Everyone has memories of the first time they got their hands on their first pair of Jordans. Set aside that the sneakers were worn by the greatest basketball player ever, there’s just something special about them. They’re classic and still rocking, and will never go out of style.
Even if you’re not a sneakerhead, it’s disrespectful to let your Jordans get shabby, dirty, or looking fake! If you go out in public with shoes that look abused or neglected, you’ll get a lot of dirty looks from sneaker aficionados.
Knowing how to clean Jordans is every owner’s responsibility because these aren’t your regular sneakers. You always have to keep them looking fresh and clean.
Here are some tips on cleaning Jordans the right way.
Invest in a Shoe Cleaner Kit
While soap and water can also get the job done, they can sometimes compromise the material or the color of your sneakers. The faded look only works on jeans. For Jordans, you always want the colors to pop.
We highly advise that you invest in a shoe cleaner kit if you’re serious about keeping your Jordan choices looking “dead stock.” It’s going to pay for itself by extending the lifespan of your sneakers.
It comes with everything that you’ll need such as a soft shoe brush and sometimes a microfiber cloth. Most importantly, you’ll have an effective shoe cleaner solution that’s engineered to give you the best results.
How to Clean Jordans Like a Sneakerhead
Follow these steps to clean Jordan shoes with your cleaning kit.
1. Remove Inserts and Shoelaces
Remove any detachable parts such as inserts, accessories, and shoelaces. You can wash the laces manually or in a washing machine and let them air dry after.
2. Use the Cleaning Solution for the Sneaker Uppers and Inserts
Always follow the instructions on your shoe cleaner kit. Also, check the compatibility since some cleaners are designed for only one type of material (leather, canvas, etc.)
Usually, you’ll have to dilute the cleaning solution with water. Clean the inside and outside of your sneakers and both sides of the insoles with the solution and the shoe brush.
Use a soft cloth if the shoe material is delicate. For the soles, you can use a hard brush to dislodge the dirt and mud.
Once you’re satisfied, rinse everything with clean water.
3. Pat Your Shoes Down With a Paper Towel and Let Them Air Dry
One trick you can do is to stuff your Jordans with paper towels so they can retain their shape. Just remember to replace the paper towels periodically as they soak up the water.
4. Finishing Touches
Once everything is dry, you can put back the inserts and the shoelaces. You may need to wipe down the midsoles with magic eraser cleaning pads to get rid of stains or marks.
Baking soda is great for deodorizing your shoes. Put a tablespoon inside a coffee filter or a piece of cloth and tie them up into a bundle. Put a bundle inside each shoe for 24 hours for a fresh smell.
Keep Your Jordans Looking Fly
Now that you know how to clean Jordans, take out your Air Jordan VI “Infrared”, Air Jordan I, and other classics from storage and make them immaculate. Be a game-changer in the sneaker community!
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