Tips to Clean Different Types of Shoes

Tips to Clean Different Types of Shoes

If you take a look at your shoe collection, you will find shoes made from different materials, colours and finishes. However, it can become really hard to make your shoes last longer. With a few supplies and easy steps, you can clean all your shoes. So here are some tips for you to follow when cleaning your shoes.

Fabric Shoes

Fabric shoes come in different forms like sneakers, sandals, pumps or flats. However, fabric shoes are prone to get dirty very easily. Cleaning fabric shoes by tossing them in a washing machine is very common now. This is not a plausible method because some shoes have leather lining and water is unfavourable to the shoes which are assembled using glue.

Instead, here are some steps to follow when cleaning your fabric shoes: remove surface oil by wiping down with a dry paper towel. Make a solution using one teaspoon of dishwashing gel in two cups of water. Using a toothbrush dipped in the solution scrub the fabric lightly. Make sure not to over-wet the fabric. Then, wipe the shoe with a paper towel with clean water to remove the residue. Finally, blot with a dry paper towel and air dry and avoid direct sunlight and heat.

However, this is not a method to be used on velvet shoes. You can brush with a mild-bristled brush to lift the pile and clean stains using a dry-cleaning solvent.

Leather, Faux Leather and Patent Leather Shoes

The process of cleaning leather and similar types is different. Make a solution using equal parts of cool water and distilled white vinegar. Then dip a cloth in that solution and wipe off any soil on the shoes. Let the shoes air dry completely.

You can use a commercial polish and follow directions to remove scuffs on real leather shoes. If you don’t have such polish, use a soft cloth and dip it in water mixed with a bit of baking soda, slightly rub on the scratched area, wipe the residue with a clean cloth and buff over with a clean cloth after drying completely.

When it comes to scratches on faux leather shoes and patent leather, you can use petroleum jelly to rub the marks and then buff with a soft cloth.


These can be either rope wedges or cork wedges. You will need a solution with four cups of water, one-fourth cup of distilled white vinegar and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Use a toothbrush or a cloth and work in small area at a time. Then use a wet cloth to wipe down the residue and let the wedges air dry.

Suede, Nubuck and Sheepskin Shoes

Clean with a soft-bristled brush after every wear in order to get rid of loose dust and soil. The surface of the shoes should be kept as dry as possible and treat stains as soon as possible.  Marks and scuffs can be cleaned by gently rubbing with a pencil erasure. To remove wet stains, blot with a paper towel or a cloth to absorb moisture. For oil stains, you can sprinkle baby powder or corn-starch to absorb oil. Apart from these methods you can use a suede shoe cleaner which will help make your worn-out suede shoes look brand new.

Regularly wipe the inside of the sheepskin boots with a cloth dipped in a solution of water and disinfecting cleaner. Let the boots air dry for at least 24 hours before wearing them again.

Athletic Shoes

Tennis shoes and athletic shoes can be simply tossed in the washing machine using a detergent. Before that, remove inner soles and laces. Wash the laces separately and wipe the inner soles with a disinfectant cleaner. Use a stain remover to get rid of any heavy stains. Make sure to air dry athletic shoes at all times.

Make sure you use the right cleaning process with each type of shoes so that they will look better and feel better.

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