Nike is one of the most popular sportswear in the whole world. In fact, they are one of the most prized labels in the athletic industry. The brand is valued at nearly $30 billion.
The industry sells a number of different sports accessories used for sporting activities. There are different items such as Nike training shirts, vests, socks, gloves, caps, hats and the most prominent apparel must be the Nike shoes. The footwear that they release into the industry is so incredibly popular amongst sports athletes and collectors.
Over the years, Nike has released numerous collections of shoes. They have also sponsored a number of different celebrities such as Carl Lewis, Steve Prefontaine, Michael Jordan and even Allyson Felix. When a new Nike edition is released into the market, the edition sells out in just a couple of hours. It is not unusual to see the limited edition been sold for thousands of dollars.
Sporting a new pair of Nike trainers will undoubtedly give you a considerable amount of credibility and walking around with a vintage pair of Nike trainers can make you look even cooler. If you have got yourself an awesome pair of Nike sneakers and you want to keep them looking clean and well maintained, you have come to the right place.
In this article, we go through all the different steps that you must take when it comes to cleaning your Nike trainers. With simple home items such as a soft shoe brush, some rags, and a toothbrush, you can quickly clean your shoes. The steps listed will ensure that your shoes do not tear or experience any kind of discoloration. This will help your shoes maintain a clean fresh look each and every time.
Brush Away Excess Dirt and Get Rid of Scuff Marks.
To avoid staining your shoe, it is important to brush off any dirt and dust that has accumulated on the surface of your shoe. It is advisable to brush off the dirt as soon as your shoes are exposed to a dirty environment. Better yet, you can grab a wet wipe and wipe off your shoe so that the dirt accumulated does not leave a stain. At home, you can easily brush the outsole of your shoe by using a clean piece of cloth, a soft shoe brush or a toothbrush with really soft bristles.
To remove the scuff marks from the outsole of your shoe, you can use a melamine sponge also known as a magic eraser. First, you dip your melamine sponge into some water then softly go over a scuff mark. It is important to remember that you should only highlight the scuff mark quite lightly. Magic erasers are course and could destroy the fabric of your shoe.
If you want to thoroughly get rid of the dirt from small nooks and tight spaces on your shoes, you can use screwdrivers, awls, small paintbrushes and small pieces from the cleaning kit of your phone or glasses as well as crannies. If the exterior surface of your Nike shoes are made of mesh, it is advisable to pack the inside of your shoe with a cloth or a newspaper. This will prevent the dirt from seeping into your shoe.
Wash Your Shoelaces
Remove the shoelaces and soak them in warm water. To clean them you can use any kind of laundry detergent. If you own white shoelaces that are stained with some black spots, you can pour bleach into the water and leave them to soak for a few minutes. You could also choose to thoroughly scrub the stains away by using a toothbrush or a soft shoe brush.
Prepare the water that you will use
Fill your sink or the washbasin that you intend to use with some warm water. Add some washing powder or any other detergent that you have in your laundry. Do not fill your water with too much soap. All you need is a mild amount of soap in your water.
When cleaning your shoes, it is important to do some research to find out if you should use cold water or warm water. The Nike Flyknits should only be cleaned with cold water. Hot or warm water could do destroy the fabric of the shoe. You should also take some time and find out if your detergent or cleanser is good for your shoe. Some detergents are manufactured with chemicals and other properties that could corrode the material on your shoe, or affect the color dye on your shoe.
Treat Your Shoes to a Sponge Bath
While cleaning your shoes you can easily use items found around your home. You can use a sponge, microfiber cloth or a washcloth. Gently scrape off the dirt accumulated in the soiled parts of your shoes. It is important not to use too much water as you clean your shoe. You do not want to deal with a really wet pair of shoes. Wash and rinse off the soap from your sponge or washcloth then use it to wipe off the soap from your shoes.
Spot Treat the Stains on Your Shoes
White Nike shoes are prone to revealing small stains. You can spot-treat these parts of your shoe with a gentle soap or detergents like your hair shampoo or dishwashing soap. To avoid water stains, you can use distilled water in your spot treatment.
Clean the Insoles of Your Shoes
Nearly each and every Nike shoe has an insole that can be removed. Take out these insoles and clean them gently by using water, soap and a brush. There are some Nike sneakers that do not have a removable insole. For these kinds of shoes, it is better to use a toothbrush to clean the hard to reach areas inside your toe box. The insole is made of very delicate material. As you clean your shoe remember to be gentle so that you do not destroy or tear the fabric of the insole.