You will probably want your favorite pair of rubber shoes to remain in pristine condition and last long. One way of achieving this is to ensure that they are kept clean at all times. A well-maintained pair of shoes will diligently serve you throughout its life span. Most rubber shoes are prone to getting dirty therefore a proper cleaning routine should be followed. While cleaning you will have to ensure that you are gentle and patient to avoid damaging the surface of your rubber shoes. Here is a step by step procedure on how to clean rubber shoes with baking soda.
Here is a list of items you will need to have first:
- Baking soda
- Lukewarm Water
- Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
- A small mixing bowl
- An old toothbrush
- An old cotton towel or paper towels
- Soft bristled brush
- A sponge
If your rubber shoes came with some cleaning instructions, it is advisable to first carefully read them. If you realize that they need professional cleaning methods, you should adhere to this. Appling a non-recommended concoction to your shoe could permanently ruin it and void its warranty if it has one. However, if your rubber shoes do not require any specialized cleaning methods you can continue with the steps listed below.
Cleaning your rubber shoes:
- Remove your shoelaces – It is much easier and much more effective to clean your shoes once the shoe laces have been removed. You can use the old toothbrush to remove loose dirt, dried mud, and grime. You can use a scrubbing motion for stubborn patches.
- Loosen dirt on shoes – You can use the soft bristled brush to brush of large chucks of dry mud and dirt.
- Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the mixing bowl and add 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to it. Mix the two ingredients well to form a thick paste. If the paste is too runny the mixture will run off after applying it to the rubber shoes.
- Coat the mixture onto the shoes by applying it lightly with a sponge or the cotton towel. Place the laces on the remaining mixture or make some more following the steps above if it has run out. Stir the laces in the mixture till they are well covered.
- Once you are satisfied with the application, place the shoes and laces in the sunlight to dry.
- After 3 to 4 hours you will notice that the mixture has dried and has begun cracking off.
- At this point, you can clap the shoes together to remove the dry mixture. Excess residue on the shoes and laces can be brushed off using the soft bristled brush. At this point, the rubber shoes and laces should be several shades lighter.
- You can now use a damp cloth and a bit of water to wipe the inside parts of the shoes. Afterwards, you will need to dry them again.
Drying your shoes and storing them:
To dry your rubber shoes, place them in an area where there is moderate heat. Avoid direct sunlight as the UV exposure may lead to fading and unwarranted discoloration. To fasten the drying process especially if water has gotten into the inside parts, place crumple-up some dry paper towels in them. The paper towels will absorb the extra moisture in the shoes and help them dry a lot faster. After the shoes are dry enough, store them in cool, dark place if you are not going to put them on immediately.
In conclusion, if you want to ensure that your rubber shoes serve you for as long as possible good maintenance is paramount. When creating your own shoe cleaner, be sure to use the correct measurements and proportions. If the concoction is too acidic, it could permanently damage the surface of your shoe or void its warranty. Also, before applying any homemade substances to your shoe it is advisable to do some research and read some reviews on how similar methods have worked out for other people.