Blog Introduction: It’s happened to the best of us. You’ve just copped the newest release of Jordan 11s, you step out for your first wear, and within minutes they’re covered in dirt and grass stains. Now what? Before you go reaching for that old can of Magic Eraser, take a deep breath and read this first. With just a few simple household items, you can clean your shoes and make them look brand new again – no elbow grease required.
Method 1: Scrubbing
Step One: Gather Your Supplies
The good news is that you probably already have everything you need to clean your shoes kicking around your house. For this method, you’ll need:
– A clean toothbrush (an unused one is best, but a used one will work in a pinch)
– A bowl of warm water
– Mild dish soap
– A clean rag or sponge
– White vinegar
– Baking soda
Got everything? Great, let’s move on to step two.
Step Two: Mix Up Your Solution
Start by mixing equal parts white vinegar and warm water in your bowl – about a quarter cup of each should do the trick. Then, add a few drops of mild dish soap and give it all a good stir. The dish soap will help break down any tough stains, while the vinegar will disinfect and brighten up your shoes. Who knew being clean could be so easy?
Step Three: Scrub A Dub Dub
Now it’s time to get scrubbing! Dip your toothbrush in the solution and start scrubbing away at those stains. Be sure to focus on any particularly dirty areas, but don’t forget about those hard-to-reach spots near the laces or tongue. Once you’ve given your shoes a good once over, rinse them off with some clean water to remove any remaining soap residue. Time for step four!
Step Four: Let Them Air Dry
Before reaching for that hair dryer, know this – heat will only damage your shoes further and make them more prone to cracking. Soak up as much water as you can with your rag or sponge, then let them air dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Once they’re good and dry, move on to step five.
Step Five: Bring on the Baking Soda
If you’re still seeing some stubborn stains after letting your shoes air dry, mix up a quick paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stained areas using either your fingers or a toothbrush, then let it sit for about 15 minutes before brushing it off with a clean towel. And that’s it! You’re done. Give yourself a pat on the back – those sneakers look brand new again.
Tools and Materials You’ll Need
Method 2: Soaking
Before you start cleaning your mesh sneakers, it’s important to gather all of the tools and materials you’ll need. For this project, you’ll need a soft brush, a toothbrush (for getting into those hard-to-reach places), some laundry detergent, and a basin or sink full of warm water. You might also want to line the basin or sink with a towel to prevent your shoes from getting scratched.
Step 1: Preparing Your Shoes
The first step in cleaning your mesh shoes is to prepare them for cleaning. This means removing any dirt or debris that might be clinging to the surface of the shoes. The best way to do this is to use a soft brush to gently loosen any dirt or debris that’s stuck on the surface of the shoe. Once you’ve loosened all of the dirt and debris, you can remove it by wiping it away with a cloth or paper towel.
Step 2: Soak Your Shoes
Once you’ve prepared your shoes for cleaning, it’s time to soak them in some warm water. This will help loosen any stubborn dirt or grime that’s clinging to the mesh fabric. To soak your shoes, simply submerge them in a basin or sink full of warm water for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes have passed, use your fingertips look at how much dirt has been loosened and decide whether or not they need any more time soaking. Again, it’s important to line the basin or sink with a towel before soaking your shoes to prevent them from getting scratched.
Step 3: Scrub Your Shoes
Now it’s time for the actual cleaning process. Start by squirting some laundry detergent onto the surface of each shoe and then use a toothbrush (or another small brush) to work the detergent into the mesh fabric. Be sure to pay extra attention to any areas that seem especially dirty or grimy. Once you’ve scrubbed each shoe thoroughly, rinse them off with clean water and set them aside so they can air dry. And that’s it! You’ve successfully cleaned your mesh sneakers without ruining them in the process. Now go show off your clean kicks to all your friends!
We hope that these two methods we outlined help you keep your mesh sneakers clean and looking brand new. Remember, it’s always important to prepare your shoes before cleaning them, use the proper tools and materials, and let them air dry to prevent any damage. Happy cleaning!