Cleansing your Sole
“kLike any other wearable, shoes also play a major role in the enhancement of your looks. While a new pair of shoes gives an edge to your looks, it’s the well-maintained shoes that not only give your looks an edge but also give a reflection of a well-disciplined life and are, in return, cost effective.
A pair of shoes, if maintained well, can last for 2-3 years with a mere change in the looks but their shine and looks can be preserved, if maintained properly.
The synthetic fibers, gluing techniques, foams and stitching of Tracer’s running shoes are carefully engineered to provide the best experience on the run. Any unnatural cleaning techniques can harm the integrity of the shoes, change the fit and lead to a less premium experience.
Following are some ways to maintain the shoes:
Rotate the shoes
The most fundamental idea to maintain the health of a pair of shoes is to continuously rotate them by having at least two pairs and rotating them alternatively. This rotation helps the shoes’ foam mid sole of your shoe time to “bounce back,” keeping the cushioning fresher and longer than if the shoes were taking a daily pounding. If you are running on a wet day or you sweat a lot, the rotation of shoes helps shoes to get dry out in between runs for increased comfort and decreased funk buildup.
Dry the shoes
A wet rainy day will not stop you from your training and pursuing your daily routine. So when you wear your shoes and go out on a wet rainy day, the shoes ought to get wet and smelly. After a run, put your shoes in a dry place.
Putting them under a fan is good to go thing but never put them directly before a heating vent or other heat source.
Another great way is to even take the insoles out from the wet shoes which help to speed up drying time.
Shoe dogs are another tool to dry up your shoes. These cedar-filled cloth pouches of these Dogs help to absorb moisture and odor, so your shoes don’t become a bio hazard. For best results, use the Shoe Dog immediately after a damp excursion to prevent mildew smells from developing.
Another tip is propping your shoes up against a wall or place them on a rack for improved air circulation.
Clean shoes regularly
This is the prime and basic way of keeping the shoes healthy and long-lasting. All it takes is some quality time with your shoes. Never let a stain stay on your shoes for long as it will start to permeate into the fabric of your shoe, which can be damaging in the long-term. So after a run, check your shoes and if found a stain, take a piece of cloth and wipe it off.
Despite significant improvement in recent years, the sock liners that come standard in running shoes today still offer limited cushioning. Replacement insoles can be an excellent option for runners who want to recapture that in-store feel they recall so fondly. Cushioned insoles can breathe new life into a pair of shoes with a few hundred miles on the odometer, and keep you feeling comfortably and protected for a few hundred miles more.
Maintaining laces and the right way of lacing
With time, the upper of shoes begins to stretch as a result of which we have to tie the laces a bit tighter. This causes hot spots and blistering and also leads to wear tear of laces. So the best way is to replace the laces after a point of time.
Now the question is how to clean the shoes?
What you’ll need to clean your shoes:
· A mild detergent or clothing-safe soap
· A soft scrub brush or toothbrush
· A sponge
· Paper towel
· A bucket of warm water
How to clean your running shoes:
1. You’ll want to wash the different parts of your shoes separately, so start off by taking out your shoelaces and insoles.
2. Fill a bucket or bowl with warm water and add 15-30 ml of mild detergent.
3. With a dry paper towel, clean off any clinging mud, dirt or debris before you get your shoes wet.
4. Use a soft scrub brush or toothbrush dipped in warm, soapy water to clean the outsoles (bottoms of the shoes) by hand. Rinse with a wet sponge or towels.
5. Next, you’ll clean the uppers of your shoes. The upper is the part of the shoe that wraps your foot, and how you clean it will depend on what it’s made of.
Fabric, mesh or canvas: Use a wet, soapy sponge and scrub gently. These materials can handle hand washing, but don’t submerge your shoes in water.
Suede, nubuck or leather: Be aware that soap and water can damage or discolor these materials! Use only cleaning products made specifically for suede, nubuck or leather and follow the product instructions.
6. Clean your insoles with soapy water. Scrub the surface thoroughly with a toothbrush or scrub brush. Then clean off the dirt and excess soap with a wet sponge. Don’t soak the insoles or you risk damaging the foam and its shape.
7. You can clean your shoelaces using soap and a scrub brush under running water.
8. Once all the parts of your shoes have been cleaned, let them air dry with paper towels stuffed inside. This will help absorb moisture and maintain the shape of your shoes as they dry.
Just take care not to dry them near a radiator or in direct sunlight, which can cause damage!
9. Once your shoes have dried, you can sprinkle baking soda inside them to absorb any odors or residual moisture.
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