How to Care for Leather Shoes Reviews by Wirecutter

Laces and insoles need to be cleaned separately. Remove them from the shoe and place them to the side.

Removing Dirt and Stains

Apply a pea-sized drop of liquid hand soap to a damp cloth. Use a microfiber towel to soak up any excess moisture on the shoe.

This will absorb moisture from the inside and maintain the shape of the shoe. Run the sneakers under clear water to remove any remaining dirt or soap residue. Durable, breathable and water resistant, leather is a natural choice for shoes of all styles.

New towels can bleed their color onto your sneakers, defeating the entire purpose of cleaning them in the first place. A shoe brush can help remove dirt and debris from your shoes, as well as help polish them. Various types of shoe brushes are available on the market, so you can find one that fits your needs. A golf shoe cleaning kit is a great way to keep your shoes looking their best. It usually includes a brush, a polishing cloth, and a waterproofing spray.

If your sneakers still have stains, try using a stain remover like Tide or OxiClean. Apply the stain remover, and let the liquid sit for about five minutes before dabbing with a damp cloth. I was initially hesitant to try something this aggressive, but sneaker-cleaning legend Jason Markk said it’s okay, so I’m fine with it. Leaving unabsorbed polish on the surface of your shoes is bad because it might stain your pants or furniture, and it’s certain to attract dirt and grime.

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FAQs about Cleaning Satin Shoes

I love OxiClean to remove stains on both clothes and white shoes for stubborn stains, but you can make your own to brighten up white knit or canvas sneakers. You can buy hydrogen peroxide (and baking soda!) at most pharmacies.

Work the baking soda paste into your shoes using a toothbrush. Dip the head of the toothbrush into your paste and brush it into the fabric of your shoes. Apply gentle pressure to the bristles so the fabric absorbs the paste. Cover all of the exterior surfaces of your shoes with the baking soda paste. Work in a well-ventilated area in your home, and mix the bleach and water in a small container.