The sneaker cleaning guide

How to clean leather sneakers

The special thing about sneakers is that they are rarely made of one single material.
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To make it simple, natural, synthetic and vegetable leathers (corn, grapes, etc.) are grouped here.

What you need to know when cleaning leather sneakers

The leather used in the sneaker industry is in most cases of lower quality than the one used in the premium classic shoes. It is split leather (inner part of the skin) which is more fragile than full grain leather (outer part of the skin).

Because of the many existing finishes, it is difficult to make leather care for sneakers a generality, but in most cases, the leather has been rectified or coated and can wear out quickly.

If it is oily, full-grain or patent leather, go for leather care products specially dedicated to the maintenance of these types of leather.

How to clean leather sneakers in 6 easy steps

1. PREPARE
2. DUST OFF
3. CLEAN THE LACES
4. CLEAN THE SOLE
5. CLEAN THE LEATHER
6. DRY

Prepare

1. Prepare the elements of the kit as well as a bowl of lukewarm water and a towel if necessary. Shake the cleanser.

In addition to Bascket products and a bowl of lukewarm water, it is recommended to use a towel to protect the surface on which you are going to clean the shoes. Shake the bottle to mix the cleanser.

DUST OFF

2. Dry brush the shoes.

Remove excess dirt by brushing the shoe with the soft brush.
If your sneakers are covered in mud, remove as much as possible. This will prevent mud residues from being moistened and complicate the cleaning process.

Clean the laces

3. Remove the laces and wet them with water. Massage them between your hands with a mix of water and cleaning solution.

This step is not mandatory but it is highly recommended to remove the laces to clean them thoroughly and have access to the dirt that settles behind them on the tongue.

If they are lightly soiled, spray a generous amount of solution directly on the laces. Then, rub them as if you were washing your hands. Rinse, wring and dry the laces.

If they need more work, unscrew the spray of the bottle and pour a small amount of solution on the laces. Rub them for a few seconds between your hands until the foam appears. Soak them for 10 minutes in hot water. Rub them with the cleaning solution and soak them again for a few minutes. Repeat the operation if necessary. Then, rinse, wring and dry the laces.

Clean the sole

4. Spray the solution on the sole and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the hard brush into the bowl of water and scrub without pressing. Then, wipe.

Spray the solution from a distance of 5 cm on the sole and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the brush in the bowl of water and rub the sole in a straight motion. Do not press the movement, let the bristles of the brush do the work. Wipe with the microfiber or the towel.
If any stains remain, spray more solution and let it work longer. Scrub again with hot water. If necessary, wrap the microfiber cloth around your index finger, moisten it and apply a small amount of solution. Then, rub vigorously.

Clean the leather

5. Spray the solution on the leather and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the soft brush into the bowl of water and scrub without pressing. Then, wipe.

If the water in the bowl is dirty, change it.
Spray the solution on the leather from a distance of 5 cm and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the soft brush into the bowl of water and brush the upper in a circular motion. Do not press the movement, let the bristles of the brush do the work. Wipe with the microfiber or the towel.
If any stains remain, spray more solution and let it work longer. Brush again. If necessary, gently use the stiff brush. Be careful not to damage the leather. Or wrap the microfiber around your index finger, moisten it and apply a small amount of solution. Then, rub vigorously.

Cleaning tips for leather sneakers

Test the reaction of the leather

Some leather are more sensitive to water than others. Test the reaction of the leather to water on a hidden part.
If the leather is too sensitive, use the microfiber with a small amount of water and cleaning solution.

Do not saturate the leather with water

Some leathers can warp and get damaged if they’re saturated with water. Avoid using too much water when cleaning your leather sneakers.

Use the soft brush or the microfiber

The hard brush can damage some types of leathers. Use it with care. Do not press the movement to avoid any risk of damage.

Dry

6. Wipe clean with the microfiber or a towel. Leave to air dry.

Wipe clean. Place a cloth in the shoes, this will allow them to keep their shape while drying. Leave it to air dry. Avoid the dryer or heat sources like radiators. Relace the shoes once they are dry.

Cleaning tips for leather sneakers

Place a cloth inside the shoes while they dry

Recommended for all types of materials but particularly for leather to keep its shape during the drying process.

Nourish the leather after cleaning

Some leathers need to be nourished and conditioned. If necessary, nourish the leather only when it is completely dry with a leather conditioner. Ask a leather specialist, such as your shoemaker, if needed.

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