Tips for Cleaning the Soles of Your Shoes
Our shoes and clogs take a beating every day. With the weight of our body, plus the simple act of walking, it is no wonder that our shoes can look like they have been through the mud. This is especially true if you have a favorite pair and wear them every day. That is why caring for your clogs and shoes can help extend the look and maybe even the life of your shoe.The soles of our shoes take the brunt of the wear and tear when walking and wearing them. Occasionally we run into problems with debris we may pick up as we are walking and living life. There are products and some tips you can use to clean off the soles of your shoes.
Take a look at these tips and save this post for the next time you have to clean your soles.
5 Tips for Cleaning the Soles of Your Shoes
Gum Removal: Protect the leather of your shoe with a dry cloth. Lightly spray the wad of gum on the bottom of your shoe with WD-40. Use only a little bit and only spray around the edges of the wad of gum. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes and then use a brush or chopstick to pry the wad from your shoe. Use a damp cloth to remove the residue of the WD-40 and towel dry.
Stone & Gravel Removal: Use an old toothbrush to remove tiny stones and gravel from the tread of your shoes. If a stone is really stuck in there tight, carefully use the end of a skewer or small flat head screwdriver to pry it out.
Tar Removal: Mix 1 teaspoon of degreaser liquid dish soap in 1 cup of warm water. Dip an old toothbrush into the soapy solution and scrub the tar off the bottom of your shoe. Once off, towel dry or air dry with the shoe sitting sole-side up.
Mud Removal: It’s always best to wait until the mud has thoroughly dried before you attempt cleaning. Once dry, use an old toothbrush to knock off all of the dry mud as possible. If needed, you can dip a toothbrush into some liquid soapy water and use that to get in between the treads. Once done, towel dry.
Overall Cleaning: When dealing with genuine leather shoes, it’s best to purchase a leather cleaning kit. A lot of these kits will include cleaning products that can be used on the leather uppers and separate products that can be used on the soles. When it comes to overall cleaning, “spot clean” the uppers and soles, and never toss leather shoes into a washing machine or dryer.
These tips are great for cleaning and preserving the soles of your shoes or clogs, especially those with treads on the soles, where things can get stuck in-between. Caring for your shoes and clogs just got easier!
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