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How to Clean Your Shoes with the Right Brushes

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Ever wonder how to care for your Reshoevn8r brushes? Or maybe you just don't know why it is actually necessary to use all 3 Reshoevn8r brushes? Keep reading to get all your brush questions answered...

Why do you need 3 brushes?

Reshoevn8r is unique in our cleaning method as we provide 3 brushes in most of our cleaning kits. These brushes are the Soft, Medium (or All- Purpose) and Stiff Brushes. Each brush works optimally for a different material. The Soft Brush is ideal for suede or knitted materials. The Medium and All – Purpose Brush is great for tougher materials such as leather or canvas. Lastly, the Stiff Brush works best for soles. Using all 3 together will give you the ultimate clean!

 

How to store brushes?

To increase the longevity of your Reshoevn8r brushes we recommend letting them dry bristles down on a flat surface, such as a counter top. This allows all the soap and water to drain out of the wood preventing mold and cracking from occurring. In addition, after using the brushes, we recommend rinsing them thoroughly to remove any soap residue.

 

When do you need to replace your brushes?

If stored and cared for properly your Reshoevn8r brushes can last you for many cleans to come. Our rule of thumb in regard to replacing brushes, is typically when you start to visibly see the bristles on the brushes fray you can replace them.

 

What’s the best brush to restore your nap?

Restoring the nap (texture) of the suede after a cleaning is usually imperative. If you are working with a really delicate suede it is usually best to brush the suede using a dry All-Purpose Brush, combing in one direction. If that doesn’t work and the suede is still tough you can move to using the Brass Brush. We would only recommend moving to this method if the suede is a rough texture to begin with. Again, combing in only one direction.

 

What’s the best brush for your soles?

We recommend using the Stiff Brush first on soles. However, if the soles have a lot of wear and tear or grime stuck deep inside the grooves of the soles you can move onto the Brass Brush. This step is only really recommended on white soles and to use with caution. Also, the Brass Brush can be helpful when cleaning a rubber toe cap area near leather because the brush can be controlled easier which helps the cleaner avoid scrubbing and damaging the leather.

 

When do you need to dry brush a shoe?

If you are working with a shoe that has caked in mud, then you should begin by brushing the shoe using a dry Soft or All-Purpose Brush to remove loose dirt. This step is important, so you aren’t resaturating the dirt and creating wet mud again.

 

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains

Posted by Erin Shoffer on

After one tragic Halloween candy incident, we thought our chocolate stained sneakers were forever ruined. However, with only a few steps we were able to get the shoes looking fresh once more. Here is how we did it:

How to Remove Chocolate from Leather – Stan Smith’s 

  • Let the chocolate cool and harden.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains on Leather Stan Smith's

  • Use a wipe remove the chocolate. 

How to Remove Chocolate Stains on Leather Stan Smith's

...and clean!

How to Remove Chocolate Stains on Leather Stan Smith's

 

How to Remove Chocolate from Canvas – Vans

  • Freeze the shoe for 10 minutes, letting the chocolate harden.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains on Canvas Vans

  • Using a dry brush, sweep off excess chocolate.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains on Canvas Vans

  • Once most of the chocolate has been removed. Clean the entire shoe with a clean brush and a water/ solution mixture. (We recommend this all-natural cleaner.)

How to Remove Chocolate Stains on Canvas Vans

  • Let air dry.

*Depending on the chocolate, there may be some oily residue left behind, that you can see once the shoe is dry. The best way to clean oil is to use oil, however ammonia and typical cleaners are too harsh and will discolor your shoes.

  • Using a dye and alcohol-free laundry detergent made with all-natural oils, place the shoes into a laundry bag. Insert the shoes and detergent in the washing basin and set on a normal cycle with cold water.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains on Canvas Vans

  • Let air dry.
  • If oil still appears, clean the shoe with a water/ detergent mixture in a bowl and a brush. Let dry and repeat until stain is gone.

How to Removed Chocolate Stains from Canvas Vans

So next time your melted Hershey bar falls on your shoes, don’t panic! Grab your Reshoevn8r and get to work!

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How to Clean Colored Suede

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Don’t let the color of your suede discourage you from getting your sneakers clean! Clean even the most vibrant suede shoes with a quick and easy process.

How to Clean Colored SuedeRemove the laces and set aside to clean later. Take a shoe tree and insert in the sneaker. This will gives a better surface to apply more pressure during the cleaning.

How to Clean Colored SuedeNext, using an all-natural, dye free cleaner, add a small amount to a bowl filled with water. (Many shoe cleaners on the market are known to stain shoes due to dye or chemicals, we recommend using this sneaker cleaner.)

How to Clean Colored Suede

In order to mix the solution, take a delicate brush (it is important to use a brush with soft bristles on the colored suede) and lightly stir the solution using the bristles. 

Once mixed, apply the solution to the suede sneaker using the soft brush in circular motions over the entire uppers. When applying, shake off excess water to reduce bleed. 

How to Clean Colored Suede Then using the medium brush repeat cleaning some tougher spots on the suede, using gentle strokes.

How to Clean Colored Suede

Moving onto the soles, it is important to clean them with a very stiff brush. The soles are likely to have the most dirt and grime, and the stiffer bristles can remove dirt the best.

How to Clean Colored Suede

Additionally, using a microfiber towel dipped in the solution mixture, you can buff out some marks on the midsoles. 

How to Clean Colored Suede

Lastly, using a microfiber towel, pat the entire shoe down, and let air dry. 

The final step is to take the shoe laces that you set aside and dunk them in the remaining solution mixture and lather by rubbing them in between your hands. 

How to Clean Colored Suede 

Bonus step: If after the shoes dry they look faded or rough, return them to their original state with mink oil and a dry medium brush.

How to Clean Colored Suede 

Check out the full video here: 

 

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How to Clean Shoe Laces

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Laces are often the most overlooked part of the shoe. They can be frequently forgotten or disregarded during cleaning.  Whatever you do, don't put dirty laces on a clean shoe.  With a few easy steps they are the fastest way to turn your sneakers from a 1 to a 10.

How to Clean Shoe Laces

 

Flat Lace – Stained with colored powder

  • Step 1: Combine water and solution (dye and alcohol free is the best way to go for white laces) into a bowl. Dip laces a few times to lather.

How to Clean Laces

  • Step 2: Rub laces back and forth with hands to remove stains.

How to Clean Shoe Laces

  • Step 3: If necessary, apply more solution to the laces using a soft bristled brush, moving in a fluid top to bottom motion to get deeper into the fibers.

How to Clean Shoe Laces

How to Clean Shoe Laces

How to Clean Shoe Laces

 

Lettered Laces – Off-White Laces

  • Step 1: To protect the lettering on the laces, loosely tie off around the print.

How to Clean Shoe Laces

  • Step 2: Combine water and solution into a bowl. Dip laces a few times to lather.
  • Step 3: Using caution surrounding the letters, rub laces back and forth with hands until clean.
  • Step 4: Dry laces with microfiber towel, using minimal pressure near printed areas.

How to Clean Shoe Laces

 

Rope Lace – Stained with mud

  • Step 1: Combine water and solution into a bowl, detergent may be needed for an extra whitening boost. Dip laces into mixture to flush out dirt.
  • Step 2: Rub laces back and forth in hands to scrub.
  • Step 3: For extra whitening power, it may be necessary to add laundry detergent to the water mixture. This works well to remove stains caused by fabric bleed around lace loops or deep dirt marks. 

How to Clean Shoe Laces

  • Step 4: Dry laces with microfiber towel.

How to Clean Shoe Laces

Clean shoe laces confidently no matter what style. When you are cleaning colored laces, there may be some color bleed in the water, this is normal. If the water becomes discolored due to dye or dirt it may be necessary to change out the water. Keep your sneakers fresh from aglet to aglet.

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How to Clean Vans

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Everyone has a pair of Vans and keeping them clean can be a challenge to everyone from sneakerheads, to kids, to moms. If you have been caught looking at your canvas shoes thinking, “How do I clean these?” you are not alone. With only a few quick steps your Vans will be sparkling again in no time. 

Remove the laces and set aside to clean later. Then insert a shoe tree into the sneaker. This will provide a better surface to apply more pressure while cleaning your shoes.

How to Clean Vans 

Using an all-natural, dye free cleaner, add a small amount to a bowl filled with water. (Many shoe cleaners on the market are known to stain shoes due to dye or chemicals, we recommend using this sneaker cleaner.)

In order to mix the solution, take a delicate brush and lightly stir the solution using the bristles.

Once mixed, apply the solution to the Vans using the soft brush in circular motions over the entire uppers.

 How to Clean Vans

After using the delicate brush to lather the entire upper of the shoe. Go back over the uppers using a brush with slightly stiffer bristles (we prefer this medium bristle brush) and hit the entire shoe if needed. Using the stiffer bristles helps loosen some dirt that the soft brush couldn’t get. Also, with the medium brush you can scrub the midsoles in a back and forth motion to removed dirt trapped in the rubber cracks.

Once the entire upper has been cleaned, move onto the soles, cleaning them with a very stiff brush. The soles are likely to have the most dirt and grime, and when that gets trapped in the Van’s deep grooves, use a brush that has tough bristles.

 How to Clean Vans

The final step of the pretreat is to take the shoe laces that you set aside and dunk them in the remaining solution mixture and lather by rubbing them in between your hands, then placing them into the laundry bag.

After the shoe has been pretreated, use a microfiber towel and pat the entire shoe down to see if you missed any spots. If not, place the Vans into a laundry bag (we recommend soles together facing opposite directions), and then put in the washing machine with alcohol and dye free detergent and cold water on a normal setting. This step is important for canvas sneakers due to their tight fabric, where dirt can easily get trapped, the washing machine is the only way to fully clean them.

Remove the shoes from the wash and examine to ensure an ideal clean. If the sneakers are up to your standards you can then set them to air dry in a well-ventilated room or outside.

How to Clean Vans

To read about how to clean Converse click here! 

Watch the Full Video here! 

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