How to clean white shoes so they look new. White shoes are a staple in many men’s wardrobe and are one of the most versatile items you could own.
The only downside to having white shoes is that they get dirty quickly. And washing your shoes can seem like a daunting task.
But it is possible to keep your beloved white shoes as pristine as when you first got them.
Try out these steps on how to clean your white shoes, whether they are made from leather, canvas or suede.
White Leather Shoes
Leather is one of the easiest fabrics to clean as it doesn’t absorb as much water as other materials.
To clean your white leather shoes, you’ll need paper towels, Ivory soap, an old t-shirt and magic erasures.
Wet your paper towel, gently wipe down the outside of your shoes. This will help remove any big pieces of dirt. Let your shoes dry for about 10 minutes. Wet your magic erasure and squeeze out any excess moisture. Clean the sole of the shoe until the dirt or stains are gone.
Next, wet your t-shirt and lather up the soap. In gentle circular motions, massage the upper part of the shoe until it returns back to its white color.
Wipe off any excess soap and let your shoes dry for another 10 minutes. Depending on how dirty your shoes are, you may need to repeat this process.
White Canvas Shoes
You may think that getting grime out of white canvas shoes is difficult but it’s simple.
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of white vinegar with a cup of warm water. Dip a clean cloth or toothbrush into the paste and get scrubbing. The baking soda mixture will dry quickly so brush off any remaining paste and leave your shoes to air dry.
White Suede Shoes
Cleaning white suede shoes can be tricky as it’s a delicate fabric that stains easily but it’s not impossible.
You’ll need a soft cotton cloth, a pink pencil erasure, white vinegar and a suede brush. Blot your shoes with the soft cloth to remove any moisture. Gently rub at stains with the erasure.
Place a paper towel onto any wet stains and apply pressure. Don’t rub at the stains as they could spread around the shoe. Dip your soft cloth into the vinegar and gently rub at any remaining stains. You’ll then want to allow your shoes to dry before rubbing the outside with the suede brush.
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How to clean white shoes so they look new