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How to Keep Your Sneakers Looking Fresh: Maintenance Tips

19 jun 2024

Sneakers aren't just shoes; they're a lifestyle. Whether you're a hardcore sneakerhead or just someone who loves a good pair of kicks, keeping them fresh and clean is key to maintaining that sleek look. You don't want your prized sneakers looking like they've been through a war zone, right? Let's dive into some essential maintenance tips to ensure your sneakers always look their best. 

Water and Stain Repellant on sneakers

1. Start with Prevention: Protecting Your Sneakers from Day One

First things first: prevention is better than cure. Before you even wear your new sneakers out for the first time, it's crucial to protect them. Think of it as giving your kicks a suit of armor.

Water and Stain Repellent Spray: A good quality water and stain repellent spray, like Angelus Water & Stain Repellent, can do wonders. It creates a protective barrier on your sneakers, preventing dirt, water, and stains from penetrating the material. Simply spray an even coat over the entire shoe, let it dry, and you're good to go.

Pro Tip: Reapply the spray every few weeks, especially if you wear your sneakers often or in harsh conditions. 

Cleaning with FoamTex

2. Regular Cleaning Routine

Regular cleaning is the bread and butter of sneaker maintenance. The more frequently you clean your sneakers, the easier it is to keep them looking fresh.

Daily Wipe Down:  After a day out, give your sneakers a quick wipe down with a soft, damp cloth. This helps remove surface dirt and prevents it from settling in.

Weekly Deep Clean: Set aside some time each week for a more thorough cleaning session.


Materials Needed:

Soft-bristled brush

Specialized sneaker cleaner (Such as Angelus Easy Cleaner)

Microfiber Cloth

Bowl of warm water (Optional)



      1. Remove the Laces: Start by taking out the laces. You can wash these separately in warm soapy water.

      2. Dry Brush: Use the soft-bristled brush to remove loose dirt from the surface of your sneakers.

      3. Prepare Cleaning Solution: Use Angelus Easy Cleaner according to the instructions.

      4. Scrub Gently: Dip the brush into the solution and gently scrub the sneakers, focusing on any particularly dirty areas.

      5. Wipe Down: Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the soap and dirt.

      6. Air Dry: Allow your sneakers to air dry at room temperature. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, as these can cause damage.



      3. Cleaning Different Sneaker Materials

      Different sneaker materials require different cleaning methods. Let's break it down:


      - Leather


      - Suede

      • Use a suede brush to gently remove surface dirt.

      • For tough stains, use a suede eraser or a white pencil eraser.

      • Use a sneaker cleaner like Angelus Easy Cleaner for deeper cleaning.

      • Avoid using water, as it can damage the suede.


      - Mesh and Knit

      • Use a soft brush to remove loose dirt.

      • Clean with a mixture of water and Angelus Easy Cleaner.

      • Be gentle to avoid damaging any delicate materials.

      Angelus Sole Bright Before and After

      4. Keeping the Soles Clean and White

      Soles are often the dirtiest part of the sneaker. Here's how to keep them looking good and tackle oxidation:


      Cleaning Soles

      • Use a shoe cleaner to scrub away dirt. For the dirtiest of soles, Angelus All Purpose Foam Cleaner, our strongest cleaner, is sure to do the trick.

      • Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any residue.


      Whitening and Deoxidizing Soles

      Over time, sneaker soles can turn yellow due to oxidation. Whitening, or un-yellowing the soles can restore their original white or clear look using Angelus Sole Bright.



      1. Apply the Sole Bright: Generously apply Angelus Sole Bright to the oxidized areas using a soft brush. Use tape on areas you do not want the sole bright to get on, as it can harm materials other than the sole (leather, plastic, cloth).

      2. Wrap in Plastic: Cover the treated areas with plastic wrap to keep the solution from drying out.

      3. Expose to UV Light: Place your sneakers under a UV light or in direct sunlight for 2-3 hours. The UV exposure helps activate the sole sauce and break down the oxidation.

      4. Wipe Clean: Remove the plastic wrap and wipe off the solution with a damp cloth.

      5. Repeat if Necessary: For stubborn oxidation, you may need to repeat the process a few times.

      Wearing Air Jordan 1s


      5. Storing Your Sneakers

      Proper storage is key to maintaining the shape and appearance of your sneakers.

      Avoid Humidity

      Store your sneakers in a cool, dry place. Excessive humidity can cause mold and mildew.

      Use Shoe Trees

      Insert shoe trees to help maintain the shape of your sneakers. This is especially important for leather shoes.

      Keep Them in Boxes

      Storing your sneakers in their original boxes or using clear plastic containers can protect them from dust and light.


      6. Rotating Your Sneakers

      Wearing the same pair of sneakers every day can lead to quicker wear and tear. Rotate your sneakers to give each pair a break. This not only prolongs their life but also gives them time to air out between wears.

      Angelus Easy Cleaner on shoes

      7. Refreshing Your Sneaker Laces

      Laces can get dirty and worn out over time. Here's how to keep them looking fresh:

      Cleaning Laces

      • Remove the laces and soak them in warm, soapy water.

      • Use a soft brush to scrub away dirt.

      • Rinse thoroughly and let them air dry.

      Replacing Laces

      Sometimes, the best way to refresh your sneakers is to replace the laces altogether. Shop replacement laces to give your sneakers a whole new look.



      8. Deodorizing Your Sneakers

      Keep your shoes smelling fresh with Angelus Deodorizer. This powerful spray offers a quick, effective, and long-lasting solution to combat unpleasant odors. Simply spray the deodorizer inside your shoes and let it work its magic. Ideal for regular use, Angelus Deodorizer ensures your footwear always smells clean and fresh, keeping you confident and comfortable throughout the day. 

      Angelus Leather Repair Filler on Aj4


      9. Repairing Minor Damage

      Minor scuffs and damages on your leather items can often be fixed at home using Angelus products. For scratches, scuffs, and rips, utilize sanding and Angelus Leather Repair Filler to smooth out the surface, then follow up with Angelus Leather Paint to restore the original color and finish. These products provide an effective solution to keep your leather items looking new and well-maintained.



      Wrapping It Up

      Keeping your sneakers looking fresh takes a bit of effort, but it's well worth it. By following these maintenance tips, you can extend the life of your favorite kicks and keep them looking sharp. Remember, the key is consistency. Regular cleaning, proper storage, and a bit of preventive care can go a long way. So, lace up, take care of your sneakers, and keep stepping out in style!

      Happy cleaning!

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