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Cleaning white leather golf shoes

post #1 of 11
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Anyone have any solid tips/suggestions/war stories from trying to clean white leather on their spikes? I have two pairs of white adidas spikes, both of which are less than a half season old, but seem to attract dirt/stains like a magnet.  I try to keep them as clean as possible in between rounds/range but its a tough job to do quickly with the hose.

 

So how do you guys keep em pearly white?

post #2 of 11

Couple of 'old-school' ideas that should work:  1) bleach solution.  Probably 50/50 bleach and warm water solution should get a lot of the grime off and restore the white.  2) Go to auto parts store and look for Wesley's Tire White.  Comes in a spray pump plastic bottle.  We all used to use this stuff on car tires that had white-walls and raised white letters.  Spray on, wait a few minutes, scrub off with a nylon bristle brush.  Should whiten leather right up for you.

 

Last tip:  When you get them back to white, polish them with transparent shoe polish.  This will put a hard protective finish on the shoes that should resist grass and dirt stains.  Clean and polish them a couple times each season to keep them white longer.

 

Good luck and let us know how clean and new looking you can get those shoes.

 

dave

post #3 of 11

This is why I quit buying white shoes.   There is no way to keep white shoes looking nice.  Once they get dingy, there is no way to bring them completely back.    With black shoes, you can polish with black KIWI and buff them to a perfect brilliant shine with no problem. 

post #4 of 11

Somebody once recommended tooth paste. Never tried it but it may work being slightly abrasive.

post #5 of 11

I unlace them and put the shoes and laces in a pillow case. Then I put them on a cool wash in the washing machine and let them air dry afterward. For any stubborn marks I dip a damp toothbrush into washing powder and scrub the area before rinsing the soap off with water.

Probably not the ideal way to do it but it works for me ;)

post #6 of 11

White cream polish is the best I could find in terms of ease. I have one pair of white shoes, and my golf closet will remain that way for a while.

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Originally Posted by JPK1988 View Post
 

 

So how do you guys keep em pearly white?

 

dont play golf maybe ?

post #8 of 11
Mr. Clean magic eraser.
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dont play golf maybe ?

 

that's a constructive answer.  

 

 

 

the rest of them are all great suggestions though, will have to give them a shot

post #10 of 11

With leather, you have to be really careful what you use. A lot of household cleaners contain chemicals that can really dry out leather. I've found the best thing to use is saddle soap that I got at Bass Pro Shop. It's specifically made to clean leather, so not only will it get my shoes nice and clean, it won't ruin the leather over time. 

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Originally Posted by geauxforbroke View Post
 

With leather, you have to be really careful what you use. A lot of household cleaners contain chemicals that can really dry out leather. I've found the best thing to use is saddle soap that I got at Bass Pro Shop. It's specifically made to clean leather, so not only will it get my shoes nice and clean, it won't ruin the leather over time. 


This^^^^^^^ Also consider black next time around, I polish mine also and they stay new looking for a very long time.

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