Wearing high heels definitely has advantages. High heels can even boost your career growth. But these advantages are diminished if the high heels are dirty. Wearing not-so-clean high heels can put you in bad light. So cleaning and maintaining high heels properly and that too on a regular basis gives you the natural advantages which comes with heels.
We are discussing some of the steps you can undertake to clean and maintain different types of high heels.
1 Cleaning leather high heels
Wipe the high heels with a dry wiping cloth to remove dirt and mud, if any, from the surface of the leather.
Moisten a piece of sponge with warm water. Shake off the excess water from the sponge so that it is just barely damp.
Wipe the leather part of the high heel with the barely damp sponge until all of the dirt is gone. If the footwear is really dirty, you may need to use a clean sponge for each high heel or properly wash the sponge before moving on to the next shoe.
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Moisten a wiping cloth with warm water. Then dip this piece of cloth into baking soda and use it to gently scrub off any scuff marks from the high heels. After this, wipe the shoe with a clean, damp cloth so as to remove the baking soda residue, if any. Do not forget to buff the high heels with a dry wiping cloth after this.
Instead of baking soda, you may use vinegar to clean the high heels if you prefer. Add few drops of vinegar in a cotton cloth and then clean the high heels using that cloth.
After cleaning the high heels, apply leather conditioner to the shoes. You may need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using leather conditioner, as this varies among products. Conditioning the leather is essential to restore moisture lost during the extensive cleaning process.
2 Cleaning satin and cloth high heels
Wipe the shoes with a dry wiping cloth to remove dirt and mud, if any.
Moisten a piece of wiping cloth with regular water. Dab the wiping cloth onto any dirty spots of the high heels, using a downward motion and following the grain of the satin fabric. Use a clean part of the cloth after each blot to avoid reapplying dirt back to the shoes! Don’t rub the cloth over the fabric, because this will mostly spread the dirt around on the shoes.
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Put a drop of dish washing liquid onto a piece of damp wiping cloth if the dirt is not coming out with water alone. Rub the wiping cloth together to create a lather, and then use this cloth to blot the dirt from the high heels. Then rinse the soapy areas of the shoes by blotting with a clean wiping cloth and regular water.
Remove the water remnants from the high heels with a dry wiping cloth or towel by soaking it up.
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3 Cleaning suede high heels
Make the high heels dry if they are wet in the first place. This is because trying to clean wet suede can in fact make them dirtier. This may take away all your happiness about owning that fabulous suede high heels!
Once the suede is dry, rub a pencil eraser over any dirt marks on the suede. Use a light back and forth motion when rubbing, by avoiding pushing too hard.
If you have a used toothbrush ready to be thrown out, you can use it here. Scrub the suede material with the clean, dry toothbrush to restore the nap that was flattened during the cleaning process. Brush briskly over the suede till the nap is restored.
a Do not let the shoes dry on its own. Always use a dry and clean wiping cloth to make them dry. Water spots and streaks may form if you allow it air dry. If a wiping cloth is not enough, you can use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting.
b Disinfect your high heels using a disinfectant spray. Kill the bacteria which are causing the foul odour inside your high heels. Always remember that your toe area sweat a lot when wearing high heels.
c Never wear high heels and walk on bad roads or difficult surroundings.
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d High heels with studded stones need to be kept inside a shoe cover when not in use. This is because stones lose their shine due to dust. It is a good idea to clean them after every use and then keep inside a shoe cover.