How To Clean Your Shoes

How To Clean Your Shoes

It’s summer and a chance to go out, enjoy the sun and attend outdoor events such as weddings, cocktail parties and graduations. Unfortunately, the outdoors are not our shoes’ friends, especially those we wear especially for those special occasions. Our shoes are often left with grass, or mud, or dust and this can be hard to clean off. As wedding season starts, we all need tips on how to clean our shoes and sneakers. 

How to Get Rid of Mud From Shoes and Sneakers

The most important thing to understand when cleaning mud from shoes and sneakers is the material that they are made from. You can’t use any old method to clean your shoes. So you should get a handle of what material your shoe is made off. This is vital before you start cleaning.

So, find out what you are cleaning before cleaning. If your shoe is made up of different materials, you may have to use different techniques or different brushes to clean your shoes. If, say, your white sneakers are made of just one material, then you can clean them using one technique

Before starting, remove all the dried mud you can, using a shoe brush, or just by banging the shoes together.

Typically, you can clean fabric or leather shoes with soap and warm water. Use a gentle cleanser from Avant Permanent Cosmetics or even strong cleansers if needed, depending on the kind of material you have. Look for foaming soap to keep your fabrics clean, because it is a gentler solution than your typical liquid soap. 

Clean fabric shoes with a light colored or white cloth, or even a sponge, so that you don’t get dye onto the shoes. Avoid drowning your cloth with water. You want to clean your shoes as soon as possible, because the longer you wait, the deeper the dirt gets into your shoes. If your shoes can’t be cleaned, then you may have to sell your shoes. Start off gently and become firmer as you progress. 

If your sneakers or suede shoes are dirty with mud, you should clean them with a suede brush followed by a suede eraser. 

How to Get Rid of Grass Stains from Shoes 

The first thing to do is to remove dried grass from your shoes, so that your liquid cleaner doesn’t muddy it.

Brush your shoes so that all that dried grass and dirt is cleaned off and you don’t drag it into your full coverage painting & flooring. Afterwards, just scrub off your shoes, focusing on any areas with stains. Repeat until your shoes are clean, and then leave them out to dry. 

It’s important to use an enzymatic stain cleaner to get rid of the protein stains that emerge from having grass on your shoes. 

Protecting Your Shoes

Cleaning your shoes is important, but if you want to save yourself a lot of trouble, protecting them is ideal. Get water and stain repellent sprays for your shoes, but make sure that you get the right product for your shoe. As we discussed at the top of this article, the first thing you need to do is figure out what material your shoe is made from.