Sneakers are likely to pick up dirt and even scratch but they are simple to clean. Cleaning the shoes after wearing them will help get rid of the dirt. If cannot be removed easily through hand washing then one can opt to use the washing machine. One should avoid tossing the shoes in the dryer to dry. This is because the heat generated from the dryer can ruin your shoe making the rubber detached from the sole. In case of stubborn stains or scuffs, one can follow the steps below to clean the shoes. Sneakers come in different colors, for instance, the Hoka walking shoes for womens. Hereby are some of the steps that can be followed when cleaning. The procedure mostly suits the black and white sneakers.
1. Prepare a cleaning solution.
Sneaker shoes are commonly made with canvas. Laundry detergent can easily remove dirt and slight stains from the canvas material. All you need to do is to mix a quarter cup of laundry detergent with three cups of water in a container. If you do not have laundry detergent, you can also try using window cleaner, dish wash, body wash, or even shampoo.
2. Fill a dish with warm clean water
This is the container where you will rinse off the washcloth after applying the cleaning solution.
3. Dip the washcloth in the cleaning solution and begin cleaning your sneakers.
Use the washcloth to clean the shoes in sections to remove stains and dirt. Occasionally rinse off the shoes in some clean water and then dip them back into the cleaning solution and keep on cleaning until the dirt is removed. Remove the shoe laces and wash them separately. Use the procedure to also clean the interior part of the shoes.
4. Scrub the rubber part and the soles using the washcloth and a toothbrush
Most dirt and stains will come off easily when rubbed with a piece of cloth dipped in the cleaning solution. When the stains seem to be tougher, you can use an old toothbrush to remove the dirt. You should not dispose of old toothbrushes as they may be of great help when cleaning the converse shoes. Using a piece of cloth, rub the sole and the rubber parts attached around the canvas. Be keen when cleaning the front part as it tends to pick up a lot of scuff marks. If the rubber part of your shoe is not too scuffed, you can use a wet wipe to get rid of the small marks.
5. Wipe off the shoes using a wet piece of cloth
Use a wet piece of cloth to rub off any soap residue that could have been left during the cleaning process. Look at the shoes to confirm if there is any part of the shoe that has been left with some stains.
6. Let the shoes air dry
Once you have confirmed that the shoes are clean, you can stuff them with some newspapers to help them retain their shape. You can set them in a raised and warm spot with good air circulation around your compound to dry quickly. Dry the shoe laces separately with the shoes as they may take a shorter duration to dry. If the shoes are black, avoid drying them in direct sunlight as the sun can bleach them giving them unpleasant shades.
In conclusion, there are many procedures for cleaning sneakers. The above article illustrates one of the procedures one can adopt in cleaning sneakers.