DIY tricks to clean and store your shoes

When you invest a good portion of money into your shoe wardrobe, it’s important to maintain their appearance. Good storage solutions and some simple tricks to cleaning your shoes will keep them in pristine condition. We’ve put together some DIY tricks to clean and store your shoes.

Hello dream shoe wardrobe
Hello dream shoe wardrobe

Storage is the best way to keep your shoes in the best condition when not being worn. All of us dream of having a Carrie Bradshaw shoe wardrobe, but in reality we sometimes don’t have the space or enough shoes to warrant such a room. If you have a walk in wardrobe, why not invest in a low shoe rack so that your shoes always have a place to go. The shoe rack should be for shoes that you wear a lot. Any shoes that are worn for special occasions should be stored in a shoe box or a place where they will be protected from dust and moths.

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If you don’t have a walk in wardrobe, why not invest in some shelves from Ikea and showcase your shoes on a wall?

Ikea Shoe Shelf
Ikea Shoe Shelf

A shoe cabinet can not only protect your shoes, but hide them away for a simple clutter free solution.

3 Drawer Timber Shoe Cabinet
3 Drawer Timber Shoe Cabinet

If you need extra space to store your shoes, why not invest in some under bed storage bags?

Underbed Shoe Storage
Underbed Shoe Storage

For a DIY solution, use 100mm PVC pipe and build your own shoe storage shelves. The great thing about this idea is you can tailor-make it to suit the number of shoes that need to be stored or add a new piece of pipe for when you buy more shoes to add to your collection.

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A shoe storage ottoman is a great out of sight, out of mind storage solution and can be an elegant piece of furniture in the master bedroom.

Shoe Storage Ottoman
Shoe Storage Ottoman

With the storage solutions sorted out, the next issue is to clean those shoes so you can get more lift in them.

For patent and synthetic based shoes, use a similar colour nail polish to paint over indent marks.

Vaseline will wipe away any scuff marks on your patent heels.

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If you have scuff marks or mud on your suede shoes, a nail file or toothbrush can be used to brush the marks away.

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Sneakers can usually be washed in the washing machine. Just make sure that they are put with the darks if they are brightly coloured. In between washes, baking soda sprinkled into the soles will prevent them from building an odour.

If your leather boots have faded at the toes due to wearing them in the rain or snow, dab the water stains with vinegar. Once the vinegar has dried, rub a moisturizer into the leather to make them look as good as new.

Shine shoes with moisturiser
Shine shoes with moisturiser

Grass and mud stains on satin shoes can be really hard to get out. The best solution is to dab at the heel with a damp cloth using water. If the stain is stubborn, use a little bit of dishwashing detergent to work into the stain. Make sure you don’t get a lather because too much soap can stain the shoes. Once the marks are out, use the low setting on a hair dryer to gently dry the heel.

It’s always important to try shoes on and donate any that no longer fit. While feet usually stop growing at adolescence, if you are pregnant, feet can swell and expand up half a size. To expand tight shoes, fill two zip lock bags with water and place them inside each shoe. Place the shoes in the freezer and the water in the bags will freeze and stretch your shoes so they aren’t so tight.

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How do you store your shoes at home? Which cleaning tip is going save a pair of shoes from being thrown into the bin?

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