Jordans shoes are iconic and expensive compared to most of the market. Keeping them crease-free and clean can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are the methods you can use to keep your Jordans in near-mint condition.
The Basics | Maintenance
When it comes to maintaining your Jordans, “Just Do It” regularly. According to WikiHow, To clean your Air Jordans, remove surface dirt and stains regularly. Deep clean your shoes when needed using dishwashing soap such as dawn and a shoe brush, with soft-medium bristles depending on the fabric/material used. Clean or replace your laces often to keep your shoes looking brand new. When deodorizing your Air Jordans, grab 2-3 teabags and place them in your shoe. You can also use vinegar from a spray or the classic baking soda.Below are methods you can use to keep your Jordans in tip-top shape, provided by WikiHow.
Method 1 | The Wipe | Basic “Light” Cleaning
- Remove dust and dirt | To do this, take both Jordans and slap the soles together, removing any loosened dust or dirt in your shoe. These steps should be done on easy-to-clean flooring or outside, as this can get messy. It is surprising what can be lurking in your shoe.
- Wipe Out | You can use a paper towel to wipe any visible dust and dirt.
- The Finer Details | Using a toothbrush allows you to get the fine details of the shoe. The toothbrush lets you reach corners and creases you wouldn’t have been able to with a wipe.
- It Takes Sole | Take a damp cloth or sponge soaked with warm water to clean for this step. Wipe down the upper and mid-soles of your shoes, removing any marks or stains. For an easier cleaning for the mid-sole, you can use a magic eraser cleaning pad to get that brighter-deeper clean.
- Spot Clean On-The-Go | You can purchase specifically made wipes for cleaning sneakers on amazon, or you can use baby wipes. These should be your first line of defense whenever you encounter a situation where things might get messy. Use these wipes in a pinch when you get dirt, dust, or grime on them, as the sooner you clean them, the better.
Method 2 | The Scrub | Deep Cleaning
- Scrub Up, Soap Up | Use cold water to scrub with a wettened shoe brush and an added few drops of dishwashing liquid. With your wettened and soapy brush, scrub your entire shoe. The shoe might require you to wet the brush and reapply soap when very dirty. For those hard-to-reach areas, use a toothbrush.
- Cold Rinse | Now is the time to rinse the soap off your shoes. Do this in the sink under a low-flow stream of cold water. DO NOT use hot water, as this can damage the material and glue on your shoes.
- Shake, Shake, Shake | Give your shoes a good shake, as this allows excess water to dart off of the shoes. Then squeeze the shoe, and pat them down using a dry paper towel, removing any excess water.
- FAN-tastic | This last step requires you to place your wet Air Jordans in front of an electric fan, allowing them to dry. Use a fan to dry the shoe and prevents any water damage to your shoe. Do not use a hair dryer or heat gun to dry your shoes or place them near heat sources, as it can damage the glue binding the shoe and cause the material to warp.
Method 3 | Lace Up | The Finishing Touch
- Welcome To The Machine | Place your shoelaces in the washing machine using a gentle but cold water setting. Laces should not be placed loose. Instead, put it in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase. Make sure to tie the bag or pillow case, as you do not want your laces flying around getting destroyed or tangled.
- A Good Soak | Mix the laces in a small bowl with warm water and roughly one tablespoon of detergent. Now place laces in the bowl, and mix them for around ten seconds. Let the laces soak for twenty minutes. Remove the laces, rinse them under warm water, and place them on a towel to air dry.
- Out With The Old | As an extreme measure when dealing with laces, buy new ones. Laces will inevitably get to the point of no return, where you can’t save them anymore. If they become too soiled or tattered, the only reasonable choice is to replace them. New laces can make even an old pair look new again. Find ones that match your color scheme online or in-store and lace up.
Method 4 | Deodorize | The Refresher
- Teabagging | Tea bags are a classic method of removing odor from your shoes. When attempting to remove the stank in your shoe, take 2-3 teabags to remove the smell. The tea bags require at least 24 hours inside your shoes to be effective. The tea bags absorb moisture from your shoes because they can create an environment for odor-causing bacteria. When choosing tea bags, the fresh kind, such as peppermint or lavender, will work best, especially in clean-smelling shoes.
- Spray Em | This requires you to make an effective but easy solution to put in a spray bottle. Get a new spray bottle and mix a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. Do not use other varieties of vinegar, as this will ruin your shoe. Spray liberally but not too liberally and dry them off in front of an electric fan, do not put them near a heat source.
- Baking Soda I Got Baking Soda | DO NOT cover your Jordans with baking soda, as this can cause some materials to become brittle and break over time. Start by pouring a tablespoon of baking soda into a coffee filter, dryer sheet, or cloth. Then tie your baking soda ball together with a rubber band or piece of elastic. Pack one of these bundles inside your shoe for 24 hours to freshen them. If your shoe smell is severe, place 2-3 deodorizing balls in each shoe. Place one of these bundles inside each shoe for approximately 24 hours to freshen them.
Keeping your Jordans clean doesn’t have to be a struggle, follows these methods and your shoes will be looking like new. These 8 references were used for this article. .