Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Elephant Print

posted Jan 29, 2011, 1:06 PM by Daniel Eusebio   [ updated Jan 29, 2011, 1:35 PM ]

With the recent re-re-re-release of the Air Jordan 3 Retro in the White/Cement Grey colorway, I'm pretty sure you'll eventually run into this problem later down the road. This is a pair of 2003 Retros that I acquired back in November 2006. I remember winning the eBay auction for about $50 shipped. Only to get the shoes a month later with the box tattered and just taped up. Let alone there were some blood stains on the leather, which easily came off. This type of material is basically just nubuck with elephant print on it. Many people urged that suede and nubuck should never touch water for fear of causing damage to the material. However, I am a very experimental person. So I went with my trusty basic cleaning method, which is basically dishwashing soap and a brush.

The area needs to be damped with cold water. Then apply a small dab of dishwashing soap and gently brush the dirty areas. Rinse was cold water, pat dry with a dry towel, and use an electric fan to dry the material. The end result should look like this.
It only took one cleaning attempt to get these results. Multiple attempts may be necessary and results will vary depending on the severity of the stains. I have run into a of Black/Cement Grey 3's that were totally unaffected by basic cleaning. So make sure to take care of your shoes to keep them looking their best

Basic Cleaning

posted Sep 7, 2010, 1:31 AM by Daniel Eusebio

Basic Cleaning

When I say basic cleaning, what I mean is using a very simple method with simple common everyday items that you probably already have at home.

This is in my opinion, the most essential and versatile way to clean your shoes.

Some people have mentioned using a washing machine to clean their shoes but I am staying away from that. What I've heard is that you need to put the shoes in a pillow case then put them in the washer.

-Use a toothbrush/hand brush, Water and a Dry Towel
Basically start off with running cold water from the faucet and clean using a brush (dishwashing soap can be added if needed), then use a cloth/towel to wipe dry. Optional: You can use a small electric fan to speed up the drying process.
If the dirt/stain is persistent, you might have to repeat the cleaning process a few more times.

You can also use a damp towel to clean shoes as well, that's if you want to deal with really dirty towels to be tossed in the washer. The damp towel method can be used on white leather uppers as well as midsoles for quick cleaning.

Notes: if you're still cleaning the soles (bottoms) with a toothbrush, you might want to get a midsize or a bigger brush. It's a lot more efficient in terms of cleaning as opposed to using a toothbrush.

Getting Gum Off Your Shoes

posted Aug 21, 2010, 9:10 PM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Aug 29, 2010, 1:28 AM ]

Probably the most common occurrence and issue out there is having gum stuck on your shoes. There are time when it comes right off, then there are times when it's a desperate struggle to remove every single sticky bit of it off your shoes. There has been many remedies out there for removing gum off, some may even opt to stick their sneakers int he freezer, which I really don't advise especially if your sneaker contains air units. If you can remember from science class, air molecules slow down in colder temperature, thus air units or air bags will or should deflate. Other options include products such as Goo Gone or Goo Off.

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