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How to clean white trainers? 10 effective ways


White trainers are the hit of spring/summer styles. They go with almost all colours. You can combine them with both light and dark elements of your wardrobe. They are the basis of many outfits, not only casual ones! Women love to combine their favourite white trainers with elegant trousers and jackets, and even with formal dresses. However, these shoes have one disadvantage: they are very prone to getting dirty. If not properly cared for, they quickly lose their charm and become unfit for wear after just one season. How and how to clean white trainers? We know simple and effective ways!

Cleaning white trainers - a must!

Let's start with the fact that dirty shoes do not go with any style. Although a certain nonchalance when it comes to cuts, colours or prints is part of the casual style, dirty or yellowed shoes don't fit into any trend. Remember, your shoes are your business card! Whether you're going for an interview with a client or a weekend get-together with friends. That's why it's important to make sure they're in top condition. Although this applies to all types of footwear, regardless of cut or colour, light colours are among the most problematic. White or beige shoes, even slightly dirty, look unsightly. They can effectively "spoil" any, even the best-planned, styling.

Regular shoe cleaning is important for one more reason. It prolongs the life of your shoes. If you take care of the cleanliness of your shoes, you will wear your favourite women's trainers for more than one season. It's much cheaper and greener than buying new ones at the beginning of every season.

How to clean white trainers? Remember a few basic rules before you start!

Don't wait until your white trainers are completely grey! Try to regularly remove dirt from dust or mud. This way there is a greater chance that the cleaning will have the desired effect.
Never dry your shoes in the sun! Remember that drying shoes on a radiator is also bad for them. Leave wet shoes to dry on their own in a warm and dry place. You can put newspaper rolled into balls inside, which will "pull" the excess moisture out of your shoes.
Once the dirt has been removed, protect your shoes from the elements.
Pay attention to how you store your shoes during the autumn and winter season. Consider buying special bags to protect your white trainers from dust and mechanical damage.

Ways to clean white trainers

White trainers look best right after you buy them. They look so good that you feel like wearing them everywhere. Then, every time you walk the dog or take public transport, they lose their pristine whiteness and don't look as attractive anymore. What can you do to prevent this? Make them look as good again as the day you first put them on! Is it possible? You'll find that cleaning white trainers doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are many ways to restore your white trainers to their original glory. Many of them are based on cleaning products and accessories that can be found in almost every home.

1. Clean white trainers with baking soda

How to clean white trainers? Baking soda is irreplaceable not only in the kitchen! You can use it to clean all sorts of surfaces. It's perfect for freshening up white shoes. Dissolve two tablespoons of baking soda in a glass of water and apply to the surface of your shoes using a cloth or an old toothbrush. Set the shoes aside for 20-30 minutes and wipe them with a damp cloth to remove any remaining mixture.

2. Will toothpaste help clean white trainers?

Prepare: a toothbrush, a bowl of water and white toothpaste. Wet the toothbrush, apply the toothpaste and start rubbing gently on the soiled areas. This way you can clean both the upper and the sole.

3. cleaning trainers with bleach

As bleach is a very strong detergent, this method is only suitable for cleaning yellowed plastic soles. Prepare some ear buds or cotton wools. Apply a small amount of bleach to the soiled rubber and rub gently. Be careful not to get bleach on the upper.

4. Can a milk cleaner handle tough soles?

A white cleansing milk can be an alternative to bleach. Follow the same procedure as with bleach. This is a good way to remove dirt from a rubber sole.

5. Can white trainers be washed in the washing machine?

Very dirty shoes can be machine washed. But be careful not to repeat the process too often as the shoes could become unglued and lose their shape. How do I wash white trainers? Choose the right programme. Wash your shoes at a low temperature (max. 30 degrees Celsius) without spinning. Before putting them in the washing machine, take out the laces and clean them manually e.g. with the same powder you used for washing your shoes or with another gentle detergent. After washing, take the shoes out of the washing machine as soon as possible and let them dry on their own.

6. cleaning white trainers with baby powder

What else can you use to clean white trainers? Baby powder is a non-obvious shoe cleaner. Put two or three tablespoons of baby powder in a glass of water and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to soiled shoes (both uppers and soles) with a cloth or old toothbrush. Wipe off excess with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

7. Can dishwashing liquid remove tough dirt from shoes?

To clean white trainers, use a neutral-coloured washing-up liquid. Wet the fabric, put a few drops of the liquid on it and rub with a soft brush or sponge. Remove the foam with a damp cloth and let the shoes dry.

8. cleaning white trainers with grey soap

Grey soap is one of the safest detergents. Prepare a bowl of water and a soft brush. Wet the brush, apply the soap to it and rub gently until it foams up. You can clean both the upper and the sole this way.

9. cleaning white trainers with makeup remover

How to clean white trainers from yellow stains? Lightly soiled or yellowed soles can be cleaned with the makeup remover you use to remove makeup. You can also use it to clean the uppers if your shoes are made of eco-leather.

10. cleaning white trainers with specialised products

How can you clean white trainers if you're afraid that household methods might damage them? There are many professional shoe cleaners on the market in the form of liquid, paste or foam. Before you start cleaning your shoes, read the instructions for each product to make sure you're using it correctly. Also make sure which material and part of the shoe the product is designed for. You can find products for every type of shoe, from natural and eco-leather to textiles, in stationary and online shops.

How to clean white trainers from yellow stains?

The biggest nightmare for lovers of white shoes are unsightly yellow stains. Where do they come from? They can be the result of improper cleaning or drying. If they appear on your favourite trainers, it doesn't mean the shoes should just be thrown away. You can get rid of them with the home remedies outlined in the previous paragraphs.

How do I clean white leather trainers?

Natural leather is a material that needs proper care. Any traces of mud or salt should be removed as soon as possible. For new dirt, use a soft, damp cloth or mildly detergent-soaked wet wipes. For slightly older dirt, use professional shoe cleaners. But keep in mind that some stains may be difficult or impossible to remove.

White fabric trainers - how to clean them safely?

Wondering what your favourite fabric trainers will look like after cleaning? If you choose one of the methods mentioned above, they will probably regain their original shade quickly. To clean your fabric trainers, you can use professional cleaning products or home methods. One of the safest is wet cleaning with baking soda or grey soap. This is a suggestion for those who are afraid that their favourite shoes could be damaged after cleaning.

What NOT to use to clean white trainers?

Before you get down to cleaning your favourite white trainers, make sure you don't damage the material they are made of. Natural leather trainers need a slightly different treatment, eco-leather trainers need a different treatment and textile trainers need a different treatment. Regardless of what your shoes are made of, do not use sharp objects to clean them, such as brushes with hard bristles that could cause irreparable damage.

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