How To Clean Sperrys
If you want to keep to your shoes looking good, learn how to clean Sperrys. Comfortable and chic, Sperrys lose their appeal when they start to smell from exposure to moisture and sweat. Stains, smudges and dirt will spoil the chic, boat-shoe look Sperrys are famed for. Moreover, Sperry topsiders are expensive and well-worth cleaning to keep them looking and feeling just right. Luckily, learning how to clean Sperrys is easy when you target the cleaning method to the material the shoe is made of.
What you’ll need to clean Sperrys made of leather, suede and canvas:
- Leather soap or cleaner
- Suede soap or cleaner
- Pet stain remover
- Soft terrycloth
- Suede brush
- Soft brush
- Anti bacterial spray
- Fabric softener sheets
- How to clean Sperrys made of leather. Streaks can develop between the heels of your Sperrys as your feet knock together when you walk. Stains can also become imbedded in the leather upper of your topsiders. To clean Sperrys made of leather, don’t use ordinary soap, which can damage the leather or develop a second stain. Instead, use leather soap, which you can find at shoe repair stores. To clean scuff marks, spray the soap on a soft terrycloth then rub the affected areas thoroughly. To clean deep set stains from your leather Sperrys, spray the soap directly on the stain then rub the area with a soft terry cloth. Keep spraying the area and turning the terry cloth over to a fresh side until you succeed in cleaning your Sperrys thoroughly.
- How to clean Sperrys made of suede. Suede Sperrys are, in fact, leather shoes sown with the rough side of the leather facing out. Despite this, not all leather soaps are appropriate for cleaning suede. To clean your Sperrys without resorting to over-rubbing the suede surface, look for a cleaner specifically designed for cleaning suede. Apply the cleaner to the stain or dirt marks, then use a suede brush to gently clean your Sperrys without stripping the suede over a single spot. You can find both the cleaner and brush at shoe repair stores.
- How to clean Sperrys made of canvas. You can clean canvas Sperrys by washing them in your washing machine. However, to reduce wear and tear to your topsiders, it’s best to clean canvas Sperrys by hand. For smears of dirt, spray the shoe with a spot remover, like a pet stain remover for carpets or a laundry spot remover. Use a soft brush to rub away the stains and dirt, then wash your Sperrys quickly under cold running water. Dab away the wetness with a towel, then let your Sperrys air dry.
- Refresh all types of Sperrys. Because Sperrys are often worn without socks, they may develop an unpleasant scent over time. To clean your Sperrys, spray the inside of the shoe with antibacterial spray, then place a sheet of fabric softener in the shoe and leave it there as your Sperrys dry.