You got your new white shoes and they’re your pride and joy. You want to keep them in the best possible condition right? Well, there will come a time when they will get dirty. That is to be expected. So how do you keep white shoes white?
Well, read on as I will show you how. It’s not that difficult at all really. Just check out the options for you below.
Are you a fashionista?
White shoes are a fashion statement aren’t they? But what sort of statement are you saying when your new pair of white shoes are dirty or even turning yellow?
Not a very good message is it?
You’ve probably spent quite a bit of money on these new pair of shoes. And your shoes are not to be underestimated as shoes can compliment your complete outfit. So you want to take great care with them, don’t you?
Before I do go over some options for you I just want to say that by setting some time aside to clean your shoes that they will definitely last longer. And that by doing so will mean that you don’t have to rush out every time that they get dirty to buy a new pair.
Over at The Idle Man it is suggested that you keep away from muddy areas or puddles. Definitely a good idea if you want your shoes to last.
- Prepare Your Shoes Before The First Wear
- Know Your Terrain
- How To Clean Your Shoes – Your Options
- Final Thoughts
Prepare Your Shoes Before The First Wear
Before you even think about putting on your new shiny white shoes you need to pre-treat them by applying a suitable protectant to them.
As your shoes will be exposed to all sorts of elements and conditions there will be opportunities that your shoes will get dirty and even show their age.
If you’re out in the rain then obviously the rain water can penetrate the material of your shoes. It is therefore important to pre-treat your shoes first as this will help the durability of your shoes right off the bat.
If you don’t apply an appropriate repellent coating then rainwater, (or any other kind of water), will seep into the material of the shoe and cause damage, such as creases, rot or even stains.
Over time this damage can get worse resulting in holes appearing in your once perfect shoes. How sad?!
It is therefore definitely a good idea to invest in a stain and water resistant product before you even put your feet into your new white shoes.
These resistant, (or rather repellent), products usually come in the form of a spray, which you will use on the whole shoe. This includes the sole and the laces as well.
Know Your Terrain
You have probably bought your new white shows because you want to give a statement. And that statement is that you are both ‘trendy’ and that you take pride in your appearance.
There is therefore no point in hiking in your new shoes or even standing in a field of cows is there? They would soon get pretty dirty in no time at all.
You will want to keep to the footpath as much as possible and keep out of those muddy puddles.
You therefore need to wear footwear that is suitable for where you are going and what you intend doing.
So ask yourself these two questions before you put on your best white shoes.
You will of course get them dirty from time to time. And that is to be expected. But if you take precautions and consider your surroundings then your shoes will last a lot longer.
How To Clean Your Shoes – Your Options
There are 5 options available to you that I would like to cover here. Each of them depends on how much time and money that you are willing to spend on the upkeep of your shoes.
Depending on the type of material of your shoes will limit your options as well. You obviously cannot throw a pair of leather shoes into the washing machine with your dirty socks. You need to take better care than that.
1. Brush the dirt off
Yes, if you are lazy then this could be a good option for you. But that’s not going to get your shoes white is it?
Brushing the dirt off is a good first step though in maintaining your treads.
Getting the dirt off your shoes with a brush will get some of it off but not all of it. There will be some stubborn dirt that will be buried into the shoe.
So, this option will help to make your shoes appear a little bit better but it won’t bring them back to their former glory. If you take pride in your appearance then using only this option is not for you.
2. Use the washing machine
Ah yes, another easy option that is available to you is the good old washing machine. But that is of course if you do have a washing machine or have access to one.
But is it that easy? Can you just chuck your shoes into the washing machine, set it and then have brand-spanking-new-clean white shoes?
Well, your shoes will look cleaner that’s a guarantee. And your washing machine will do a better job than just brushing alone. But a word of caution if you are using this option – you do need to take care with the settings of your machine.
You do not want to set your machine to a hot wash. That will definitely destroy the material of your shoes.
And if you are going to use this method then I suggest that you put some towels in the machine as well do prevent your shoes from banging against the inside of the machine. Don’t just throw only your shoes inside the machine and turn it on.
I would advise you not to use this option as your washing machine can easily damage your shoes as I have said. But as it is an option I thought that I would put it out there.
Also, when your shoes come out of the washing machine you may be tempted to use a hair dryer to dry out any of the wet patches.
Please refrain from using a hair dryer or a tumble dryer as the heat will damage your shoes.
3. Use soapy water
Yes, it’s that easy. Before I go on I just want to say that this option is not suitable for canvas shoes.
Using a detergent can do some irreversible damage to your shoes such as leaving sud marks and can even turn the rubber sole yellow.
Anyway, for this option you just get a bucket of soapy water and just scrub any dirt off your shoes with a brush. Just make sure that your brush is non-abrasive otherwise you WILL do damage to your shoes.
You will need a few other items if you decide that this option is best for you. But don’t worry as these are all common household options that you should have.
Besides soapy water, a bucket and a brush you will also need:
- Container to wash your laces in
- Hand towel
And that’s it, lol. You will also need some time as well.
You can read more about this method by checking out my How To Clean Your Shoes The Easy Way post.
4. Use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Now this option can be used as well as the previous one. Personally I think that it’s best if you clean off as much dirt as you can using soapy water and then apply the Magic Eraser to your shoes.
Trust me, this Eraser is great for whitening your shoes, removing those scuff marks and bringing your shoes back to their former glory.
The Magic Eraser is really cheap. And besides it being really cheap you can also use it for other purposes all around your home.
You can use it to clean your walls, the bath, the oven door and practically anything else you can think of that needs a good clean.
If you do buy this stuff and don’t use it for your shoes you can always use it for something else. So you’re not really wasting your money on this product.
5. White Shoe Polish – For Leather Shoes!
My final option that I will suggest to you is for you to buy some white shoe polish for your leather shoes. If you really want to make an impression and want to keep those white leather shoes of yours white then this stuff is for you.
You will though need to clean your shoes before you use the shoe polish. And also make sure that your shoes are dry before you apply the polish.
If you aren’t satisfied with the appearance of your shoes after one coating then you can always apply a second coating.
Before I leave you I just wanted to say a few last things.
Now then I have already discussed that you should consider where you intend going before you put on those nice white shoes of yours. And what you intend doing when you get there as well.
One excellent tip for you is to clean your shoes as soon as possible. So as soon as you get a chance use the above options to get that dirt off your shoes. This will help the stain from seeping in and causing damage.
And finally you want to follow whichever option(s) works best for you.
If you really want to look after your shoes and go that extra mile, (not walking I mean or do I), then take your time to clean your shoes thoroughly. You’ll thank me.
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