Releasing your favorite pair of heels or trusted trainers can be a painful experience.
We all have that age-old couple that has been with us through thick and thin, but, if we are honest, certainly have seen better days.
But you could have a new life in store for your cherished steps if you follow these simple restoration tips.
The advice shared by Sagar Mehra, head of restoration at ShoeSpa – a London-based designer restoration shop for shoes and handbags – ranges from dealing with worn heels to removing stubborn stains.
And many of the generation products you need are probably already in your cupboard!
Releasing your favorite pair of heels or sneakers can be a painful experience – even if they've had better days
But a new life can be in store for your beloved steps if you follow these basic restoration tips from Sagar Mehra, head restoration at ShoeSpa – a restoration shop for shoes and handbags (in the photo: a pair of Gucci trainers restored by the experts at ShoeSpa)
Wine and coffee stains
Wine and coffee are some of the most common stains we see, but without bringing your shoes to a professional, a quick rescue and revive is possible!
First gently pat the stain with kitchen paper to absorb as much of the stain as possible and then fill the inside of your shoes with newspapers to help them retain their shape while it dries.
Do not forget to wipe, not to rub, as this can spread the stain further.
Then prepare a cleaning solution with two cups of warm water, add a tablespoon of washing-up liquid and a tablespoon of white vinegar and mix it together.
Take a clean sponge, immerse it in the detergent and vinegar mixture, and try blotting the solution only on the colored area.
Wine and coffee are some of the most common stains we see, but apart from taking your shoes to a professional, a quick rescue and revive is possible
An old, worn out pair of Christian Louboutin peep toe platform heels (left) that have been restored and look like new (right) after a treatment at ShoeSpa
Now rinse the sponge, add more detergent and repeat the process a few more times over the marked areas to loosen the stain.
Then take a white linen cloth that has been moistened with water and keep staining. You should lift the spot.
Continue to clean until the stain has been completely removed or until no further improvement is visible. Then finish with a piece of dry white linen cloth – gently touch the surface to absorb the moisture.
Finally, place your items in a well-ventilated and dust-free room for drying.
Remove dirt, debris and stains from leather shoes
Clearing leather shoes is not easy because the method depends on the type of leather used, but if you need quick and easy results that work across the board, try the following technique at home.
Mix a part of mild soap – such as a facial soap or a very mild detergent – with eight parts of water. It is best to use bottled water or distilled water if possible to prevent particles in tap water.
Tidying up leather shoes is not easy because the method depends on the type of leather used. Pictured: a pair of Chanel ballet pumps that urgently need some loving attention
The same Chanel pumps after a restoration treatment by the ShoeSpa professionals
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on a white linen cloth or clean sponge. Never spray directly on the leather as this can cause over-saturation.
Carefully wipe the stain with the grain of the leather. This solution should help to dissolve the dirt, debris and any stains from the leather.
Then let the shoes dry naturally. After your shoes are dry, clean your shoes a last time with a damp cloth to ensure that no dirt remains on the material. Your shoes should immediately look brighter and cleaner.
Clean up your dirty soles
Freshening up your soles has the effect of aging your shoes, but it also gives a hygienic boost and can improve grip.
Cleaning the soles of your shoes is very easy. For shoes and sneakers with white soles, combine half water and half baking powder – just mix the solution until it becomes a soft paste.
Cleaning the soles of your shoes is very easy. For shoes and sneakers with white soles, combine half water and half baking powder to make a solution. Pictured: before and after photos of Balenciaga trainers who received the ShoeSpa treatment
Then immerse a toothbrush in the paste and apply it to the soles of your shoes while gently rubbing the soles as you work. The baking powder particles help to carefully lift dirt and dirt without leaving any residue.
After completion, take a wet cloth and wipe clean. It's that simple.
Reviving sheepskin boots
Sheepskin boots are very popular in the winter months, but it is also the time of year when they get the most dirty.
To remove dirt or mud that has dried on the material, carefully loosen the dirt with a nail brush until it is removed.
Sheepskin boots are very popular in the winter months, but it is also the time of year when they get the most dirty
If the dirt has left a mark, you can use a white eraser and then wipe the area with a damp cloth and then let it dry.
Worn out heels
Repairing heels from home is more difficult, but there are a few tips you can implement to prevent problems and extend the life of your shoes.
One is installing rubber & # 39; ticks & # 39; on the heels of your shoes. The cranes protect your heels against rapid wear.
Repairing heels from home is more difficult, but there are a few tips you can implement to prevent problems and extend the life of your shoes. Pictured: a worn out Christian Louboutin pumps with a heel point are missing
Alternatively you can buy a number of transparent heel protectors and install them – they are especially useful if you walk a lot in the city.
They also add a little extra grip and you can always remove them as soon as you arrive at the office or dinner.
If you think it's time to engage the professionals, ShoeSpa also offers an online service. Go to shoespa.co.uk for more information.
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