Here's How to Keep Your Men’s Sneakers White!

Have you recently purchased a pair of white Spendless New Zealand men's sneakers?


We bet some of the reasons you got them were because they looked good, added sophistication to everything, and looked pristine and fresh. White men's sneakers or running shoes are a timeless wardrobe staple in almost every shoe lover's collection because they work well with any outfit, even suits!


Now that you have them, are you excited to wear them or afraid to take them out of the box for fear you'll get them dirty?


Your concerns are valid! We've been there, as have all the members of the growing sneakerhead community.


You look out your window and notice grey slush and monster puddles everywhere, especially in New Zealand, where the weather is erratic and suddenly changes within the day. What would happen to your white, spotless shoes now?


You can occasionally dodge them, but you can't shield your shoes from scuffs, dirty laces, fading, and sole streaks forever. You must set aside time to clean and maintain your shoes, just like you would for anything of value to you.


We at Spendless New Zealand would like to help you maintain your white shoes, so we did the work of gathering tips for you. Read on for pointers!


Maintain Your Mens Sneakers Step By Step With Our Complete List of Tips


1. Protect from the Start


Use shoe protection on your white sneakers upon unboxing. Look for protectors in spray form that create an invisible coating that shields them from liquids, stains, and dirt. It should repel liquids and is safe to use on the material of your footwear. Constant reapplication every two weeks is a must!


2. Proper Storage


Whether white or not, keep all your shoes in shoe bags, boxes, or shoe closets if you have the budget. They become easy targets for the microscopic dust and dirt floating everywhere when you leave them lying around. If dust particles accumulate on the materials, especially knit, suede, and mesh, they can eventually change how your footwear will look. Yes, these tips also work on your favourite brands like Adidas men's sneakers


Moreover, store them away from direct sunlight if you want to keep them from having yellow-white rubber soles.


3. Brush Them Lightly


One common misconception is that brushing vigorously is better when cleaning shoes. However, doing that will loosen textiles and give your white shoes a worn-out appearance, especially for knit, mesh, and canvas footwear.


Instead, brush them quickly and lightly with a medium-bristle shoe brush. An old toothbrush will also work! This motion will allow cleaning agents to go deeper inside without harming the fabric.


4. Choose Your Cleaners Wisely


Water-based cleaners are safer for all materials and less damaging than those that use chemicals. For example, when used with lukewarm water, an all-purpose water-based cleanser should remove most stains from your white shoes. Alternatively, you can mix your cleaners when you don't have one handy at home, using ingredients like toothpaste, a dash of baking soda, lukewarm water, and a toothbrush.


5. Clean Your Laces Separately


We may have forgotten to mention it earlier, but when cleaning them, remove the laces and add them to your washing machine load. Alternatively, you can also hand wash them!


However, if the dirt is persistent, let the laces soak in a bowl of dish soap, baking soda, and a dash of bleach for a couple of minutes until you notice the dirt coming off. Rinse the laces in warm water and leave them to air dry.


Another trick, which is on the lazier side of dealing with dirty laces, is to replace them with new ones. Buying a pair of laces from Spendless New Zealand allows you to breathe new life into them, making them pristine again!


6. Magic Erasers Do the Trick


They don't call them magic erasers if they cannot perform magic, in this case, removing scuffs and dirt. Dip the eraser into a cup of water, then buff away any stains to remove black scuffs. Then use a damp cloth to clean the footwear. Avoid rubbing the eraser on coloured leather to avoid ruining the dye.


7. Toothpaste Can Whiten


Teeth are not the only things toothpaste can whiten. The same product that polishes and shines your teeth can make your shoes' stubborn outsoles sparkle.


Buy non-gel white toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide. Avoid using coloured toothpaste, as it may stain them. Instead, use an old toothbrush to scrub your soles, then wipe them clean with a moist cloth.


8. White Shoe Polish to Keep Them White


After completing all the steps, layer white shoe polish on your white running shoes with a cotton cloth. Then, work the polish into the leather and allow it to set for a few minutes before buffing them out.


Material-Specific Cleaning Tips


1. Canvas


Brush white canvas sneakers with cleanser and tepid water before leaving them outside to air dry. If you don't have access to a cleaner, make your own cleaning paste with baking soda and an equal mixture of half water and half hydrogen peroxide.


Apply the mixture to your shoes with a brush and leave them for four hours. The mixture will harden, so shake off any remaining lumps and remove the residue with a soft cloth or piece of paper.


2. Mesh


Mesh is a delicate material, so if you want to clean your white running shoes, don't use bleach. Instead, use a shoe cleaner or a small amount of mild dish soap diluted in warm water and gently scrub the shoes.


After doing this, wash the shoes in cold water. If discolouration persists, try spraying the area with white vinegar and allowing it to air dry for about an hour in the sun.


3. Leather


The toothpaste method we mentioned earlier works perfectly with white leather sneakers. The three main products you need are all household items: a toothbrush, toothpaste, and warm water. Remove any stains and grime with gentle scrubbing.


Dedication Is Necessary to Prevent Them from Getting Dirty!


We all love an excellent pair of white men's sneakers! Head to Spendless New Zealand to get your own! Once you've grabbed one, it's best to maintain its freshness by allotting time to clean it. We taught you all that you need to know!


Incidentally, these tips also work for brand names such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas Originals, Puma, Converse, Nike, Asics, New Balance, Vans, Reebok, and more. They work on all styles of white running shoes.


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