Sometimes, people think that washing rubber shoes tends to be too complicated and hard, but actually it is not. You need not have them washed in the laundry cleaner, because you can easily wash and clean them yourselves. You are about to discover how to wash rubber shoes, read on to discover how, step-by-step. Following these tips will help you to maintain your rubber shoes in good working condition.
Ways of Cleaning Your Rubber Shoes
- Take the laces out of your shoes, and remove any excess dirt. You may also want to take out the inner soles off your shoes if you are going to be doing a lot of cleaning, to prevent them from getting wet and to enable faster drying. You can hose down your shoes or just take a cloth or paper towel and wipe your shoes down with some water to remove excess dirt.
- Clean the laces by either putting the laces in with your laundry and leaving them out to dry, or by putting the laces into a solution of 50% bleach and 50% water, then hanging them out to dry. Which option you choose will largely depend on how dirty your laces are. If they are too dirty, you may need to use bleach. Otherwise, use the washer. Once you’ve done this, you are ready to learn how to wash rubber shoes with a cleaning solution.
- Choose a cleaning solution. There are several options for cleaning solutions you can choose from:
- Dishwashing Liquid
- Hand Soap
- Commercial Shoe Cleaning Products
- Tire cleaner
- Furniture Polish
- Olive oil
- Choose your weapon! Okay now you are almost ready to clean your rubber shoes. We all know that mens water shoes can get dirty so guys if this is you, get a strong brush. Any of the following scrubbing tools will work well for you:
- Kitchen Scrubber (used for washing dishes, works fine for shoes, too)
The important thing to remember with rubber is that you don’t want something too harsh. Yet, it must also be strong enough to get in-between the cracks of your rubber shoes. So look at your rubber shoes, if the rubber is especially soft, go with a cloth. If it has a lot of cracks or small creases in it, use a toothbrush or kitchen scrubber.
- Apply your cleaning solution. Now you want to put the cleaning solution you’ve chosen onto your “weapon” or scrubbing tool and get ready to clean your shoes. You should start with a little bit and continue working your way up to more cleaning solution. The reason is this: If you are using a lot of cleaning solution right away, then the dirt is going to go all over the place. A better tactic is to start with a bit of cleaning solution, clean, then add more, and repeat. Doing this will allow you to clean faster and get a cleaner shoe with less effort. Now you’ve almost learned how to wash rubber shoes. Let’s go on to the most important part.
- Scrub away! You want to work in small circular motions. Large motions just move dirt around. Scrub the dirt off from one side to another, making your way across the shoe. The idea here is scrub, clean, rinse and repeat. You should clean, then add more solution, then clean. Doing so will give you the best result with the least amount of effort. Start on one side of the shoe and clean it piece by piece. This will prevent dirt from getting back onto areas you have already cleaned.
Remember to work in circular motions, as this is the optimal way to get all of the dirt out. Straight motionsleave little scratches and do not get all the dirt out. A circular motion, on the other hand, will keep a consistent and polished look to your newly cleaned shoe, along with removing all of the dirt, in the most efficient way possible.
Now, you have learned how to wash rubber shoes. Now just rinse them with water, hang them out to dry, and your done! Now you can enjoy your beautiful shoes.