My teenage son was so excited when his new white leather sneakers arrived, and his first question was, "How do I clean leather shoes? I want them always to look this white!"
Leather is one of the best shoe materials available, known for its durability and flexibility, as long as it is properly maintained.
The first step is the most important - protect them from stains before you wear them.
And this is true whether the shoes in question are sneakers, pumps or boots. And once primed for wear, here's how to clean leather shoes.
Use a tarp or newspaper to protect your floor or other surfaces during the process of cleaning leather.
To make cleaning easier, remove the shoelaces so they won't be blocking parts of the surface of your shoes.
If your laces could use a good cleaning too, you can wash them in a container with warm water and laundry detergent.
Apply either the water and vinegar solution, or create a stain-solution of water and mild dishwashing detergent.
Create a rich lather using as little water as possible. Lather on both shoes using a damp paper towel or cloth.
Use a soft, slightly damp cloth to remove the excess soap from the shoes before conditioning and to dry them.
For more resistant marks, dab with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol, then wipe with an absorbent cloth.
To clean white leather sneakers, make a paste of three tablespoons baking soda and two tablespoons of water, and use a toothbrush to scrub the shoes clean.Then, for rubber soles and sides, clean them with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Now that my son has learned how to clean his shoes, he's kept his white leather Adidas sneakers looking pristine. We should all be so diligent with our shoe cleaning routine!Apply the leather protectant - we recommend Kiwi Protect All Rain and Stain Repellant, while your leather shoes are still damp. Gently rub the conditioner on your shoes; now allow the shoes to air dry.