Some tips to make your shoes look new.
As someone who usually shuns white shoes because I’m both lazy and don’t know how to clean them properly, I was pretty excited to hear about the new Repair, Clean and Customize Center from shoes from Converse, Renew Labs Fitzroy.
The freshly opened space encourages people to bring in their old shoes to breathe new life into them rather than replacing them with a brand new pair once they start showing signs of wear and tear.
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Because, well, who among us doesn’t have a bunch of decrepit old shoes stashed in the invisible space for things too shabby to be seen in public but not far enough away to be hung up?
And we’ve all soaked a pair of sneakers in the sink or thrown them in the washing machine to completely ruin them. So, to help save our soles (forgive me), we asked Renew Labs Fitzroy director Josh Denniss for some tips on how to properly clean your Converse.
Renew Labs Fitzroy offers two cleaning options depending on the condition of your shoes. There’s a deep clean for tough stains and a quick clean for shoes that just need a refresh.
If you’re just doing a quick clean, you don’t want to use too much liquid, Josh tells us. Just wet a dry brush sparingly with clean water and scrub. This will move all the superficial marks and trapped dirt. Plus, you can do it at the last minute without worrying about drying time.
“Don’t put your dirty chucks in the washing machine, I’ve seen a lot of damaged sneakers in the wash,” Josh says. For a more thorough cleaning, you will need something stronger than water.
“We use an eco-friendly solution from Sneaker Lab, but a mild soap will do. Always do a little test on the fabric before you start. Along the seam or the edge of the tongue is perfect – just in case the soap you’re using reacts with the color of the canvas, ”he says.
The rubber part of the shoe can be a bit trickier. You may just need to put a little elbow grease on it, or for really tough marks you may need to bring in an oil-based cleanser for relief – Orange power works a charm and you can pick it up at the supermarket for under ten dollars.
Once you are done, pat dry with a microfiber towel and spray with protective spray. This will help keep them stain resistant and will add a little waterproofing action as well.
“Pouring a protective spray on your sneakers will also keep dirt and grime away and make cleaning easier next time,” says Josh.
Clean laces also make all the difference. If they’re too frayed or stained, you’re probably better off going for a new pair. Otherwise, a good soak should make them look nice and shiny.
“Cleaning your laces is the fastest and easiest way to make your sneakers look new,” says Josh. Make sure you let them dry completely before re-tying your shoes, otherwise you may end up with marks where they rub against the eyelets and tongue.
Speaking of eyelets, these tend to scuff, scratch, and fade over time, so it’s worth replacing if they look a little less wear-resistant. . You would be surprised at the impact that shiny new carnations can have. You can even change the color, please.
Finally, you’ll want to spray them with deodorant. We’re not saying your shoes stink (let’s face it, they probably do), but you wouldn’t skip deodorant after a shower, so give your shoes the same courtesy and give them a little spritz.
And if you’re lazy, pressed for time, or just prefer to leave it to the experts, take them to Renew Labs Fitzroy and the team there will do anything for you. They can even fix split soles and loose liner around the inner heels of your chucks, which are common issues with aging shoes. Awesome, isn’t it?
Learn more about Converse Renew Labs Fitzroy here.