Sneakers in all colours and shapes are invading street fashion across major cities worldwide. Wherever you go, a classic pair of white kicks seem to reign supreme among trendy ladies. The problem with owning them is that they seem to be a magnet for stains and dirt collected on the streets regardless on how careful you avoid them. Helpling Singapore has turned to fashion experts, styleXstyle on how to keep your new kicks looking (and smelling) new.
#1 Treat your shoes
It’s important to treat your new shoes with a stain and water repellent. Using a protective spray like Scotchgard will keep your canvas and leather sneakers looking new for a long time. Sprays made for specific materials like suede or even leather are easily available.
#2 Use baby wipes
Every time you get home, wipe your shoes down with alcohol-free baby wipes. This simple treatment will maintain their sheen and target fresh stains that would be tougher to remove over time. Might be a tad tedious but hey, it’s cheap and efficient.
#3 Do not bleach
While cleaning white laces with bleach might work, bleach damages the fibres in the fabric. Instead, soak them in a much milder combination of water and detergent. This method works for coloured laces too.
#4 Do spot cleaning
It might be tempting to throw your shoes into the washing machine, but that could tear and further discolour them. Use a cleaning agent and shoe-cleaning brush (or even a toothbrush) to gently scrub out blemishes or stains instead.
#5 Keep your shoes indoors
The bane of sneaker-heads everywhere, yellowed rubber soles can be caused by direct sun damage. Avoid this by keeping your shoes indoors and out of the sunlight. You can also spot-clean the rubber in hard-to-reach areas with a brush, water and mild soap.
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