For most of us, waterproofing our shoes is an afterthought. We think about it when we’re already standing in a puddle, or when we’re dealing with the aftermath of a soaked shoe. But if you want to be proactive about keeping your feet dry (and avoiding that whole shoe-ruining, wet-sock smell), then waterproofing your shoes should be a regular part of your maintenance routine. Here’s how to do it.
What You’ll Need
Before you start, gather these supplies:
– A clean cloth or brush
– Waterproofing spray or cream
– Shoe polish (optional)
Once you have everything you need, follow these steps:
Clean your shoes
Whether you’re using a spray or cream waterproofing treatment, you’ll need to start with clean shoes. Use a cloth or brush to remove any dirt, debris, or previous treatments from the surface of your shoes. If your shoes are made of leather, you may also want to polish them at this time.
Check the Label
Before you start cleaning your shoes, it’s important to check the label for any specific care instructions. Some materials, like suede and nubuck, require special care and should only be cleaned by a professional. If your shoes are made from one of these materials, stop reading this blog post and take them to a cobbler ASAP.
Remove the Laces (if applicable)
If your shoes have laces, remove them before you start cleaning. This will give you better access to the fabric and prevent the laces from getting ruined in the process. Once the laces are removed, set them aside in a safe place where they won’t get lost.
Vacuum Away the Dust
Use a soft-bristled attachment to vacuum away any dust or dirt that’s accumulated on your shoes. If you don’t have a vacuum with a soft-bristled attachment, use a dust brush instead. Be gentle as you brush away the dirt—you don’t want to damage the material.
Spot Clean any Stains
Once the dust has been removed, it’s time to tackle any stains. Start by spot cleaning small areas with a mild soap and water solution. If that doesn’t work, move on to a stronger cleaner like diluted vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Once again, be sure to test a small area first before moving on to larger sections.
Dip an Old Toothbrush into Cleaning Solution
Apply the cleaning solution to your shoe using an old toothbrush (or something similar). Gently scrub away at the stain until it disappears then blot dry with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until the stain is gone then move on to the next steps.
Let Them Air Dry Completely
This is an important step! Be sure to let your shoes air dry completely before applying the waterproofing treatment.
Apply the waterproofing treatment
Holding the can 6-8 inches away from your shoes, apply an even layer of waterproofing spray or cream to the surface of your shoes. Be sure to treat the seams and stitching as well as the rest of the shoe.
Let your shoes dry
Once you’ve treated your shoes, set them aside in a well-ventilated area and let them dry completely before wearing them again. This usually takes 24-48 hours.
Enjoy weatherproof footwear!
After following these simple steps, your shoes will be ready to take on whatever Mother Nature throws their way.
Don’t let wet weather ruin your favourite pair of shoes! By taking the time to waterproof them, you can extend their life and keep your feet dry no matter what the forecast says. All you need is a can of waterproofing spray or cream, and following these four easy steps.