You’re out for a walk on a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. Suddenly, you see a flash of green out of the corner of your eye. You look down just in time to see your Yorkie nipping at a blade of grass. He runs away before you can scold him, leaving you with one very muddy shoe. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Here’s how to get those pesky grass stains out of your shoes without ruining them.
Step One: Scrape Off the Excess Mud
Whether you’re hiking through the woods or playing a game of soccer, it’s inevitable that your shoes will end up covered in mud and grass. And while it may seem like an easy task to simply brush the debris off, you could actually be doing more harm than good. The key to safely removing mud and grass from your shoes is to use a soft-bristled brush and to avoid putting too much pressure on the shoe material.
First, gently scrape away any loose bits of mud with the brush. Then, hold the shoe at an angle and brush away the remaining dirt. Be careful not to scrub too vigorously, as this could damage the shoe’s surface. With a little patience and care, you can quickly and easily remove all traces of mud and grass from your shoes – no scrubbing required!
If you don’t have a brush you can also use a blunt object like a butter knife or a ruler. I’ve personally used plastic cards to do this without cutting into the fabric. Once you’ve removed as much mud and grass as possible, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Step Two: Mix Up a Cleaning Solution
To clean your shoe, you will need a cleaning solution. You can make your own cleaning solution by mixing water and vinegar in a ratio of 1:1. Once you have mixed the water and vinegar, you will need to add a drop of dish soap to the mixture. The dish soap will help to break down the dirt and grime on your shoe. Once you have added the dish soap, you will need to put the mixture into a spray bottle. You can then use the spray bottle to apply the mixture to your shoe. After you have sprayed the mixture onto your shoe, you will need to let it sit for a few minutes.
If you don’t have white vinegar on hand, you can also use lemon juice or rubbing alcohol. Also if you don’t have a spray bottle you can always soak a clean rag in it and wring it out so that it’s damp but not dripping wet.
Step Three: Rub the Stain Firmly with the Rag
Now it’s time to start cleaning! Gently rub the stained area of your shoe with the damp rag in a circular motion. You might need to do this for a minute or two to really work the stain out. If the stain is proving stubborn, you can leave the cleaning solution on for five minutes or so before wiping it off with a dry rag.
Step Four: Repeat as Necessary
If the stain persists, mix equal parts vinegar and water and apply it to the affected area with a clean cloth or sponge. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water and blotting dry. You can also try using a toothbrush dipped in soapy water to lightly scrub at the stain. Just be sure not to brush too hard—you don’t want to damage your shoe’s surface!
Step Five: Let Them Dry Completely
Once you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible, it’s time to let your shoes dry completely. If possible, place them in direct sunlight—the heat will help loosen any remaining stains. If sun isn’t an option, simply let them air dry at room temperature until they’re completely dry to the touch. Once they’re dry, give them one final once-over with a hairdryer set on low heat just to be safe! And that’s all there is to it! With these simple steps, you’ll have your shoes looking good as new in no time.
And there you have it! With these three easy steps, you’ll have your shoes looking good as new in no time. Just remember to be gentle when scrubbing and always test your cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of your shoe before using it on the stain itself. Happy cleaning!