Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 20 of 20

Thread: What do you use to keep tennis shoes clean?

  1. #1
    2wheelwoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    879
    I have a nice new expensive pair of shoes to accomodate a problem with my foot. I wear them everywhere, so I'd like to keep them nice. I don't want to put them in the washer, but would prefer a spray-on wipe-off product. Do any of you know what would work, and do you have any favorite methods or products?

  2. #2
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,258
    What are they made of?

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Mid Tennessee
    Posts
    800
    i put our sneakers in the washer machine, Air dry.

  4. #4
    Junior Member mochasue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Central California
    Posts
    295
    Use the "Awesome" cleaner that everyone has been talking about! You get it at the Dollar store!

  5. #5
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,021
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use Magic Erasers on leather tennis shoes and on the toe caps of "retro" Converse high tops.

  6. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Forest Grove,OR
    Posts
    6,572
    Blog Entries
    1
    you could call your local shoe store, and ask them. God bless. Penny

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    MS
    Posts
    3,486
    Blog Entries
    2
    You might practice with an older pair of shoes to get the hang of it before you do your new ones.
    Take them to the sink with an old toothbrush or fingernail brush. Start with a soft bristle brush, go to a hard bristle later if you need to.
    Use any liquid soap. With your sink sprayer get the shoe wet (we are just talking outside, not inside.). Put the liquid soap on the shoe and rub with the brush. You might start with just a cloth on the shoe but use the brush on the sole and band between the shoe and the sole.
    Scrub a bit, rinse, scrub, rinse. The soap will continue to loosen the dirt and you rinse it away. Don't scrub hard at all on the shoe, it can go to deep into the shoe. I wear white reeboks.

  8. #8
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,081
    Blog Entries
    1
    Most shoe stores carry cleaners/conditioner for leather shoes.

  9. #9
    Super Member sunflower126's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    960
    Generally I put mine in the washer and let air dry. If they have fabric on them I use a bit of Spray N Wash. They come looking like new. When I worked in a Drs office I used to use bathroom cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles and then white shoe polish. The polish was from a shoe store and rather expensive but did the job. I like the washer because it gets rid of any odor from sweaty feet.

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    3,258
    Spray starch. Spray shoes until completely wet with starch. Let dry. Do this after each wash and the shoes are dry.
    Dirt will come out along with the starch when washed.
    Air drying leaves shoes with a clean smell.

  11. #11
    2wheelwoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    879
    Thanks for all the suggestions!

  12. #12
    Super Member Lisanne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    East Coast
    Posts
    2,214
    GREAT question, and awesome answers! I'll be trying out all these suggestions myself.

    My problem is more with the odor inside. I find Dr. Scholl's odor eater spray works well but causes the insoles to shrink. Baking soda makes my feet peel and doesn't get all the odor. Anyone have good tips or advice for this?

  13. #13
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,349
    All great tips, but one of the best things my mother taught me (she was in the fashion/shoe retail business) was to never wear the same shoe two days running. I know it's a pain when you have a favourite pair, but it does help them last longer, is better for your feet and they will not get so sweat soaked that they smell (our feet put out more sweat than you would think).

    Lisanne, you don't say what kind of shoes you are talking about, but if you pour baking soda with a few drops of lavendar oil in an old sock and stuff that in the shoe after you have wiped it out with a very dilute vinegar and water solution and dried thoroughly that should work.

  14. #14
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,349
    Sorry (hate spelling mistakes) LAVENDER.

  15. #15
    Super Member clem55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lexington,Kentucky
    Posts
    6,199
    Blog Entries
    6
    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    Sorry (hate spelling mistakes) LAVENDER.
    Oh my, I hope you don"t read my posts!! I never think to check for spelling and punctuation before hitting send, and can't believe how many mistakes I make. My fingers and brain work at different speeds.LOL

  16. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    MS
    Posts
    3,486
    Blog Entries
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    Sorry (hate spelling mistakes) LAVENDER.
    Oh my, I hope you don"t read my posts!! I never think to check for spelling and punctuation before hitting send, and can't believe how many mistakes I make. My fingers and brain work at different speeds.LOL
    :thumbup: Don't worry about it. If we don't get the general jest of it we will ask questions. When I notice mine I spell check them just because I am getting older and want to keep my mind sharp as long as I can. I give myself room for senior moments so when you see me mis-spell a word please just ignore it. :oops:

  17. #17
    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Whitewater, WI
    Posts
    26,040
    I was going to say, dont wear the same shoes two days in a row either!

  18. #18
    Lisa T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Menominee, Michigan
    Posts
    918
    My grandma used to put wax on her shoes. I believe it was the same kind you use on a car. She did this on the leather parts when she first got the shoe. It wouldn't work if the shoe was already dirty.

  19. #19
    Super Member carrieg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    S.W. Michigan
    Posts
    1,209
    For smelly shoes, try using deodorant on your feet. I don't know from personal experience, but heard that it can help.

    These are all good tips about tennies! I tend to get the toes dirty first. Must be the way I walk.

  20. #20
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,657
    Blog Entries
    194
    great suggestions, thanks to everyone

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.