SHOE SAVING HACKS – As seen on 3TV/Phoenix (Good Morning Arizona) – Monday, May 6, 2019 – 8:50am
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Toe Marks in Sandals
How many times have you gone to put on a pair of sandals and seen those dirty toe marks where your toes sit. There is a quick easy way to remove those and keep your shoes new looking. It works for the suede-look lining and also leather or faux leather.
Dampen a microfiber cloth and firmly rub the inside of toe area, where the dark toe areas are. Keep turning the cloth to a clean area as you work on the shoes. You can also add a little bar soap to the cloth when working on leather linings. Rub until clean and then reset the nap if they have a suede-type lining, by rubbing in the nap direction with the damp cloth. Let dry out of sun.
Tough Toe Marks
Add some rubbing alcohol to your microfiber cloth and rub. Blot. Allow to air dry.
White Canvas and Leather Shoes – Colored and Patterned Shoes
Do you have a pair of white canvas shoes that need cleaning? Perhaps you have some colored athletic shoes that need freshening.
For white canvas shoes, apply a paste of automatic dishwashing detergent mixed with hot water to the shoes. Let this soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub the surface with a nail brush or tooth brush. Rinse well and allow it to dry out of the sunlight. Do not put in the dryer. This will cause a brown line to appear on the canvas where it touches the rubber sole.
You may also wash the white or colored shoes in the washing machine. Put them in in a zip up delicates (lingerie) laundry bag with your regular detergent and ½ cup of Twenty Mule Team Borax. When done, re-shape the shoes and dry out of the sunlight. Once dry you can apply a coat of spray starch to them so they stay clean longer and clean more easily the next time.
I have also found, while testing ZOTE Soap, that you can wet the shoe with warm water and lather the ZOTE on the shoe. Rub firmly or use a brush, rinse and launder as above in the washer or rinse, spin out in the washer and air dry.
Skecher Go Walk-Type Shoes
Nylon/Mesh Shoes: Most non-leather casual shoes can be safely machine washed on the gentle cycle and air-dried, I suggest placing them in a pillowcase or laundry bag before washing in machine. Apply a protectant such as Skechers™ Water Proofer Spray or Scotchgard™ to protect the shoes from water and stains.
Caring for Fabric Shoes
While fabric shoes are a little more of a challenge to keep clean, there are several things that you can do to keep them looking great for years!
Lightly brush dirt and debris away using a soft nylon brush.
Gently wipe with a damp, lint-free cloth.
Light dirt spots can be removed using Club Soda, seltzer water, or soda water and a toothbrush. Wipe to remove excess water and air dry. You can avoid water marks by feathering wet patches with a damp cloth.
Heavier marks and/or stains can be removed using Scotchgard Fabric Cleaner. Scotchgard Fabric Protector will help avoid water spots, and reduce dirt pickup and stains.
Got Stinky Shoes? Try these odor killers
Pour some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. (Make sure you mark your spray bottle so people know it isn’t safe to consume.)
Spray the alcohol inside each stinky shoe – just a couple spays should do the trick! Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated room or outside.
Let dry completely before wearing.
I like this product because it contains enzymes that digest the protein in sweat, completely and safely removing it. You simply spray, let dry and wear.