There are very few things in life that are as crucial to a sharp wardrobe as a crisp pair of white sneakers. They can do double duty casually or dressed up and they always look great any season of the year. But like most worthy things in life, owning a pair of white sneakers is a commitment; all it take is a random drop of ketchup or a crowded bar to turn you fresh whites into a sad state of affairs. So, in order to keep you on top of your shoe game we’ve got the essential tips you need to know in order to keep those kicks ice cold and white.
1. Jason Markk Sneaker Cleaner Kit
If you’re serious about your kicks (and who isn’t?) it’s probably time you enlisted the help of the pros. Like the Navy SEALs of shoe care, this is one of the secrets that all snakeheads live by. The Jason Markk Sneaker Cleaning Kit is a premium shoe cleaner that is specially formulated with mostly natural elements so it’s going to be easy on leather, canvas, rubber, whatever material it’s used on. This kit comes with their powerful sneaker solution and a wooden bristle brush that going to go hard on those tough stains. This solution is safe for all colors and materials so you can even show some love to all the shoes in your closet. Plus it’s only $16, a hell of a deal.
2. Dishwashing Soap
You’ve probably got dishwashing soap already under your sink so if you want to get all Martha Stewart on your gear, simply mix a solution of the soap and water. Next, grab an old toothbrush and get to scrubbing your shoes. Use a circular motion and a bit of extra elbow grease on those scuffs and stains. Dishwashing soap is designed to be tough on grease and gentle on your hands so you won’t have to worry about the solutions destroying your sneakers.
3. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Another secret that shoe fanatics swear by, The Magic Eraser will do wonders with your shoes. It works best on shoes with rubber and leather, and has a fine grit and is slightly abrasive so so you won’t need to put too much effort into it. Once the eraser is wet, just wipe gently and let the eraser do the heavy lifting. For our money, the eraser works best as a 1-2 punch with dishwashing soap.
If you’ve got some canvas and rubber kicks (like Converse or Vans) that have some stains bleach is going to be just the kind of heavy artillery you need. Bleach is very strong so you’ll need to take a few precautions so you don’t ruin both your clothes and skin. Wear some rubber cleaning gloves and make sure you have a clear working space when using bleach. You must start by diluting the bleach and a ratio of five parts water for a small cup filled halfway with bleach is an ideal ratio. Once mixed, use a toothbrush and get to and to scrubbing those stains. Using a toothbrush will help you control where the bleach is going and we suggest starting with a very small area to ensure you know how the material is going to react with the bleach. Leather is sensitive so we don’t recommend using the bleach method on something that is predominantly leather.