One of the most alluring things we love about white shoes is their stylish nature. They are a perfect fit for a fashionable individual. But besides every good thing, there is always a disadvantage. Because of their color, they can get easily stained.
Over time, your beloved white shoe can start getting small patches of yellow stains, which is considered normal for most types of white shoes. Thankfully, there is an effective way to remove those yellow stains that have always been their undoing
If you want to keep your white shoes (whether canvas, leather shoes, or sneakers) free from those yellow stains, there are effective ways to do it. The following is a detailed explanation of the best ways to get yellow stains out of white shoes.
How To Clean White Leather Shoes
The texture of leather makes it the easiest material to clean. It doesn’t get stained easily due to its slippery nature. Also, it does not soak in too much water like some other fabrics. Even when it gets stained, cleaning doesn’t require much.
Cleaning Your White Leather Shoes
Get The Materials Ready
Gather your materials, including magic erasers, cotton rags, Ivory soap, and paper towels.
Soak the paper towel and squeeze to remove excess water. Then, wipe the surface of the shoe carefully. Afterward, keep the shoe out or under the heat of the sun to dry.
Removing Yellow Stains
Soak up the magic eraser and squeeze out any excess water. Rub the eraser along the soles of the shoe until the stain and dirt are gone. Make sure the eraser is wet enough to soak up the dirt.
Next, soak a cotton shirt or rag and rub an Ivory soap to lather it. Move your hands with the rag in a gentle motion on the surface of the shoe until you are completely sure the yellow stain is gone. After massaging the shoe, wipe off any leftover lather and allow the shoe to dry.
Cleaning Up Yellow Stains From a White Canvass
White canvass can easily get stained because of the delicate material it has. This type of white shoe is usually more difficult to clean. But there is a way to wipe off the yellow patch on the canvass completely.
Get a mixture of warm water and detergent. A small quantity of detergent should be enough. But if the shoe is very dirty, you may have to mix up another batch when cleaning the second shoe.
- Add two cups of warm water into ¼ cup of shampoo
- Stir ¼ cup of window cleaner into 2 cups of warm water
- Pour 2 cups of warm water in another bowl and add ¼ cup of dish soap
- Pour clean water in another bowl for rinsing the shoes after cleaning
After mixing the solution, dip a brush or washcloth in the solution and massage carefully. If you are using a bristle brush, make sure the bristles are relatively soft. A hard bristle may peel off the surface of the white shoe.
Move-in a circular motion and divide the cleaning task into different segments on the shoe. Once you have successfully cleaned a section, deep the cloth again in the solution and continue in that motion on another segment. Keep this process until you have covered the entire shoe completely. You can also clean the inner side of the shoe with the same method.
Remember to rinse the first shoe before moving unto the second shoe. Otherwise, when you clean both of them before rinsing, the first shoe would start drying before getting to the rinsing part. And that may leave grey patches of lather you wouldn’t want.
Also, if the shoes come with laces, remember to remove them before washing the shoe. You can wash the laces first before the shoe or doing it the other way around.
But it’s better to wash the laces after cleaning the shoe. At least, it will give you time to effectively soak up dirt from the laces before washing.
When cleaning the lace, pour the same solution in a separate bowl and allow soaking while you clean the shoe. After cleaning, rub the laces to remove any difficult stains that couldn’t go away while they were in the solution. Then rinse in clean water.
Cleaning The Rubber Sole
If your canvass comes with a rubber sole, you may need to clean it separately because of grime and dirt. In this case, a cleaning cloth may not be strong enough. You can get a toothbrush, soak it in the solution, and scrub hard on the soles and stronger sections of the shoe. You can also use a sponge if you don’t have a toothbrush. Brush effectively until the yellow stains are gone. Then rinse in clean water.
When you have finished washing and brushing the shoe, the next step is to go over the shoe again and wipe off any left particles with a clean cloth. Afterward, keep in a ventilated place to dry.
From the above cleaning process, it’s obvious that getting rid of yellow stains from your white shoes isn’t too difficult after all. No matter the type of white shoes you have, there’s always a way to clean them. Getting rid of the messy yellow stains from the shoes is surely the best thing to happen to your favorite sneakers. So why not do it the right way. We have explained the best way possible so that your shoe remains in shape and color and will be cleaned properly.
Make sure you have the correct things and quality cleaning components with you to achieve the sparkling clean outlook fo your yellowed shoes.
And follow the step by step process without leaving shoes or treating shoes with harmful substances.
Once you have the required materials and follow the processes above, you are likely going to get your white shoe back to its original color.