How To Clean Adidas Vintage Shoes
Are you looking for directions on how to clean Adidas vintage shoes? Some guys are squeamish about wearing used clothing, especially sneakers. But, the high quality styles and construction of the Adidas label make these sports shoes desirable to collectors.
There’s a chance that your vintage Adidas may not even be used shoes. Some vintage dealers buy old merchandise called “dead stock” from the original manufacturers. Of course, if you found them at a thrift store, they were probably worn by someone else. Here are the steps you should take to clean your Adidas vintage shoes.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hand cloth
- Spray bottle
- Anti-bacterial spray
- Cat litter
- Baking soda
- Old socks
- Disinfect outside the shoes. To disinfect Adidas vintage shoes, pour rubbing alcohol on the outside of the shoes. Use about half the bottle. Allow the shoes to sit for five minutes to dry. This will kill bacteria outside the shoes.
- Disinfect inside the shoes. Dilute a quarter cup of bleach with one cup of water, and pour into a spray bottle. Spray inside the shoe to kill germs and fungus. Since bleach can damage leather and other materials, you can use anti-bacterial spray instead of bleach. Allow the shoes to dry completely, about two hours.
- Clean the shoes. After you disinfect your vintage Adidas, clean them to remove surface dirt. Wet a hand cloth with alcohol, or an alcohol-based cleaning solution, and rub the outside of the shoes.
- Dry the shoes. Place your Adidas shoes outside to dry in the sun. Allow them to sit in direct sunlight for two hours. This will dry the alcohol and help remove germs.
- Replace the insoles. If you need to replace your shoe’s insoles, make a visit to your local sporting goods store, shoe store or even, a discount store. Insoles are available in many brands and thickness. They are comfortable to wear and easy to custom-fit to your shoe size.
- Deodorize the shoes. Fill two old socks with cat litter and a little odor-absorbing baking soda, and tie the ends. Stuff the socks into your shoes, and let them sit overnight. In the morning, remove the socks and discard them. It’s also a good idea to air out your shoes from time to time. This will keep those vintage Adidas from smelling up the closet. Remove the shoelaces, pull out the tongue, and open the shoes as wide as possible.