How To Clean Leather Converse Shoes
Need to know how to clean leather Converse shoes so they don’t end up wrecked? Never throw your leather Converse kicks into the washing machine and dryer--that would shrivel and dry them up. So how should you clean your shoes? Read on and follow the directions.
- Three cotton Terry washcloths
- Leather polish in a matching color
- New innersoles (optional)
- Dishwashing liquid (optional)
- Shoe deodorizer spray
- Take the laces out of the shoes. If they’re dirty, wash them by hand in the sink. Fill the sink an inch deep with hot water. Squirt in a bit of dishwashing liquid. Use your hands to lather the laces in the hot soapy water, rubbing them until clean. Rinse well and lay flat to dry.
- Take the innersoles out. If they are in poor condition or really stinky, throw them away. If they are still OK, set them aside. Spray the inside of the shoes and the innersoles with the shoe deodorizer.
- Get one of the washcloths wet with cool water. Squeeze it out. Rub the entire Converse shoe to remove the dirt. Rinse and squeeze your cloth as needed.
- Let the shoes dry completely. When dry, polish them with the cream shoe polish. Dip a small area of a fresh Terry washcloth into the shoe polish. Apply the polish to a small area of the leather Converse sneaker. Rub the polish into the leather using small, circular motions. Continue doing this to all areas of both shoes.
- Let the shoes dry completely again. Rub the leather briskly all over with a dry Terry cloth. This buffs your leather Converse shoes to make them shine a little.
- Replace the innersoles. Replace the shoelaces when they are completely dry.