5 simple ways to keep your sneakers white

Tips to keep your new kicks looking — and smelling — as fresh as your briefs.

"Coat" your shoes
06 Jan 2016

"Coat" your shoes

Photo: ING Image

From the very start, it’s important to treat your new shoes with a stain and water repellent. Using a spray like Scotchgard to protect the fabric 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.

Do not bleach
Do not bleach
06 Jan 2016

Do not bleach

Photo: Asics Gel Lyte III

While cleaning white laces with bleach might work, bleach damages the fibres in the fabric causing your laces to look and feel different as time passes. Instead, soak them in a much milder combination of water and detergent, which also works great for coloured laces, too.

Do spot cleaning
Do spot cleaning
06 Jan 2016

Do spot cleaning

Photo: Converse Jack Purcell

It might be tempting to just throw your shoes into the washing machine, but that could tear and further discolour them, which will turn you into a blubbering mess of regret. Use a cleaning agent and shoe-cleaning brush or even a toothbrush to gently scrub out blemishes or stains instead

Use baby wipes
Use baby wipes
06 Jan 2016

Use baby wipes

Photo: New Balance 996

Every time you get home, wipe your shoes down with alcohol-free baby wipes. This simple, handy 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

Keep your shoes indoors
Keep your shoes indoors
06 Jan 2016

Keep your shoes indoors

Photo: Nike Air Force One

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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