While research into the catastrophic disease – Covid19 is ongoing, we know the virus is transmitted via direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (through coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus.
But do you know that viruses and bacteria can also attach to your shoes? One can run the risk of bringing the virus home through footwear as well.
Cleanliness is a vital factor when it comes to combating the spread of the virus. While casual shoes and slippers are easy to clean, expensive shoes can be tricky to clean. For designer shoes, using a disinfectant spray isn’t an option.
We already know that many of the necessities can be cleaned by using hot soapy water but taking care of luxury footwear is a whole different work altogether. If you want to clean and disinfect luxe shoes at home, follow these simple steps. Make sure you start by wearing disposable or clean gloves:
Do proper Cleaning
Always remember to clean your shoes before disinfecting them. Get rid of the dirt and grime out of the soles and side of the shoes. You can use a brush or wipes to clean this.
Try disinfectant spray
You can use a disinfectant spray made for fabrics on your shoes. It has a lower content of disinfectant chemicals such as acetone and bleach, which can stain and damage fabrics. It’s best to use aerosol sprays to cover the shoes evenly.
Allow them to dry
After applying the disinfectant, you can let your shoes dry at room temperature. Keep it away from the sunlight and wait for it to dry properly before use.
How to clean leather and suede shoes
If you have leather and suede shoes, then you can clean it using a suede eraser. They can be used in removing any kind of dust, dirt or dry stains on suedes and are designed especially for this particular type of leather. You can also use leather cleaners for the same.
Don’t leave them wet
Wet shoes are more prone to bacteria. So, if your shoes get wet, it’s important to dry your shoes properly to make sure you don’t cause any damage or let those germs penetrate.
The best option here is to let your shoes dry naturally. You can also try stuffing shores with tissue paper and newspaper to get rid of extra moisture. If you’re using newspaper, be cautious and avoid paper with dark ink or pictures, as it can stain shoes.