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A Guide to Women's Shoe Care & Cleaning
It's important that once you've invested in a pair of women's shoes you look after them properly, this will prolong
the life of your shoes and ultimately save you money.
Small tricks can make the world of difference to the life of your shoes, from looking after them when you first get them, to how you store them can all add a good amount of time to how long your shoes willl ast you.
Canvas is a fabric, which in some respects makes cleaning canvas shoes easier than cleaning leather or suede.
There are a number of different way to go about cleaning your canvas shoes and they all use things that you'll
probably have around your house.
You may be able to machine wash them, check the label before putting them in the washing machine though. If you do wash
them in your washing machine, add a few towels to the wash. This will reduce noisy banging whilst they spin.
To clean dirt marks off them without running them through the wash, it's possible to use baking soda, washing up
liquid or washing powder.
Washing Up Liquid
You can use washing up liquid by putting a blob of washing up liquid into a small amount of warm water and mixing until
the water is foamy. Use a toothbrush in circular motion to scrub any stains of the canvas and leave to air dry.
Most trainers can be run through the washing machine, but again, check the label of your shoes just to make sure.
If they can't be washed in the machine, follow the steps above with washing powder or washing up liquid.
If your shoes get wet, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best.
It's important to dry your shoes properly to make sure you don't cause any damage or end up with misshapen
The best option is to let your shoes dry naturally, but if you want to speed up the process, stuff them with
tissue or newspaper to absorb the moisture. If you're using newspaper,
try to avoid sheets with lots of dark ink or pictures, this will help avoid the ink bleeding on to your shoes.
Check on them in an hour, and if necessary, remove the paper and replace it with fresh, dry pieces. Repeat this
process until your shoes have dried off.
It's important to keep them in a dry area, especially if they're made of suede or leather. If you have
space, keep them in the boxes or in dust bags as dust can accumulate and leave grey marks - especially on suede.
It's also very important to make sure that your shoes are clean before you put them away for storage -
the longer you leave dirt the harder it is to get out.
It's a good idea to store your shoes by type and season - it will save time if your summer shoes are at
the front of your storage space when it's summer, the same for Winter, Spring and Autumn.
The best place to store your shoes is somewhere cool and dry - make sure they won't get too hot during the
summer or freezing cold during the Winter. The fluctuations in temperature will make the fibres of leather and
suede break down, and it's not ideal for any trimmings that may be made of plastic either.
When you've found a place to keep your shoes and you've made sure they are clean, there are things you can do
to make them even more protected whilst they aren't being worn.
Make sure you stuff the toe end of your shoes with balled paper - ensure its acid free as well, just to be on the safe
side. Avoid using newspaper as it could colour stain your shoes. Cut up toilet rolls also work well!! Avoid storing suede
or leather in plastic, airtight bags… the material needs to breathe or it will become mouldy.
Before you throw away on pair of tired shoes, there are many repairs and fixes you might want to consider.
You can re-heel stilettoes when they get to that inevitable stage of the caps falling off, and you can re-
sole a good quality pair of shoes. If the inner sole of your shoes has slipped due to heavy wear, these can be
replaced, as can laces and zips.
You'll find shops and chains that can mend all types of shoes and boots on every high street and it might not cost as
much as much as you think to get things repaired or replaced.
Re-heeling stilettos can cost as little as around £7-8 from well-known high street brands, this can
give new life to a pair of shoes you love, so it-s well worth taking the time to drop them off with a cobbler.
You can even have a go at trying to re-heel your own stilettos, which will cost you just the heel tip. These can be
picked up online for less than £2.