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How to cleanup white shoes?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

I love white shoes, but it can get dirty easily after a round or so. How do you guys cleaning up and taking care of your shoes?

post #2 of 21

I use saddle soap.  Saddle soap isn't specific for white shoes, but obviously the before and after is the most dramatic on white.

post #3 of 21
I'm a white shoes man too! Great in the summer! But in winter you just have to clean them more often, I usually clean mine once a week, soft nail brush and water, get all the dirt off, then apply some whitener polish stuff I got for my trainers, keeps them looking bright! I was gonna try some clear dubbin or bees wax but I've never got round to it!
post #4 of 21
Toothpaste
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by vasaribm View Post
 

I use saddle soap.  Saddle soap isn't specific for white shoes, but obviously the before and after is the most dramatic on white.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Hardballs View Post

I'm a white shoes man too! Great in the summer! But in winter you just have to clean them more often, I usually clean mine once a week, soft nail brush and water, get all the dirt off, then apply some whitener polish stuff I got for my trainers, keeps them looking bright! I was gonna try some clear dubbin or bees wax but I've never got round to it!

 

Thanks for the tips. Will give it a try.

 

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Originally Posted by JCRuzanski View Post

Toothpaste

 

Is it safe? :D

post #6 of 21

Toothpaste is a mild abrasive. Coin collectors use it to clean coins safely. I've used it to polish my watch. I guess I'll try it on my white shoes.

post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by JCRuzanski View Post

Toothpaste
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Then Marvin asked:
 Is it safe? :D

 

Insightful personal hygiene point. Have a separate toothbrush for your shoes. Do not use the one you have for your teeth.

 

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Also, it you get nicks in the toes of your white shoes, fill in the nicks with liquid white-out. Then, if the shoes have leather or cloth uppers, you can try some white shoe polish - liquid brush-on looks the best, but paste polish would stretch out the water-proofing. 

 

post #8 of 21

Everything I buy can be tossed in the washer. I stuff them with newspaper after so the toes don't curl up.

post #9 of 21
My father, who was a correctional officer (retired now), said all the convicts used toothpaste to keep their shoes clean. I've used it on white shoes... does the trick nicely.
post #10 of 21
Can also use it on scratched CD's.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by JCRuzanski View Post

My father, who was a correctional officer (retired now), said all the convicts used toothpaste to keep their shoes clean. I've used it on white shoes... does the trick nicely.

 

To be fair, that was probably more out of a lack of alternatives than anything else.

post #12 of 21

 

I usually get them clean with regular soap. Perhaps not back to the original white, but it works.

post #13 of 21
fair point a1_smile.gif
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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

To be fair, that was probably more out of a lack of alternatives than anything else.
post #14 of 21

This is the reason I made the switch to black shoes.... I was so anal trying to keep my white ones white. I will never go back to white again.... I guess the saying is true, once you go black....

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Originally Posted by sigfan2340 View Post

This is the reason I made the switch to black shoes.... I was so anal trying to keep my white ones white. I will never go back to white again.... I guess the saying is true, once you go black....


 



That saying is true by the way, just ask my wife. But anyway if Im wearing my white shoes I try to clean them as soon as I can after my round. I only use soap and water and it seems to work ok enough. I'll look into this toothpaste thing.
post #16 of 21
I use a Mr. Clean magic eraser.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by big stoke View Post

I use a Mr. Clean magic eraser.

 

That's what I came in to say.


It is magic...it'll clean anything.

post #18 of 21

Saddle Soap, its made to clean leather, works good. Then you can apply some white shoe polish for touch up. 

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