How to Clean Shoe Laces

Dirty, muddy and stained shoe laces can spoil the graceful and stylish look of your expensive shoes, but if that is the case, why should you spend time and money on searching and buying another pair of laces? You can simply clean them up.
Although chemical-based techniques may tear the threads and braiding of your laces, there are several household techniques to make your shoe laces look like new again. Here is the safest way to cleaning shoe laces and making them shine like new ones.


Step-by-Step Instructions

➢ Make a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 glass of water.
➢ Remove the laces and soak them in the mixture for at least 15 minutes.
➢ Now squeeze the laces and rinse them under running water.
➢ Rub dish washing soap on the laces and rub them with each other gently. Use a soft brush or old toothbrush to remove old stains and dirt stuck inside the threads.
➢ Rinse them under running water again.
➢ Finally, sprinkle baking soda on the laces and leave for 10 minutes. This step will whiten the laces. If you are washing colored laces, then skip this step.
➢ The last step is to rinse the laces again.
➢ Don’t squeeze the laces now as the softened threads might tear.
➢ To drain every water drop from the laces, hold one end of the lace and run your hand down to the other end while pressing the lace.


Shoe Lace Cleaning Don’ts

➢ Don’t put laces in any electronic machine like a washing machine or dryer.
➢ Avoid all bleaching agents and detergents.
➢ Don’t expose laces to heat in order to dry them. Avoid exposing them to ironing or other heating equipments. Shoe laces take almost 3 hours to completely dry in natural temperature.


Although shoe laces are quite cheap, but you don’t always get the right pair or design for your favorite shoes. Thus, these tips will help you make your old shoe laces brand new without damaging a single thread.

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