Shoes are one of the first places that dirt and grime accumulate. And if you’re like most people, you probably don’t clean your shoes nearly as often as you should.
But did you know that the build-up of dirt and grime can actually damage your shoes and shorten their lifespan? That’s why it’s important to clean the inside of your shoes regularly.
But how do you do it? In this guide, we’ll show you how to clean the inside of your shoes so they look and feel like new again.
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How to Clean the Inside of a Shoe?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A soft bristled brush
- A mild soap or detergent
- A clean cloth
- A shoehorn (optional)
Step 1: Remove the laces
Before you start cleaning, you’ll want to remove the laces from your shoes. This will give you better access to the inside of the shoe and help prevent the laces from getting stained.
Step 2: Brush away the dirt
Once the laces are removed, use a soft bristled brush to remove any dirt or debris from the inside of the shoe. Be sure to pay special attention to the seams and creases where dirt tends to accumulate.
Step 3: Clean with soap and water
Now that the majority of the dirt has been removed, it’s time to clean the inside of your shoes with soap and water.
Start by wetting a clean cloth with warm water. Then add a small amount of mild soap or detergent to the cloth and rub it into the inside of the shoe.
Once the shoe is wet, use the brush to scrub away any remaining dirt.
Step 4: Rinse and dry
After you’ve scrubbed the inside of the shoe, rinse it with clean water to remove any soap residue. Then use a clean cloth to dry the inside of the shoe.
If possible, allow the shoe to air dry. If you’re in a hurry, you can use a hair dryer on the low setting to speed up the process.
Step 5: Repeat as needed
Cleaning the inside of your shoes is something you should do regularly. How often you need to clean them will depend on how often you wear them and what type of activities you do in them.
If you wear your shoes daily and do a lot of activities that involve sweating or getting them dirty, you may need to clean them once a week. But if you only wear them occasionally, you can probably get away with cleaning them once a month.
Step 6: Store them properly
Once your shoes are clean and dry, it’s important to store them properly to help prevent them from getting dirty again.
If you have more than one pair of shoes, store them in a shoe rack or cabinet so they’re not touching the ground. And if you only have one pair of shoes, store them on a shoe rack or in a shoe box with the laces removed.
By following these simple steps, you can keep the inside of your shoes clean and help them last longer.