This article mainly addresses yellow stains that usually occur in white CANVAS type sneakers such as Converse, Vans, Adidas superstar slip-ons, Comme Des Garcons and etc. Whether your shoe is on the cheap side or pricey side, the yellow stain problem is unfortunately inevitable, however, Sneakstreetph breaks down this problem and gives you 4 easy ways on how to address it.
- PREVENTION IS KEY
Don’t wait for your beautiful pristine white sneakers to turn yellow, act fast! Sun exposure is one of the biggest cause of discoloration and since we live in a hot tropical country (ehem ehem, Manila heat) make sure to store your sneakers where there is no direct sunlight. Also, if you have the budget, investing on shoe cleaning products such as sprays, mousses and water protectants can help prevent yellow stains.
2. AVOID THE RAIN
In Manila, the weather can be so erratic. One day it’s extremely hot and humid then before you know it, it’s already raining cats and dogs. White canvas type sneakers heavily soaked in rain have a slim chance of returning back to its old form. If you’re thinking of braving the heavy rains while wearing your favorite white canvas type sneaker, don’t do it, it’s not worth it. We recommend having a water resistant shoe spray handy.
- SAY NO TO THE BLEACH
Ever wondered why your sneaker turned yellow immediately after using detergent? It’s because most detergents have bleach on them (Tide etc) and it will cause those stubborn yellow stains. Make sure to use detergents that don’t have bleach on them, there are plenty in the market but in Manila specifically, you can by Ariel Power Gel available in leading supermarkets.
- DO THIS DIY CLEANING MIXTURE
Mix baking soda, warm water, lemon (Calamansi will also do) and a small amount of detergent (again, without bleach) to make a paste then get an old toothbrush and get to scrubbing! The pasta will dry up after a few minutes of application, wash with damp cloth after and let it air-dry without direct sunlight.
That’s it, you’re white sneakers are good as new! If you’re too lazy to do all of that, don’t worry! You can just take your sneakers to shoe cleaning service centers and let them do all the dirty work. For more insider sneaker tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter.
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