A Guide to Cleaning your White Trainers

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It was only around a decade ago that the 'indie' trend dictated that the dirtier your trainers got (from dark nightclubs and sticky floors) the better they looked, and while a lot of people still claim that leather footwear looks better after a little wear, there's some millions of us that love our favourite white trainers to look box fresh.

So, here's a few ways in which to keep those white trainers brilliantly white.

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What You'll Need: DIY Clean

There's a couple of trusted methods when it comes to cleaning your trainers; the DIY method and the slightly more simple method.

Method One, the DIY clean:

- Baking soda

- Water

- Liquid peroxide

- A small mixing bowl

- An old toothbrush

- Fresh air

- Cloth or towel

1) Brush off any small bits of dirt with a quick wipe over with a cloth or towel

2) Remove your laces in preparation for a full clean

3) Mix a tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon water and 1/2 tablespoon of liquid peroxide in your mixing bowl until it becomes an even paste. It doesn't need to be thick, so add more water if needed

4) Using a toothbrush, gently work the cleaning mixture into all parts of the outside of the shoe, playing close attention the sole and any smaller creases or folds. You don't need to press too hard and you want to avoid damaging the leather / canvas / suede. Work the mixture until dirt begins to fall away from the surface

5) To get the laces clean you could either drop them in the washing machine with your regular load, or add the laces to remaining mixture and let soak

6) Place both the shoes and laces outside in the daylight to let dry. A sunny day would be best as it will help the mixture dry onto your trainers. Leave outside for around 3 to 4 hours

7) Once your 3 to 4 hours are up start by gently clapping both trainers together using the soles. This should start to remove your DIY cleaning mixture. Wipe off the rest of the mixture with a damp cloth and re-lace. That's it!
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Deep Clean - What You'll Need:

Method One, the Deep Clean:

- Water

- A small mixing bowl

- Jason Markk Trainer Cleaning Kit

- Fresh air

- Cloth or towel

1) Lightly knock each sole together to release any lodged dirt or grime from your trainers

2) Using quick wipes from your trainer cleaning set, wipe all around the trainers to remove any superficial dirt. Use the opposite side of the quick wipes for the tougher stains, as this side of the wipe comes slightly more abrasive.

3) Next is on to the sole. Use magic erasers for this part. Submerge the Magic Eraser in a warm bowl of water. Squeeze out excess water and rub over the outsole part of your trainers, but don’t scrub too hard or the sponge may start to disintegrate

4) This starts the deeper cleaning process of this method: wet the bristles of the Jason Markk brush in warm water and apply a few drops of shoe cleaner. Start to work up a lather and scrub the shoe all over. Rinse the brush and reapply a little extra cleaner when necessary.

5) Use an old toothbrush for the hard to reach areas, such as behind the lace eyelets, creases and sole

6) Wipe off with a clean towel, using a soft twisting motion. This will lift any last bits of dirt and water
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Keep on Top of Spot Cleaning

One of the easiest ways to stop your trainers becoming overloaded with dirt and grime so quickly is to regularly spot clean them. Using a damp cloth or cleaning wipe, simply rub the areas that have picked up the daily dirt. Pay close attention to around the heels, toe box and midsole. This will make the longer cleaning process much easier in the first                                                                                                                        place! 
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Prevention is Key

Once the cleaning process is complete, and you're happy with your trainers' sparkling appearance, make sure you give them a light coating with a protector spray. Scotchgard is the most recognisable of these products and once dry it gives a protective barrier between daily grime and your favourite trainers. A water-resistant layer is formed on top of your trainers, which makes liquids roll right off the surface, also making it much easier to clean off small stains and unwanted dirt.
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Relace Them

Brand new laces can instantly lift the appearance of a worn-out looking pair of trainers. Removing the laces and giving them a good clean with detergent, or simply replacing altogether should give a crispy white effect that you can only get from a shop-bought fresh pair of trainers
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