How to save your white shoes (care for your white sneakers)

(Last Updated On: December 8, 2019)

Do you have a pair of white shoes in the closet? So, how white are they? White sneakers and shoes are very hip at the moment, but unfortunately they also quickly turn grey, yellow or downright dirty. It’s a great shame of course, but fortunately not the end of the world. Keeping white shoes white can be done in different ways. With the following ten tricks, keeping white shoes white is no longer an impossible task!

In order to keep your white shoes in optimal white shape, we collected more than ten handy tips. So you never have to panic again when your favorite white sneakers or shoes slowly start to lose their shine. We kick off with two preventive tricks and then present eight tricks that come in handy when your white shoes have visibly suffered under the pleasure of wearing them. As a bonus, we would like to point out a special video that also includes tips for getting and keeping white shoes white, and as an encore, we have two additional home-garden and kitchen tips. In short: our extensive box of tricks gets and keeps every shoe white!

Suede shoe with suede eraser
Two preventive keep them white tips
To ensure that you can enjoy your white shoes for as long as possible, it is important to keep your white shoes white. You can do this both preventively and after the shoes have become dirty.

Keeping white shoes white
You bought new white shoes. They are shining in the shoebox in a spotless way. To keep these shoes white, we have two tricks for you!

Trick 1: What’s not on it doesn’t have to come off.
Injecting white sneakers

Injecting white sneakers: of course you want to keep your new shoes white for as long as possible. Before putting them on, even for a short time, it is best to treat them with a water and dirt repellent spray. By spraying your shoes with this spray beforehand, a protective layer is created, where dirt and moisture can’t pass through. Moreover, dirt can easily be brushed off, which will keep your shoes white for longer. You can spray your shoes by putting your hand in your shoe and then apply a thin layer of spray from nose to heel. Hold the can approximately 20 centimetres away from the shoe and don’t be afraid to spray. The shoes may become a little damp, but this will dry up quickly.

Trick 2: Yellowed white soles
Santoni white sneakers 1

If you have shoes with white soles, you will notice over time that the soles turn yellowish. White rubber soles and sunlight are a horror story: the light makes the soles discolour and from white the soles go slowly to all kinds of shades of yellow. The solution now sounds simple: try to avoid contact with sunlight as much as possible. But not to walk on your white shoes at all if the sun shines even a bit, might go a little far. Luckily, there’s a happy medium… Keep your white shoes in a box or closet so that they don’t come into contact with sunlight when you’re not wearing them. This keeps discoloration to a minimum. Are the soles of your white shoes discoloured after all? Then use soft gum to remove the worst discolouration.

White shoes become white again
Even though you do your best and pay extra attention to where you walk when wearing white shoes…keeping white shoes white is almost impossible. Fortunately, there are also a number of handy tricks that will make it easy to get your not-so-white shoes white again.

Trick 3: White wine vinegar and fabric
Have you bought white fabric sneakers and, unfortunately, have they gotten dirty? Don’t worry! You can get your shoes white again in no time using water, soda and white wine vinegar. You read it right, with this first trick of getting white shoes again we use white wine vinegar and soda. You make a kind of porridge by mixing two parts soda and three parts white wine vinegar in a plastic or glass container. Then apply this with a clean brush over the stains on your shoes. Once you have rubbed the mixture well over the stains, you can rinse the shoes with cold water. As good as new and all white again! Tip: To make sure you don’t get any differences in colour, it’s best to first test this method on an inconspicuous piece of the shoe.

Trick 4: Washing with shampoo?
Mild shampoo

You are at a party shining with your brand new white shoes when you are offered a tasty snack. You take a bite with a water tooth, but unfortunately things go wrong. A drop of fat will fall on your shoes, creating an ugly grease stain. Of course you try to limit the damage as much as possible, but unfortunately you still see the stain. Do you have to throw away the shoes?

No! You can remove a grease stain from your white shoes using shampoo. Choose a mild shampoo that you also use to wash your hair with and rub this together with some warm water on the grease spot. Also for this method of keeping white shoes white, it is best to use a small, clean brush. Then rinse the shampoo out of the shoe with plenty of water.

Tip: Also for this way of getting your white shoes white again, it is best to test it on an inconspicuous piece of the shoe.

Trick 5: Greasiness
You can easily make your leather, white shoes white again with a remedy that we women almost all have in our bag as standard, namely vaseline. For best results, rub vaseline gently into your shoes with a soft cloth. You can do this by making rotating movements during rubbing in. Then let the vaseline soak in for a while. After a few hours you can remove the Vaseline again with a clean cloth. You will see that this will also result in beautiful white shoes.

Trick 6: Because they also belong to the shoes
White laces

Are your shoes still virginal white, but have your laces become a bit grey and dirty when you wear them? Then take the laces out of your shoes, put them in a laundry bag and put them in the washing machine. After washing, your laces will come out as new. Do you also want to wash your white sneakers? Some sneakers will be able to handle it, but we are not in favour of it. In general, the fabric and fit of the shoes will not improve. Moreover, the soles of canvas shoes are often glued. By washing your shoes in the washing machine, the glue will release and your shoes may break down.

Trick 7: 4x what to do with suede shoes
Maintenance kit suede and nubuck shoes

Suede is perhaps the hardest material to clean. Especially when it comes to white suede, this is a tricky cleaning job. But it’s anything but impossible. There are a number of handy tools that you can use to clean white suede shoes: A suede eraser is an eraser that has been specially developed to remove stains from suede shoes. With the suede eraser, you can erase the stain, as it were, from the shoe. Suede Cleaner is a spray that allows you to remove dirt from suede. You can do this by applying the suede cleaner to a brush or a sponge and then rubbing it on the stain. A suede brush is a brush with a rough brush to remove stains and a soft brush to brush the suede again after removing the stains. You can always use the above to remove stains from your suede, white shoes. Something you should not use is a cloth. If you do this, you may be rubbing the dirt deeper into your shoe. This will only make the stain worse and more difficult to remove.

Tip: Do you want to maintain your suede shoes only with the best cleaning agents? With the assempoetser kit especially for suede and nubuck shoes, you can be sure of the best products and have an even better chance of getting your white shoes white again.

Trick 8: Leather also becomes whiter than white again
Maintenance kit leather shoes

Besides suede, leather is perhaps the most commonly used material for shoes. Like suede, white leather can be cleaned with various cleaning agents. Which products work well in our opinion: A cleaning cream that has been specially developed for leather. You can carefully rub the cream on the stain with a clean cloth or brush, after which the stain will disappear. A cleaning spray that allows you to remove dirt from leather. By spraying the shoe with a cleaning spray and then rubbing it well with a cotton cloth, you make sure that the stain disappears.

Tip: Do you want to make sure that the cleaning products you use for your leather shoes are of good quality? With the Assempoetser kit specifically for leather shoes, you can be sure of the best products.

Trick 9: Dry, hard and caked
White shoe cream

If there is dry and hard dirt on your beautiful white shoes then you are ‘lucky’. This type of dirt is relatively easy to remove. However, it is important that you let the dirt dry out completely before you remove it. When the dirt is completely dry, simply wipe it off your shoes. Then clean the stain with softgum or choose a good cleaning spray to remove the last bit of dirt.

Tip: Is there dry dirt on your suede or canvas shoes? Then be careful not to scrub the dirt off too fanatically. The chance of damaging the small hairs if you scrub too hard is very high. And it would be a shame if your cleanup only caused more damage, wouldn’t it?

Trick 10: Camouflaging scratches
Shoe care white shoes

Sometimes you run into something that leaves an ugly scratch on your shoe. Super annoying of course! Especially since you can’t brush away a scratch one, two or three times. But to write off the shoes now is also premature. With the help of a white-covering cream you can camouflage the scratches perfectly. No one will like the damage after you have treated your shoes. Tip: Use the assempoetser-kit specially designed and equipped for cleaning and getting white shoes.

Tips as an encore
The following two tips are real house, garden and kitchen tips that we would like to share with you. Maybe one of the tips below is the golden tip for your white shoes.

Tip 1: white toothpaste
Using a toothbrush, apply a white toothpaste (without gel) to your white shoes. Allow the toothpaste to soak in for about ten minutes. Remove the toothpaste with a damp cloth. Repeat these steps until your shoes are white again.

Tip 2: White Miracle Sponge
A white miracle sponge is a melamine sponge that can be bought in various shops. When using this miracle sponge, wet the sponge a little and carefully wipe away the stains on your shoes. The sponge is suitable for leather as well as for pre-canvas or rubber.

Keeping white shoes white is a piece of cake
In this article we have discussed ten tricks that will help you keep your white shoes white or make your white shoes white again. When maintaining your white shoes, do you want to be sure that you are using the best products? We have put together a handy maintenance kit for you with only the best products. With the assempoetser kit especially for white shoes, white shoes are kept white and white shoes get white again so a piece of cake! Keeping white shoes white seemed like an impossible task, but with the tricks above it suddenly becomes a feasible task. Especially if you use the products from the different maintenance kits that we have discussed in this article, you can be sure that your white shoes will stay white for a long time. Enjoy your white shoes and keep them white, allways!

Do you have any other handy tricks that will make it easier to keep white shoes white?

 

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