Oh no! My gorgeous white trainers have a horrible mud stain on them! And now how do I clean them without damaging them?
The good weather is here, so it is the best time to show off some good White shoes. They are comfortable to go outside in summer, and they dazzle in the sun. But Murphy’s Law tells us that sooner rather than later, they will end up with a hateful stain that will completely ruin them. What can we do?
Many people use detergent or put them directly into the washing machine, but they are abrasive methods and depending on their composition, you can spread the stain instead of removing it, wear down the color, and even dissolve the soles in the washing machine …
Our colleague Sandra Viñas, from Business Insider, has collected some very effective home tricks to clean white sneakers without damaging them. They are very easy and cheap to apply, and they will return the nuclear target to your footwear. Give them a try!
First of all yes the shoe is made of fabric (cotton or canvas) and does not have any embellishment of other material, yes you can use the washing machine, but only at a temperature not higher than 30 degrees Celsius, without spinning and without putting in the dryer.
If you still do not risk putting them in the washing machine, or the stain has not been removed, luckily you can resort to other solutions.
The most basic option is use a lemon. It is cut in half, rubbed over the stain, and rubbed with a toothbrush. This works for the lightest stains.
Many people too remove stains from white sneakers mixing equal parts baking soda, vinegar and water, and rubbing the stain gently with a toothbrush.
Another very effective foolproof trick is to use warm water with Marseille soap, since it is a mild soap that respects the materials.
If the shoes have a very delicate fabric and you are afraid to rub, you can try a dry solution, such as coarse salt. Buy coarse salt at the supermarket or on amazon, wet the stain a little with water and cover it liberally with the coarse salt. It will absorb dirt. You can even try without wetting the stain, but it is less effective.
If none of these solutions work, you have to start worrying. There is no choice but use detergent, which is usually more abrasive than the previous solutions, and can damage the shoe a bit.
Try first with dish detergent, which is softer than clothing. Wet the shoe, pour a little and rub carefully.
Hopefully, your white trainers will look great without damage.