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Gwen's shoe cleaning tips!

Jul 9, 2010

Canvas Sneakers

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Why I had one really dirty sneaker from my trip to India…The story is I was trying to buy a new pair to replace my favorite sneakers – Tretorn T56 – earlier in the month but they stopped making this exact model. (J.Crew has a special edition of them, but the color description is ivory…can anyone tell me if their model is white?) I would have never cleaned them (shame on me) except I had received a few “Ask the Laundress” questions about cleaning sneakers…so I had just the pair to test.

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Our summer intern extraordinaire, Jackie, and I experimented, cleaned and conquered! Jackie has documented the process below:

  • First, we removed the liners.
  • Second, we cleaned with The Laundress Stain Solution and All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and (mixed them) and scrubbed with a dish brush for heavy-duty cleaning. We prefer using our Kitchen Dish Brush because it has shorter, stronger bristles to work on heavy fabrics and heavy stains versus our gentler Stain Brush.

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  • Third, we soaked them in hot water. (I had to change the water a couple of times so it wasn’t soaking in dinginess)
  • Then, we stuffed them with Scott Rags “Home Improvement Towels” to dry over night.
  • They were not as clean and white as we had hoped. The theory is they were not soaked in clean water long enough.
  • So, we went back this time with the Whites Detergent. We applied it with the stain brush and then soaked them in hot water again for a half hour.

The Results

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Finally, the canvas sneakers were crisp white and clean again!

Further Whitening Tips:

  • We wish we had a place in the sun for them to dry for sun whitening.
  • Maybe just the Whites Detergent and soaking was the way to go!

Mesh Running Sneakers (Wash & Stain Bar vs. Stain Solution):

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After our canvas test, we decided to try two different methods for the mesh sneakers.

Wash & Stain Bar Method

  • First, we removed the liners.
  • Second, we mixed the Wash and Stain Bar with hot water and rubbed the bar on the mesh of one shoe.
  • We then scrubbed mesh with a dish brush and added more water.
  • Used heavy-duty Scott Rags to soak up suds and excess water.

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Stain Solution Method

  • Next, we started on the second shoe.
  • Squeezed Stain Solution on the mesh itself and added water with the brush.
  • Then, we worked the solution into the fabric creating suds.
  • Added water to clear away the suds and soaked it up with the heavy-duty Scott Rags.
  • We also added some Whites Detergent, considering our success with the Canvas Sneakers, to this shoe. This is a great recipe: Stain Solution + Whites Detergent.

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Now, we wait for them to dry, but you can already see a difference, especially with the shoe on the left where we used the Laundress Wash and Stain Bar.
After: (Wash and Stain Bar on left and Stain Solution on right).

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Results: We think that the Wash & Stain Bar and the Stain solution (with added Whites Detergent) worked similarly on the mesh of the sneakers. But, the Wash & Stain Bar took less effort!

So that is what we recommend. Happy laundering!

Smelly Shoes – Removing Odor from Sneakers

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First, we removed the liners.

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Next, we used the Scented Vinegar from our Home Cleaning Collection.

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Squirt some Scented Vinegar on a Scott’s heavy-duty paper towel (a rag will work, too).

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Then, we stuffed these paper towels into the shoes to get rid of odor.

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On the liners, we used our Wash and Stain Bar to wash out residue that causes odor over time.

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We recommend frequent spraying of our Sport Spray for upkeep in between Scented Vinegar and Wash and Stain Bar sessions. This will help keep sneakers smelling fresh.

Washing Flip Flops

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  • First, we wet the Wash and Stain Bar in hot water.
  • Second, Gwen went to work scrubbing the flip flops with the bar.

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She used it on the thong part of the flip flop made out of cloth and canvas as well as the sole made out of rubber.

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This method is ideal to remove dirt and stains from the canvas and fabric portion of a flip flop (if yours should have any!) as well as eliminating the “foot prints” left on the sole where your foot leaves its imprint in dirt.

Before

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After

Take a look on the inside of the thong fabric. The below, treated with the Wash and Stain Bar, is much cleaner!

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Here is another comparison between the washed and unwashed flip flops. The one on the left has not been washed and the one on the right has.

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