* Prevention and proactive cleaning is best way to keep shoes white
* Use mix of dry and wet wipes
* Keep shoes clean to look professional and polished
You take the time to clean your clothes – it’s time to start cleaning your shoes too.
Nothing says “unpolished” more than a guy who’s rocking a cool T-shirt and perfectly cuffed jeans only to pair them with the dirtiest, nastiest sneakers. Leave the Grunge look in the 90s where it belongs. Keeping your shoes clean isn’t as hard as you think. Here are four easy ways to do it.
1. THROW THEM IN THE WASHING MACHINE
White canvas sneakers can easily be cleaned in the laundry machine. Pro tip: remove the laces first so they don’t get caught in the spinner. Also consider tossing your shoes in a pillowcase or mesh bag to keep them from rolling around too much.
Mesh Sneaker Laundry Wash Bag
2. USE A DRY “MAGIC” WIPE
For leathers or suedes, use a sneaker cleaning wipe and address the dirt right when it happens. These “Magic Cleaner” pads from NUE promise to de-scuff, polish and dry your shoes to restore their original condition. The white side uses a high-density melamine to remove surface stains and scuffs; the gold side polishes and dries with its authentic German chamois cloth. No cleaning solution or detergent is needed – just use a little bit of water and let the pads do the work for you.
NUE Magic Sneaker Cleaning Pads (3-Pack)
3. USE WET SNEAKER WIPES
Brush off any surface dust, then give your shoes a good scrub. These Jason Markk wipes are specifically made for footwear, so you don’t have to worry about scuffing or damaging the material. The wipes are dual-textured, with a smooth side to wipe away dirt, and raised dots on the reverse to clean extra-tough spots. Individually packaged, we like to keep a stack in our car, some at the office, a handful in our travel bag and the rest at home.
JASON MARKK Quick Wipes (30-Pack)
For heavy duty cleaning, this Jason Markk kit includes a foaming Premium Shoe Cleaner and a wooden handle brush for easy application. The product is safe to use on all colors and materials including leather, suede, nubuck, canvas, nylon, cotton mesh and more.
JASON MARKK Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit
4. GIVE YOUR SHOES A STAIN-REPELLENT COATING
At the end of the day, prevention is the best protection. Stay away from mud, red wine and other dangerous situations. Spray your shoes with a repellent. This one, from Cadillac, is an eco-friendly, silicone-free spray that creates an invisible barrier for your footwear against the elements.
CADILLAC SELECT Premium Water and Stain Protector
Hold the bottle about 10 inches from your shoes and spray away. Pro tip #2: give them a good coating, let ‘em dry, then spray them again. Sometimes it takes a couple coats to really seal in the surfaces.
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