The rainy season is upon us once again. It’s a season that many people dread, especially sneakerheads.
Mud, grime, and potential water damage are threats your sneakers face in the rainy season, so it definitely pays to be ready for anything.
Here are some cleaning methods you can use for the different types of sneakers you have with materials you can easily find at home.
adidas NMD R1 (Original Price: P 7,500; SALE Price: P 4,500)
Nylon mesh is often used on runners because of its breathability, but it often catches a lot of dirt and dust whenever you use them. To get rid of this, try using a dry brush to remove any excess dirt. You can then apply a solution that’s one part baking soda and one part vinegar on the area you want to clean. Let it sit on the dirty spot for about 15 minutes. Gently scrub the area for a good minute or two, then wipe it clean with a soft damp cloth. Let the shoe air dry.
A brush is the easiest and most effective way to clean running shoes in general. The bristles are gentle enough so that it won’t damage the fabric, but they’re also sturdy enough to scrape off dirt that’s stuck there. You can find brushes specifically made for cleaning sneakers like the ones that come with the Crep and Clyde shoe cleaning kits. But if you don’t have one already, an old toothbrush will do the trick.
Nike Joyride Run Flyknit (Original Price: P 8,545; SALE Price: P 5,127)
Knitted uppers are soft and pliable, which makes them more fragile than the other fabrics so it’s important to be as gentle as you can in cleaning them. Brushing can be a little too rough for knitted uppers. To clean such a delicate material, we recommend using a soft cloth. This approach will take a little bit of elbow grease, but it’s an effective way to clean your shoe and protect the knit of the shoe.
Get some water and mix it with bath soap. Soak a cloth in the solution and scrub the dirty area of the shoe. Once the stains are gone, wipe off any remaining soap with a wet towel and let the shoe air dry.
New Balance 373 (Price: P 3,295)
Suede/Nubuck is definitely a delicate material, especially when it comes to sneakers. It definitely requires some extra care.
Start the process off by making a cleaning solution that’s one part dishwashing liquid and two parts water. For cleaning instrument, a horsehair brush is recommended but if you don’t have one, an old toothbrush will do.
Dip the brush in the shoe cleaning solution and shake off any excess water. Gently brush the stained area/s of the sneaker until clean. Wipe the area off with a dry cloth to remove excess suds. Let the shoe air dry and you’re good to go.
If you’re willing to splurge on some sneaker cleaning products, getting a shoe cleaning kit from either or Clyde is a definite no-brainer.
BUT if you want to go the extra mile to keep the rain off of your sneakers, you have to use a waterproof spray.
A waterproof spray is a formula is designed to protect athletic and performance materials from water and dirt damage so they last longer and you can perform better in them. The formula often uses fluoropolymer waterproofing technology to keep your feet and sneakers fresh and dry.
Crep Protect (P 995.00)
Have you tried any of the methods mentioned above? How well did they work for you? Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments below!
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