Tip #1 Use Cedar Shoe Trees
Did you know during a normal day your feet produce over a 1/4 cup of moisture and up to a 1/2 cup when active? Cedar shoes trees can extend the life of your leather shoes up to three times their expected life span. They draw moisture out of try our shoes; re-awaken the shoe’s natural structural memory; and prevent the leather from wrinkling and cracking.
Aromatic Cedar shoe trees have three basic functions:
The original shape of the shoe is maintained
Using shoe trees daily prevents shoe upper leather from curling and cracking. Leather shape is maintained by the tension of the shoe tree. NuShoe shoe trees are designed to fit properly and easily to nearly all shoe styles on market. Our spring action and split toe design allows the tree to fill the natural shape of your shoe.
The unfinished cedar absorbs moisture
Feet typically perspire an eighth of a cup of moisture everyday. Left unchecked, this moisture is absorbed into the linings of shoes permanently, thus decreasing the life of shoes. By placing shoe trees into shoes every night, moisture is absorbed into the shoe tree from the shoe.
The aroma of cedar deodorizes shoes naturally
Shoe odors are naturally negated with the powerful scent of aromatic cedar.
Tip #2 Rotate Your Shoes
Shoes need a day off. If you want your fine leather shoes to last longer, never wear them for two consecutive days.
Tip #3 Protective Soles
Adding a rubber sole protector prolongs the life of your shoes. Stylishly thin, this rubber top sole protects the outer sole from wear and tear. Water resistant and skid proof, protective soles will greatly increase the life of leather soled shoes.
Tip #4 Use a Shoe Horn
Always use a shoe horn when putting on your shoes. This saves the heel collar and counter from unnecessary wear.
Tip #5 Maintenance
We highly recommend cleaning your shoes on a regular basis, depending on frequency of use. The cleaning method depends on the shoe’s material. Leather can be polished and conditioned with a leather lotion applied with a soft cloth (see steps below). Suede looks best when brushed; although special suede brushes are available, a clean toothbrush works just as well. Fabric should be sprayed with a stain guard.
Cleaning Suede Shoes
Suede gets dirty sometimes, especially if it’s lighter in color. It’s easy to take care of minor stains by yourself, but if they’re really wrecked, you may want to consider patronizing a good cobbler. Below is a list of products that can be very handy when your suede shoes are looking a bit worse for wear.
Suede eraser: Note that using a suede eraser requires quite a bit of elbow grease. To remove a stain, you’ll have to bear down fairly hard, so remember to pace yourself. Brush off any residue with a suede brush.
Protectant spray: Suede protectant will add some water resistance to your shoes. This is an important finishing touch to the cleaning process.
Suede brush: Your suede brush is used for removing eraser residue and for restoring the nap of suede. It’s perfectly alright to use this brush on its own just to even out the nap and give it a bit more life in a pinch. Please note that suede brushes differ greatly from regular horsehair ones (see photo).
Suede shampoo: Suede traps dirt. It’s just what it does. Because of this, it needs to be shampooed from time to time. In case you missed it above, here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to shampoo suede:
- Take a clean dauber brush and work the shampoo in all around the shoe
- Once done, use the same brush to brush the shoes with water until it no longer makes a lather
- Allow shoes to completely air dry
- Restore the suede’s nap using a suede brush
- Apply a suede protectant spray by holding the shoe about a foot away from the stream
- Allow to air dry, and wear!
If cleaning your suede shoes at home doesn’t work as well as you’d hoped, your best bet is to drop them off at a cobbler for professional cleaning.
How can you clean dirty white sneakers and make them look white again? Getting your dirty white shoes to look new and white once again can be easy following our tips. White sneakers and tennis shoes look great but keeping them clean can be a challenge. We will show you some common cleaning methods and some that are not so common. We suggest trying the easiest ways to clean your shoes first.
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
Get a toothbrush and something similar to 409 cleaner. Spray the shoes with the multi-purpose cleaner and scrub the dirty areas using the toothbrush. Get a towel to wipe off any excess cleaner as you clean. Keep the toothbrush wet with the cleaner and keep scrubbing the whole shoe until clean and white. You can also try using concentrated DAWN dish soap with a toothbrush. Dawn breaks down grease and will not stain your shoes.
WATERED DOWN BLEACH
This method works very well if done correctly. Wear some rubber gloves when working with bleach. Also, do not use bleach near carpet or clothing as it will discolor everything it touches. Use a toothbrush and dip it into some warm watered down bleach. Use the brush to clean away the dark stains. This is a very effective way if you have a 2 color shoe where you don’t want to get the other color any lighter.
Use a non-gel white toothpaste. Apply the toothpaste to your dirty shoe using a toothbrush. Use the toothbrush to work the paste into the dirty spots on your shoe. Once it is worked into the shoe, let it sit on your shoe for about 10 minutes. Then take a damp towel and wipe the toothpaste off of your shoe. Repeat this as many times as needed to get your white shoes white.
Empty your dishwasher so that nothing is in it. Run the kitchen faucet next to the dishwasher on hot water to get the water that will be going into the dishwasher hot. Add in your normal dish washing detergent and put your shoes on the top rack facing downward. Run the dishwasher as normal. Once the dishwasher is finished with the wash cycle, take your wet shoes out and place them in the sun. If this is not possible you can put them into the dryer. If you do this, add a couple large dry towels into the dryer with your shoes to minimize the shoes from banging around.
Spray your dirty white shoes with either a carpet cleaning spray or a washing machine stain removing spray. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then put them into the washing machine on the shortest washing cycle using hot water. Doing this will really clean your shoes and make them look new. Your shoes will shrink a little bit so use this method as a last resort.