Anyone who’s ever owned a pair of white shoes knows that they’re high-maintenance. One little dirt mark can ruin the whole look, and once they’re scuffed up, it’s hard to make them look new again. The good news is that there are a few ways to clean white volleyball shoes so that they look their best. The bad news is that it takes a bit of elbow grease (and some patience). Here’s what you need to know about how to clean white volleyball shoes the right way.
What You Need
Supplies-wise, all you need is some dish soap, a toothbrush (or other soft-bristled brush), a dry cloth, and a lot of patience. You might also want to grab a toothpick or some cotton swabs if you need to clean out any dirt or debris from small crevices.
Use Dish Soap and Water
To start, mix together some water and dish soap in a bowl—the ratio doesn’t really matter, just make sure there’s more water than soap. Dunk your shoes in the soapy water and let them soak for a few minutes. This will help loosen up any dirt or grime on the surface of your shoes.
Use a Soft-Bristled Brush
After your shoes have soaked for a few minutes, take them out of the water and use a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush works well) to scrub away any dirt or marks. Be sure to focus especially on any areas that seem extra dirty or scuffed up. If you’re having trouble getting into small crevices, try using a toothpick or cotton swab dipped in soapy water.
Rinse Them Off
Once you’ve finished scrubbing away all the dirt, rinse your shoes off with clean water. You can do this by putting them back in the bowl of soapy water and swishing them around until all the soap has been removed, or by holding them under a running faucet.
Dry Them Off Thoroughly
This step is important! Make sure you dry your shoes off completely before moving on to the next step, as any moisture left on your shoes can lead to wear and tear down the line. The best way to do this is to stuff them with newspaper (or something similar) and let them sit overnight so that they can air dry completely. Do not put them in the dryer!
Touch Up With White Shoe Polish
If there are any areas of your shoes that still look yellowed or discolored after being cleaned, you can touch them up with white shoe polish. This will help restore their bright white color and make them look good as new! Just be sure not to use too much polish, as this can make your shoes look blurry or cloudy.
With just a few simple household supplies, you can easily clean your white volleyball shoes so that they look brand new again! Just remember to be patient—it takes some elbow grease (and time) to get those sneakers looking spick and span again. Happy cleaning!