By using a few products and some easy steps, you can dry clean every type of shoe, even any slippers. Some of the steps are almost the same for the same material, from fabric and leather to synthetics and sneakers or sandals, or heels. But you have to give special attention to the unique differences when you will follow step-by-step guides for cleaning your pairs of shoes. Proper and right care of your favorite pairs will extend the life and shine of the shoes.
When Should You Clean Your Shoes?
When You Should Clean Your Shoes is a personal preference, but if you want them to look like new at all times, it's the best idea to clean/dry clean your favorite pair of shoes at least once a month. But if the shoes you wear only one occasion can be cleaned on an as needed. You should also have to take care when you clean or dry your shoes any time they're subjected to poor weather, like rain, mud, or snow, and salt or any other substances.
Before You Clean the Shoes:
When you will clean any dirty shoes, especially any fabric shoes, the instinct might be to throw them in the washing machine. But normally this is not a good idea, because the long soaking and rough handling of the washing machine can damage the shoes and loosen the glues that hold the parts together.
So you have to gather knowledge about the materials of your shoes and then you should clean them. Normally cleaning in a washing machine is not safe for cleaning any shoes because it can damage the fabric of the shoes and also can tear them.
How do you Clean Your Fabric Shoes:
Fabric shoes can be any designed shoes like strappy sandals, sneakers, pumps or flats, or any other types. No matter the style or design, the fabric will eventually get dirty very early. These are 5 steps to clean your fabric shoes:
Brush The Excess Dirt from the shoe or wipe down the shoe fabric with a dry paper or towel to remove any loose surface soil, dirt, or debris from the shoe.
Then make a Cleaning Solution. Take a small bucket or bowl, and add one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water. Stir well until it gets combined.
Scrub the shoes Clean. Dip a toothbrush or any other brush in the cleaning solution and lightly scrub the fabric.
Wipe the entire shoe with a paper towel moistened with clear water to remove the soapy liquid. You may need to rinse the entire shoe to remove the cleaning solution.
The last step is to dry the shoes. Wipe the fabric with a dry paper towel and allow the shoes to air dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
How do you Clean Leather Shoes?
It is true that cleaning your shoes at home won't help if they're already damaged and afflicted with a permanent stain. But normal dirt and dust can be easily removed at home. This can be the step-by-step guide on how to clean your leather shoes at home:
First, remove the excess dirt from the sole using a soft shoe brush.
Then mix some warm water with a small quantity of laundry detergent to make a slightly soapy mixture.
Clean dirty areas using a small amount of the liquid-soapy mixture.
Lastly Dry the shoes at room temperature, not in direct sunlight.