How to Disinfect Shoes During the COVID-19 Outbreak #article

How to Disinfect Shoes During the COVID-19 Outbreak #article

Fact: shoes get dirty. We’re taking lots of precautions with washing our hands, wearing gloves, and masks, and social distancing, but is it possible that we are overlooking an area of weakness -- our shoes?

According to the CDC, coronavirus can travel on shoes. While it is unlikely that you would step in coronavirus and bring it inside, it is a risk. If you don’t already, consider cleaning your shoes after wear. Not only will it prevent the spread of germs coming into your house, but it will also extend the life of your shoes as they will be better taken care of in the long run.

How to Clean Canvas Shoes and Sneakers

Shoes and supportive sneakers made of fabric like canvas are the next best to wash. You can simply throw them in the washing machine by themselves with hot water and a strong laundry detergent. Coronavirus can be killed with soap alone, but if you are concerned about other contaminants, you can add Clorox bleach to the cycle.  

For whites, regular bleach will serve to make them whiter and for colors, you should get a color-safe form of bleach to prevent fading. When handling bleach or any shoes or clothes that you believe might be contaminated, be sure to wear gloves to protect yourself. If you prefer to use a more natural disinfectant, opt for white vinegar instead of bleach. The acetic acid in white vinegar can also kill bacteria and viruses.

How to Clean Synthetic Shoes

Shoes made of plastic like Crocs and flip-flops are the easiest to clean, so are recommended if you are heading to the grocery store. You can easily slide them on and off before and after going outside. When you get home, wash them with soap and warm water. You can wipe them with a Clorox wipe or a mixture of 70% alcohol and water. You can even use a bit of hand sanitizer on a paper towel to wipe them down. Leave them for ten minutes to let them fully disinfect. 

How to Clean Leather and Patent Leather Shoes

Leather shoes need a lighter touch with cleaning because you don’t want to ruin them. You will want to avoid suede shoes entirely during this period as they are very hard to clean. To clean leather boots or shoes, first test a spot inside the shoe with a bit of soap and water. Getting leather wet can affect its appearance, so it’s important to test all cleaning products in an out-of-sight area first. 

Lightly clean the exterior of the leather shoes, including the soles with soap and water. Then, create a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water and gently rub this over the shoes, including the soles. You can also use a mixture of 70% alcohol and water to spot treat any stains and disinfect the soles. You will want to finish with a leather conditioner to polish and restore moisture to your shoes. Your leather shoes should be shining and beautifully clean by now! 

 

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