White sneakers can be fashionable, but boy can they get dirty fast! Sometimes we may feel obliged to go out and buy brand new shoes when our current pair start looking drab and dire. Don’t start throwing cash around for new shoes quite yet though, as your old shoes may not truly need to be replaced! With a bit of effort, you can get your shoes looking good as new. Depending on the material, various methods are useful. However, do you know what the one sure-fire way to get your shoes clean is? Scheduling a shoe cleaning pick-up from Mr. Fresh Laundry Services and getting them professionally dry cleaned! If you are in Woodbridge and are ready to get your shoes cleaned the easy (and most reliable) way, give us a call today! We also offer free laundry pick-up and drop-off for any customers living within a ten mile radius of our business, located at the corner of Avenel St. and Rahway Ave. What is more, if this your first time using Mr. Fresh, you get an additional 20% off your order! Book your laundry pick up now!
This post will be broken down into specific approaches for cleaning this or that type of material. The cleaning strategy of course is going to depend largely on the type of stain on your shoes. Regular dirt and mud, for example, require a different treatment than wine or food stains. This post will focus on more common types of stains, however, like dirt and grass. Let’s get started!
As a general rule with all these methods, you want to start with more gentle methods and then work your way towards more and more intensive solutions. For leather shoes, the first thing to do is to wipe off dirt and other build-up with a cloth dipped in 1-part water and 1-part vinegar. This will be useful for removing things like winter salt stains. Simply wipe them down then allow them to air dry, and the salt stains should be gone. If your leather shoes have scuffs on them, a commercial leather polish will help your shoes achieve a new, even shine.
Most of us wear shoes that are made of one fabric or another. Fabric is extremely versatile and breathes well, but, just like any type of shoe, can get dirty quickly. You may read online that you should just throw your fabric shoes in the washer. However, that is not a good idea, as the shoes may have a leather lining and this could make it so the glue that is holding the lining to the shoe breaks down. Instead of putting them in the washer, wash your fabric shoes by hand. Just like with leather shoes, you will want to start by gently wiping down the fabric. Use a dry paper towel to start, and then move on to a mix of 1 teaspoon of dishwashing soaps with 2 cups of warm water to start removing stains. Don’t go crazy — start slow, use only a little bit of the solution, and go one section at a time. As you work with the grain of the fabric, make sure to evenly clean the shoe so that, if the color ends up being changed, it remains consistently the same color. Finally, wipe down the shoe with a wet paper towel or simply rinse the shoe in water, to remove the soap, then let it air dry. Don’t use this method on fabrics such as velvet, however, as they require special care. When it comes to sensitive fabrics like velvet, your best bet is to get the professionally dry cleaned. That way, you don’t end up ruining your favorite pair of shoes simply because of some regular-old stain.
The last type of shoe we will look at is one of the most common types of shoes we wear: athletic shoes. These shoes can see a lot of wear and tear, and quickly can become stained from an off-road jog or during a camping trip. Most athletic and tennis shoes can actually be thrown right into the washing machine and cleaned with heavy duty detergent. Just make sure to remove the inner sole and the laces beforehand, as well as apply stain remover before putting the shoes in with a load of towels (you don’t want those bouncing around causing damage to your washing machine!). Just like the other types of shoes, you always want to air dry them. If you put them in the dryer or in the sun to dry, they are apt to shrink.
At the end of the day, even athletic shoes can do with a careful and thorough washing. However, most of us don’t have the time to regularly wash our shoes ourselves. That’s why Mr. Fresh Cleaning Services offers dry cleaning services to the greater Woodbridge region. Just like it can be nice to go out to eat so you don’t have to cook at home (not to mention often getting a more delicious meal) so too can dry cleaning be a regular convenience in your life that frees you up to do less menial labor and more of the things that matter most to you. To that end, Mr. Fresh Laundry Services can get your shoes looking good as new with no hassle on your part. In fact, we can come to your house and pick up your laundry for you, then deliver them back to you when they are clean — all free of charge! Also, if you are a first time customer, you will get 20% off for your dry cleaning. We are proud to be Woodrbidge’s #1 solution for dry cleaning and other cleaning services. Learn more about what we offer!
This guide only went over the surface of what it takes to clean some of the most common types of shoes. For a better clean, you can rely on the deep cleaning knowledge of Mr. Fresh Cleaning Services in Woodbridge. We provide cleaning, conditioning, deodorizing, and sanitizing footwear cleaning services for all types of shoes. We clean your shoes with safe, material-appropriate cleaners. Then we condition them to help them uphold their integrity. Next we make sure they don’t smell, and lastly we sanitize them to remove any bacteria. Ready to get your shoes cleaned by your local professionals? Give Mr. Fresh Laundry Services a call or schedule your first delivery today!