A well-maintained pair of shoes can make the walk a memorable and happy one. Maintaining your shoes should start from the time you purchase a pair. If you haven’t done it yet, it is still not too late to do so. Cleaning depends on the type of fabric and material your shoes are made of and below are just some ways to clean and maintain them.
Leather is expensive. To prolong your leather, always keep it clean. Use a dry cloth to wipe the dirt and debris before using leather cleaner to totally clean the material. It is important that you do not get the leather too wet as it would destroy the quality. If you get the leather wet, dry it by putting old newspapers inside the shoes to absorb the moisture. If your leather looks dull, you can use a leather conditioner to bring back the shine. Remember also not to put it in direct heat as this would dry it out and make the material brittle and cause it to crack. Unfinished leather should be allow to air dry and to maintain its quality, use a mink oil to preserve and maintain the material.
Suede will make you look good but is quite a nightmare when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. To protect it from water damage, spray the item with a protectant before wearing it. As suede is delicate, store shoes in places where they can breathe and away from any damp conditions that can cause molds and mildews. Scuff marks can easily be removed by using a specialized brush or even an eraser which is widely available from any shoe store. If your shoes get wet, use a clean towel or newspaper to absorb the moisture. As with leather, have it dry naturally and brush it once completely dry to restore its original look.
Canvas sneakers are easier to clean and would only require you to use every day cleaning items. To remove dirt and mud from the shoes, simply wait for them to dry out. Once completely dried up, remove the dirt with a brush. Use warm water and some detergent to clean the remaining stain(s). Afterwards, place a clean towel to absorb the moisture and hang to dry.
Some shoes have mesh fabrics on them and although it might look hard to clean, it is really easy. Simply clean the surrounding area first then clean the mesh with soft soap and warm water. Air dry the shoes to remove excess water.