There are plenty of effective sneaker cleaners out there. But how much of a difference does the cleaner actually make?
While it's important to have an effective cleaner that won't damage your shoe, in some cases, the real difference maker is the brush.
That's why we had @sneakerheadinthebay stop by to create a video explaining how to tackle a dirty pair of sneakers and which type of brush is best for the job. Read below to learn the key points, and make sure to check out the full video on our YouTube channel.
Types of Brushes
There are a few different types of brushes that should each be used for different purposes and materials.
First, is the horsehair brush. Horsehair brushes have very soft bristles that are used mostly for brushing off any excess dirt or dust from your shoes before you start cleaning.
If your shoes are super dirty or muddy, hitting them with the horsehair brush first will make cleaning them a lot easier.
With bristles soft enough for suede but strong enough to scrub off dirt and grime, the all-purpose brush can be used on nearly any material without damaging it.
The nylon bristle brush, which comes in our Nubuck & Suede Set, has tough bristles that are used to reset the nap in your suede after being cleaned and dried.
The Angelus Nubuck & Suede Set also removes most soil and spots on suede and nubuck.
Lastly, we have the brush that comes with our All-Purpose Foam Cleaner.
This brush features very hard bristles that are perfect for outsoles and midsoles. If you're having trouble getting rid of dirt and grime no matter how much scrubbing you do, this cleaner and brush combo is your best bet.
More Cleaning Essentials
Finding the right brush is essential for cleaning your sneakers correctly, but to make sure they stay in good shape, you might want to grab a few of these other sneaker care essentials:
- Easy Cleaner: a premium shoe cleaner that's safe for all materials
- Mink Oil: a premium conditioner that prevents stains and extends the life of your shoes
- Foaming Cleaner: a foaming cleaner that uses a pump for easy application and is perfect for most materials
- Sole Bright: a solution that completely reverses oxidation to bring your soles back to life
- Deoderizer: a scent-free formula that completely eliminates all odors from your shoes
These basic essentials will make sure you have everything you need to keep your sneakers in factory condition.