How To Clean White Sneakers
Best Ways To Clean White Sneakers
Among all shoes you can possess, white sneakers are by far the most versatile. They go with almost everything and have the power to elevate a drab outfit to the high-end status instantly.
White trainers have an undeniable appeal. Undeniably too, your pristine Converse, adored Adidas, or beloved Stan Smiths won’t stay white for long. In fact, anyone who owned a pair for more than five minutes can confess that they will get downright grimy.
The trick, of course, for them to make you chic and not shabby, is to keep them looking box-fresh.
But how? How can some wicked people manage to keep them clean for ages while you start struggling with scratches and stains the minute you walk past the door?
The good news is that there is no wizardry involved. No cauldrons, no magic potions, and no enchanted spells. There are some smart tricks though, and we know all of them. So, here’s how to clean white sneakers and keep them like new for long.
Erase Stubborn Stains With Vinegar
If the number of shoe cleaner brands people (and mighty Google) swear by overwhelms you, the simplest way to keep your white sneakers clean is with archaic solutions. Ditch blind shopping and turn to your kitchen cupboard.
Make a DIY shoe cleaning solution by mixing vinegar and water in equal quantities, get a cloth, and start rubbing gently over the stains.
This trick works on any material as long as the stain is new, but it does tend to have better results on leather sneakers. If yours are canvas, check out the next trick.
Baking Soda Is Your Sneakers’ Best Friend
Baking soda is one of those miraculous agents involved in multiple household cleaning projects, besides in baking cookies, of course. According to the Internet, it’s also involved in the miraculous cleaning of white canvas sneakers.
Mix one part baking soda with one and a half parts mild laundry detergent. Gently scrub this cleaning solution on your sneakers with a toothbrush, insisting on the grimiest areas, and let sit for a while.
Rinse with abundant lukewarm water and voilà! Your white footwear is looking white again rather than greyish.
Hand Wash The Shoe Laces
It is quite obvious that you can’t pair your sparkling sneakers with grimy shoelaces. As tempted as you are to toss them in the washing machine, don’t do it.
Soap and lukewarm water work just fine. Throw in a bit of elbow grease, and you’ll easily get sparkling laces for your spotless shoes.
Remove Oil Stains With Shampoo
White shoes have many predators in the urban jungle. Nasty oil stains are perhaps the most voracious. They attack when you least expect them and threaten to ruin your stylish babes for good. Unless you ward them off with something you use daily anyway.
So, you needn’t worry if you dropped a chunky French fry on your brand new white sneakers. Just go home, get your mildest shampoo and a toothbrush, and rub gently on the smudge. It should come off immediately.
Clean With Diluted Bleach
Bleach can be either your best friend or worst enemy, depending on how you use it. It can successfully remove all dirt and stains from your canvas sneakers, but it can also turn the white fabric to an odd color that will remind of d’Artagnan’s beloved Yellowcup.
Avoid the weird yellow tone by mixing one part bleach with five parts of water. Dip a toothbrush in the solution, rub gently on your shoes, and rinse with abundant warm water.
You can use the same bleach solution on your laces too if they are particularly dirty.
Dry With Paper Towel
Now, we all know that water and shoes are not exactly best friends. That’s why you should speed up the drying process by stashing in a crumpled paper towel. Paper will absorb excess moisture and will speed up the drying process.
Some people (and Twitter) even swear by the moisture-wicking properties of the baby powder. We’re not sure how this works, but it has been proved that baby powder in your shoes can prevent stinky feet, so it’s a win-win anyway.
Cover Scratches With White Nail Polish
Ladies and gents, whether or not you’re a nail polish wearer, you should invest in quality white nail polish if you have white sneakers. Keep it at hand, and use it for quick touch-ups on all those moments when you spot a scratch or smudge on your spotless white sneakers. It works wonders.
Keep Clean With Wipes
It is a pity to fall victim to dirt and grime after you spent a good amount of time cleaning your white trainers. That’s why you should invest in shoe cleaning wipes. Sanitizing wipes can also work if you don’t have the shoe kind.
Use them throughout the day to wipe dirt and smudges off your shoes. Even if it might not make them spotless, it will be easier to clean them once you get home.
Store White Sneakers Indoors
The biggest enemy of white canvas and some kinds of eco leather is the sun. UV radiations can weaken the material and also cause unwanted discoloration. So, even if you could be tempted to leave your sneakers outdoors, just don’t do it!
You must treat these beauties good if you want them to serve you well, so store them in a cool, dark place when not in use.
Steer Clear From The Washing Machine
We know. You finally got home after a stressful day. You’re tired, and all you want is to unwind on the couch with a cold beer (or glass of wine). Or indulge yourself with a pampering bath. You are so tempted to toss your shoes in the washing machine and let the modern day wonder do its trick.
But there is bad news. Even on the gentlest cycle, the washing machine is just too rough on your footwear.
While you could fall into temptation every now and then if you have canvas sneaker, you must never – and I mean never – wash your white leather trainers in the washer.
And now that you know how to clean white sneakers go make them sparkling and fashionable again.