Easy sneaker care

It's always nice to buy your favorite sneakers.
To keep wearing such sneakers beautifully, you need to take good care of them.
Also, wearing dirty sneakers doesn't make a good impression on the other person.
This time, we will show you how to care for your sneakers and how to store them properly.

■ What causes sneakers to get dirty?

Cause of No. 1 that sneakers is Soiled, would still mud dirt.

Especially for small children, it is too difficult to say, "Wear sneakers without getting dirty."

The sneakers used for indoor sports are not mud-stained, but sweat soaks in and causes yellowing stains.

Yellow stains can also appear on sneakers after washing.

The cause is the alkaline component contained in detergents and soaps.

When the sneakers are dried outdoors after washing, they are exposed to ultraviolet rays and react with the remaining alkaline components, causing yellowing.

I'm going to remove the dirt, but if it takes time and effort to get it dirty, it's a complete fall.

To prevent this from happening, take care of your sneakers the right way.

It's also important to keep your sneakers clean.

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■ How to make sneakers less dirty

Keeping your sneakers clean before you start wearing them will reduce the number of washes and cares and will also reduce deterioration.

・ Waterproof spray

Spray new or well-maintained sneakers until the surface is lightly moistened.

At that time, the point is to spray evenly over the entire area from a distance.

Recently, there are products with high antifouling and dustproof effects.

Choose a waterproof spray that matches the material of your sneakers.

Also, on rainy days, spraying not only on the shoes but also on the hem of the pants will prevent the dirt from being transferred from the dirty hem to the sneakers.

・ Low

White sneakers made of cloth are coated with white candles.

You can get a water repellent effect.

The method of applying wax is not recommended as it will damage materials such as suede and leather.

It is a good idea to use different coating agents according to the material.

・ Baby powder

Tap the entire sneaker with a puff, then remove excess powder.

By doing so, the baby powder blends into the sneaker fabric and has the same effect as a waterproof spray.

It's easy to do, so it's a good idea to keep it at the front door.

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■ How to care for sneakers that you can easily do yourself

Even if you say "sneakers", there are various fabrics and stains used.

This time, we will introduce some general care methods and some care methods according to the fabric and material.

You can easily do it at home with just a few care items, so please give it a try.

First, carefully remove dust and mud with a brush, and then spray a foam-type sneaker cleaner over the entire surface.

Leave it for 10 to 30 seconds, and when the bubbles come up, wipe off the dirt with a soft and clean cloth.

This will clean the surface, but depending on the fabric, it may be difficult to remove dirt such as between wrinkles.

In that case, before wiping off the bubbles, scrape off the remaining dirt with an old toothbrush and then wipe it off.

Finally, wipe it off with a clean, dry cloth to complete.

If your sneakers get wet due to rain, etc., first lightly absorb the water with a dry cloth.

Then put a white cloth or paper in your sneakers and dry in a well-ventilated shade to prevent them from getting out of shape.


Next, I will introduce how to care for each fabric used for sneakers.

・ Suede, nubuck

Use a stiff bristle brush or nylon brush to scrape off any dirt that has adhered to the hair, and then use a suede cleaner to adjust the texture.

Finally, we recommend applying a waterproof spray.

・ Synthetic fiber + natural leather, artificial leather + natural leather

On the front side, take a small amount of shoe cleaner on a soft cloth and rub it lightly over the entire upper to remove dirt.

If it is extremely dirty, first lightly remove the dirt with a bristle brush or nylon brush before proceeding.

Also, basically apply clear shoe cleaners and evenly apply black to black sneakers to give them a glossy finish.

・ Artificial leather, artificial leather + synthetic fiber

To remove stains on the upper, use a cloth moistened with water instead of using shoe cream.

If it is very dirty, wash it with water using a shoe shampoo.

Also, if you use a commercially available detergent, be sure to choose a neutral detergent as it may cause yellowing, stains, and discoloration.

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■ About washing sneakers with water

Some fabrics, such as canvas sneakers, can be washed with water.

This time, I will introduce how to wash with soap.

First, wash the shoelaces and insoles separately in advance.

If the shoes the entire mud stain is intense, it washed away earlier, soaked sneakers in warm water of 20 to 40 degrees, which was dissolved powder soap, and wash rubbing.

If it is very dirty and difficult to remove, apply bar soap directly or brush with soap on the brush.

At this time, care must be taken as rubbing too hard can easily damage the material such as rubber.

After that, rinse thoroughly with running water until the soap is removed, wipe it off with a dry towel to absorb the water, and dry it in the shade in a well-ventilated place.

When it's dry enough, put on your shoelaces and insoles and you're done.


■ Correct storage method for sneakers

Even if you take good care of it, it will be ruined if you leave it on the porch or porch.

Sneakers can also "hydrolyze" when stored in places with high temperatures and humidity.

Hydrolysis is the reaction of chemical substances with water to cause decomposition.

Polyurethane material is often used for the sole of sneakers, which causes a chemical reaction with the moisture in the air, resulting in tatters.

The same is true for new sneakers.

To prevent this from happening, proper temperature and humidity control is important.

It is common to say "put your shoes in a shoe box", but be careful if you have a shoe box in a place with high humidity and poor ventilation.

Also, avoid leaving your shoes in the car.

Especially in the summer, the inside of the car and the trunk get hot, so the sole of the sneaker will come off and deform in a short period of time.

Based on these precautions, we will introduce an appropriate storage method.

Moisture is a great enemy for sneakers, but extremely dry conditions can also damage the fabric.

So put a "wooden shoe tree" inside the sneakers.

Wooden ones are recommended because they can keep moisture properly than plastic ones.

When you put it in a shoe box, you can prevent mold by adding a desiccant together.

Also, when storing for a long period of time, it is important to store it in a plastic bag so that it does not come into contact with moisture in the air, and check the condition regularly.

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■ Summary

Sneakers made with great care should be carefully cared for and stored.

Tanaka Universal's " maccheronian " series is handcrafted one by one , using carefully selected high quality leather materials and organic cotton.

In addition, the sole part uses natural rubber and is made by the vulcanized manufacturing method, so not only the delicate appearance but also the supple and flexible comfort is realized.

Even if it is the same as a person, if you use it with great care, you will think that it is your own original sneaker.

Prolonged use of good quality will enrich your life by itself.

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