Modern shoes are made in many cheap and exotic materials that need to be cleaned in a specific way. If the proper cleaning methods aren’t used, the usable life of the shoes can easily shorten. For this reason, let’s take a look at the best options for cleaning the different materials:
Leather is a material that can benefit from a regular clean. After every wear, it is useful to give the shoes a wipe to remove the most noticeable dirt and debris. Once the dirt is removed, they can be cleaned with a solution of saddle salt and water. This is a great way to revive the look of the shoes, but it is important to avoid getting the leather too wet.
Canvas sneakers can easily get dirty and pick up mud when in use. The best way to clean these shoes is to wait until they are fully dry. A great cleaning solution is baking soda, laundry detergent and a light scrubbing-brush. If the sneakers feel a little wet after cleaning, they can be filled with non-inked white paper to help shorten the drying time.
Rubber is likely to be one of the easiest materials to clean. This is a very hard-wearing and durable material to clean so it is relatively easy to get the original look back even if they get extremely dirty. However, there are certain situations that need extra care when cleaning. For instance, if they get covered in paint it is still possible to clean, but necessary to use a mild cleaning agent that is intended for this material.
Mesh is a further material that is relatively easy to maintain. However, the mesh is likely to be combined with other materials, which will make it more difficult to clean. Generally, it helps to clean the other materials first and then concentrate on the mesh. The easiest way to clean mesh is to simply create a mixture of soapy water and apply with a gentle cloth.
Suede is a material that is difficult to maintain the like-new appearance because it will soon start to pick up scuff marks. A specialized brush must be used and only clean the shoes when they are fully dry. A purpose made suede eraser is a great remedy for treating the most difficult and stubborn marks. Also, this type of shoe should receive a regular application of protective spray to minimize issues when they are being worn.