes. Glide the Magic Eraser along the soles of your shoes until dirt and stains disappear. Remember to maintain a balance by applying enough pressure to erase the stain without risking any fabric scuffing. Depending on the extent of dirt, you may need to repeat this process several times to restore your shoes to their pristine state.

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4. How to Clean & Freshen Up White Shoes Using Laundry Detergent

In case you have white shoes made from mesh material, then the ideal way to clean them up is to use laundry detergent. Here’s how!

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 table-spoon laundry detergent (liquid)
  • White paper towels

i. Handle Delicately

Mesh is fragile, so be gentle. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to delicately remove excess dirt from the outside of the shoes.

ii. Soapy Solution Application

Make a soapy mix with a bit of liquid laundry detergent (1 tbsp) in warm water. Apply it in circular motions to the shoes with a soft cloth. Rinse the cloth regularly to prevent spreading dirt. For tough spots, gently scrub with the toothbrush and soapy water or use a bleach pen.

iii. Rinse and Air-Dry

Avoid submerging mesh shoes. Wipe the exterior with a damp cloth. Fill shoes with white paper towels to maintain shape. Let them air-dry completely before wearing them.

Concluding the Shoe Maintenance Discussion

The four methods highlighted in this guide stand out as the most effective to maintain white shoes in pristine condition. By incorporating these simple yet powerful techniques, you ensure a lasting, spotless appearance for your favorite footwear. Step into each day with confidence, knowing that these are your go-to methods for maintaining both style and cleanliness.

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