cleaning second hand shoes

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Buying used shoes does more than save you money. It allows you to rock vintage footwear that you can’t find on racks of new shoes. Plus, when the shoes have already been broken in, they’re less likely to give you blisters or rub your skin away.

One of the downsides of buying used shoes is that they might have dirt, grime, or scuff marks on them. Even if they’re in pristine condition, you might want to disinfect them before you wear them. You don’t know where they’ve been before.

Here are some tips for cleaning the interior and exterior of used shoes so that they look and feel as though they’ve always been yours.

How to Clean Used Shoes

Some people are wary about purchasing footwear that has been on other people’s feet. But wearing used shoes is not a health hazard. In fact, shopping for pre-owned shoes has several benefits.

You’ll save money. Used shoes are usually cheaper than new ones. Many are in great shape. Think of those shoes that you bought to go with a specific outfit but never really wore. If you donated those or sold them on consignment, someone else was probably thrilled to find them in an almost-new condition.

You can often find designer shoes at a fraction of the original price when they’re used. Buying pre-owned footwear is also a great way to snag rare, vintage pieces.

Purchasing second-hand shoes is good for the environment. It’s an excellent way to recycle, reducing carbon emissions, and keeping garbage out of landfills.

How to Disinfect Used Shoes

Germs are everywhere, including in your shoes. You can even find bacteria in new shoes. Therefore, you shouldn’t be afraid to buy pre-owned shoes. But you might want to disinfect them before you wear them.

On average, the soles of a pair of shoes are coated with 421,000 bacteria. Almost all of those germs end up on your floors when you walk on them. But bacteria aren’t only found on the outside of your shoes.

Your socks contain plenty of pathogenic material. Whoever wore your shoes before you bought them loaded them up with some germs. Therefore, you might want to clean the inside and the outside of your new-to-you footwear before you put it on.

1. Give the insides of the shoe a good spray with an anti-bacterial spray.  I like to use Glen 20, which deodorises and kills germs and bacteria.  It also dries clear without a sticky residue so it’s less likely to damage the shoe.  Be particularly careful with fabric shoes as the spray may stain or discolour the finish of the shoe.  Try to keep the spray confined to the inside of the shoe if you can.

2. After I’ve given the shoe a good spray, I’ll put them outside in the sun for a few hours.  Sunlight is a great anti-bacterial agent, and a bit of sun will help to kill off any residual nasties.

And that’s it.  After this process, my shoes are usually ready for their debut trip out on the town.

If you have any questions about cleaning or buying second-hand clothing, feel free to drop me a line.  I’d be happy to try to answer them.

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