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Gwen's shoe cleaning tips!
Jul 9, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
Second, Gwen went to work scrubbing the flip flops with the bar.
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.
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.
Take a look on the inside of the thong fabric. The below, treated with the Wash and Stain Bar, is much cleaner!
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.