It’s every sneakerhead’s dream to make their sneakers last forever. Although this might not be possible, you can surely extend their life by following the right sneaker care practices. You’ve invested so much in collecting all your precious gems, it’s time you invest a little effort to take care of them. Here are some of the most common sneaker care mistakes you’re making and how to avoid them.
Not Using Water and Stain Repellant
No matter if your sneaker upper is nubuck or suede, water and stain repellant will work on all. It’s great for keeping your shoes protected from water and dust particles. It won’t just help to keep it clean but will also help protect the material. Accumulation of dust and water particles on the shoes can damage the material’s integrity. It’s, therefore, crucial to apply these water and stain repellants to keep your shoes protected. Spray the shoes with these repellants, leave them overnight and repeat as needed.
Not Using Shoe Trees
Although shoe trees might sound a little excessive for sneakers, just remind yourself how much these sneakers cost. Also, no matter if it’s dress shoes or trainers, the principles to extend the life span of your footwear are the same. For shoe trees, you can either go for plastic or cedar. They’ll help prevent the creasing and cracking of leather and make your shoes look brand new for longer.
Don’t Store them in a Pile
If you store your shoes in a pile one above the other, you need to stop that right now. Use your shoe boxes to store your sneakers. Also, make sure not to chuck them all together in a single cupboard. This can cause creases. It’s best to store them in their shoeboxes, if that’s not possible just make sure each one of them has enough space.
Ignoring Your Laces
Ignoring your laces can cause staining in the area around the eyelets and the tongue. Laces can get dirty pretty easily. Make sure to wash your shoelaces regularly. Leaving them unwashed can make your shoe look dull and get dirty. Remove your laces and wash them with soapy water regularly. Washing your laces can instantly make your shoes look better.
Not Cleaning them Regularly
Make sure to clean your shoes regularly. Letting the stain sit on your sneakers will make them harder to remove later. Make sure to clean the stain as soon as you notice it. Wipe them all at least once a week so that they look crisp and new for longer.
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