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Did you just clean your shoes but they still don’t squeaky clean? This often happens when you don’t clean shoelaces properly.
The best way to keep your shoes shining like new is to ensure laces are clean too. Sadly, most people don’t know that crisp and clean laces can make a big difference in the overall look of any footwear (especially in the case of white & light-coloured shoes).
If you don’t know how to clean shoelaces with perfection, you need this article. We have shared some tested super easy ways to clean all kinds of shoelaces.
Now, let’s see how to clean shoelaces in 3 ways:
Two types of bleach are used for cleaning purposes: Oxygen bleach & Chlorine bleach.
While using bleach for cleaning purposes, there are certain Do’s & Don’ts that you must know. We can’t use any bleach randomly on any shoelace, so let’s have a look at different types of laces before moving ahead.
Shoelaces can be made up of:
Cleaning leather shoelaces is an entirely different procedure no matter whether they are coloured or white, you must not apply any type of bleach on them.
We have a separate article on leather shoe cleaning, in case you want to know how to clean shoelaces made up of leather – Click here
Another categorization of shoelaces can be done on the basis of their colour. When it comes to clean shoelaces, the ingredients slightly differ for coloured and white laces. Here’s what you should consider while using bleach:
Use chlorine bleach for cotton laces and oxygen bleach on synthetic laces to remove colour, ink, blood, vomit, food or egg stains. Here is what you can do:
Caution: Do not use chlorine bleach on coloured laces even if it is made up of cotton. It can fade out the colour. Always go for oxygen bleach to clean coloured shoelaces, be it cotton or synthetic lace.
Pro-tip: Always wear rubber gloves while dealing with bleach. Your skin might be sensitive and suffer redness, itching or rashes due to bleach.
Always remove the lace from the shoes. The biggest mistake people do is they don’t remove laces from the shoes before cleaning. This is why the laces don’t get cleaned properly.
Brush off loose mud, dirt and dust from the shoelaces using a hard-bristled brush. You don’t have to assert heavy pressure.
Take a large bowl, mug or a small bucket. Fill it with lukewarm (30 ° C) water. Mix 4-5 drops of your regular laundry detergent or ½ teaspoon of powdered detergent. Stir it with your hands for 1 minute or until you see lather.
Soak the shoelaces in soapy water (mixture of detergent and water) for 15 minutes. This will help the detergent to loosen dirt particles from the laces and it will detach from the surface of the laces.
You can stir the shoelaces in the water 5-6 times for a better result too.
Use a small scrub brush (or an old toothbrush) to scrub the laces. Be mindful of the aglet as these can crack or peel off if handled roughly.
Drain the soapy water and refill the mug/bowl or bucket with clean water. Now, rinse the shoelaces. Repeat the process until you don’t see soapy leather in the rinsing water.
Press the laces gently to remove excess water. Don’t press them too tightly as it may make them look wrinkled. Now, tie them on a clothes hanger and let them air dry.
Caution: Do not dry shoelaces in a clothes dryer machine
The heat of the clothes dryer can melt the plastic tips of the shoelaces.
Once the laces are dried completely you can put them back in the shoes.
What you should know: How to clean shoelaces in a washing machine
If you are planning to clean shoelaces in the machine, you can proceed after step 3, here is what you can do:
Caution: Avoid colour-bleeding stains
If you want to try a homemade cleaner for your shoelaces, you can either use baking soda or vinegar, here is how you can do that:
If your shoelaces have very tough stains go for the bleach method. In case there are minor stains you can choose detergent, baking soda or vinegar as per your wish. Cleaning shoelaces with detergent or soap is quick and easier. Whereas, using baking soda or vinegar may be a little time-consuming.
People often clean shoelaces without removing them from the shoes. This is the worst way to clean them. Laces don’t get fully cleaned this way.
Take a mixture of mild detergent or soap. Dip a clean cloth in this mixture and wipe the entire shoelace. Thereafter, wipe away the leftover soapy residue from the lace using a clean damp cloth. You can read the detailed method of how to clean shoelaces made up of leather by clicking here.
Yes, laces made up of cotton and synthetic fibres are washable. You can hand wash them or wash them in a washing machine as well. However, leather shoelaces are not meant to be washed. It is best to wipe them with a soapy mixture.
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