Shoe Cleaning — Protecting The Investment
Posted on February 19 2019
Picture this: You get home from the store with a new pair of shoes under your arm — they haven't even left the box yet. You know that new shoes are just like new vehicles being taken off of the lot, being that they lose a lot of their value the second that they are taken out of the box. This can make it a little hard to even want to wear them.
At Laced. we recognize the inherent need to keep your brand new shoes clean — but not wearing them to do so is simply not a good option. Instead, we believe that you should wear your shoes without looking over your shoulder at every puddle that could potentially dirty them or any object that might scuff them. And knowing that there are viable shoe cleaning solutions available might make doing so a little easier for you.
In today’s blog we will be discussing how to clean your shoes should you ever get them dirty — and as a store that offers professional shoe cleaning services to the Los Angeles area, we know a thing or two about how to do so. Continue reading to learn more.
Before we begin to even think about discussing how to properly clean shoes, we have to address the fact that there are plenty of products out there that claim to be “the best shoe cleaner” on the market. While we do believe that the use of shoe cleaning products is an essential step in the shoe cleaning process, it is the tools that you use to do so, and the way that you use them, that will determine if your shoes can look like new again. In today’s blog post we will be discussing in depth how to clean different shoe materials, as well as some of our favorite products that you can use to do so — but if you really want the job done right, consider bringing your sneakers into our shoe cleaning store.
How To Clean Different Shoe Materials
Luckily, most shoes are made out of the same materials. So once you learn to properly clean them, there won't be a shoe out there that you can't make look brand new again. Below, we have listed some of the more common shoe materials, as well as the best way to clean each one.
When you buy high-end sneakers like limited releases and special editions, you might end up having a shoe with a lot of leather material. On the other hand, you might just be washing your dress shoes while you wash your favorite pair of daily sneakers.
When washing leather, it is extremely important to be gentle. Being that leather can scuff easily and does not do well being exposed to large amounts of moisture, it is important to start the cleaning process with a dry cloth. The cloth will knock off a good majority of the dirt without scratching the leather surface. Next, you can move to a damp cloth — but not too damp. All you want is for the cloth to be damp enough to grab all of the leftover dirt that the dry cloth had missed. To wrap it up, dry the leather off and leave your shoes in a well-ventilated area to rest.
One of the most common shoe materials that we clean here at our Los Angeles shoe cleaning store is canvas. Plenty of places online will claim that canvas is an easy material to clean, and it is — but if you do it wrong, it is also an easy material to damage.
While some sources online say that laundry detergent and baking soda are the best cleaning solution for canvas, we believe that you should stick to cleaners that have been specifically designed for shoe cleaning. Why? Well, detergents and baking soda come in a variety of different blends, with some being more acidic and damaging than others — so it is best to use a product designed for cleaning shoes.
Once you have gotten the necessary materials, it is important that you wet the canvas and gently scrub the product onto the shoe. Then dry the canvas — repeating the process if the shoe is still dirty.
Swade is one of the more tricky materials to clean, especially if the suede has become scuffed. In our experience, we have found that the best way to remove scuffs from suede is to use a suede eraser.
Suede erasers work much like the eraser that you would use to correct a mistake on a piece of paper. Simply rub it on the dry stains or scuffs and brush off the residue with a brush once the stain or scuff has been lifted.
Ahhhhh, the midsole and sole — the dirtiest parts of a shoe. Being that the midsole and the sole are in constant contact with the ground, they tend to get dirty easily, with stains setting in deeper than most materials. Luckily, they are relatively easy to clean. Simply apply a cleaning product (we will discuss our favorite shortly) and scrub away with a medium-stiffness brush.
If the midsole has decorative paint in it cleaning the midsole might be a little more difficult. If you have a painted midsole, consider bringing it in to Laced. for our professional shoe cleaning services.
Mesh is by far one of the easiest materials to clean. If the mesh of your shoe becomes dirty, simply rub it with a damp cloth. Do not use paper towels, because the towel can break down and lodge itself within the mesh. After you have rubbed out the mesh, be sure to position your shoes in a way that they will have the ability to dry.
When cleaning the mesh part of your shoes, be considerate of the materials around it (i.e. if it is near leather, be sure to keep the leather dry).
What Product Does Our Professional Shoe Cleaning Service Recommend?
At Laced. we have tried our fair share of sneaker cleaning kits and solutions, but the one that we have found to work best is brought to you by Reshoevn8r. Reshoevn8r offers a variety of products ranging from cleaning solutions to shoe trees to laundry bags and a number of brushes. In fact, Reshoevn8r products are the very cleaning tools that we use here in our shoe cleaning store. Stop by our store today at 4193 Redondo Beach Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260 today to pick up some Reshoevn8r products, or to drop off your favorite sneakers at our professional shoe cleaning service center.
For Professional Shoe Cleaning Services In Los Angeles, Think Laced.
For all of your sneaker needs, whether that be purchase or cleaning, come to visit us at our Los Angeles shoe store. We offer a wide variety of services ranging from limited edition shoe sale, shoe cleaning, clothing sales, and even in-house designers that can help you find the perfect fit from head to toe. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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