How to remove mold from shoes?

When preparing shoes for the new season, you may encounter an unpleasant surprise. White coating on shoes, easily noticeable especially on a black shoe, may turn out to be mold. Sometimes the raid color is gray, greenish or brown. You will certainly recognize it by the unpleasant musty smell characteristic of basements. Such mold can be found on both natural and plastic footwear. How to deal with her? How to remove mold from shoes?

Where does mold on shoes come from?

The formation of mold is favored by moist conditions in which the shoes are used or stored. The mold-causing factor is long-term storage of wet footwear, which after getting wet has not been thoroughly dried, but also keeping shoes in damp places, e.g. in the basement. The formation of mold occurs due to the proliferation of saprophytic fungi. Their mycelium develops on the footwear, covering it with a "sheepskin coat", a harmful mold phenomenon.

How to get rid of mold from shoes?

If prevention has failed and mold has formed on the footwear, there are ways to get rid of it. A proven way to remove mold is the ecological method using vinegar with water . Beforehand, it's a good idea to clean the mold with a dry, hard shoe brush. This should be done gently so that the mold does not penetrate deeper. The residue is best removed with a damp cloth. Proper cleaning consists in washing your shoes with a vinegar-water solution mixed in a 1: 1 ratio. It is recommended to dry the footwear with a paper towel or a dry cloth. Such cleaned shoes should be left to dry in a well-ventilated room, preferably in autumn and winter near the radiator (but not on it or under it, so that the shoes do not deform). Another method is the use of turpentine oil and glycerin. First, spray the oil on the surface of the shoe, then rub the glycerin into the leather upper.

The above methods will not work, however, in the case of suede or material shoes. Here you should use spirit or other high-percentage alcohol or ammonia water (a solution of ammonia with water). There is no guarantee, however, that cleaning mold with such demanding material will succeed. Remember to be careful and do not repeat this treatment many times, as high-percentage alcohol may dry out the skin, resulting in the destruction of footwear.

If, despite the best efforts, the mold has not disappeared or reappeared and the shoes smell musty, you can try to use a stronger agent or give the shoes to the shoemaker. However, it is best to avoid proper care and maintenance of footwear to avoid this unpleasant phenomenon. The final, but most often chosen solution is the purchase of new footwear. So if your old boots have moldy and you do not want to fight the coating, you may like the black flat boots with buckles Y225 or Marquiz Warm black fur bags . For men, we recommend Jodhpur boots , e.g. Moskała brown leather boots or leather shoes with Nikopol 702 zipper .

How to avoid mold on shoes?

  • Clean shoes after each use, preferably with a brush and clean water.
  • Also wash the inside of the shoe and wash the insoles.
  • Wet footwear should be dried slowly, preferably at room temperature, in a ventilated room or outdoors. Do not dry shoes on the radiator or with a hair dryer, as this may cause cracking or deformation of the footwear.
  • For footwear care, use appropriately designed products. Grain leather needs oiling. Suede and nubuck can not be treated with pastes and creams for grain leather. When the shoes are made of waterproof materials, proper impregnation and waxing of footwear is needed.
  • Metal elements in footwear, e.g. laces and eyelet laces should not be greased so that they do not rust.
  • It is recommended to avoid washing shoes in the washing machine.

How do you store your shoes so that they don't mold?

The proper storage of shoes is not without significance for the prevention of the mold phenomenon on footwear. Always keep shoes clean and dry in cabinets. It is best to take care of the shoe shape by using boards or other fillers such as cardboard or newspapers. To protect footwear against dust, deformations and at the same time not clutter the interior, manufacturers offer different storage methods. Depending on the available space, shoes can be stored in shoe cabinets, organizers, wardrobes. On the market there are various options for storing shoes indoors: on shelves, rails, ladders, racks. Additionally, you can protect shoes while maintaining order using one of the solutions listed below:

  • Wooden boxes - they are an ideal place for storing shoes, they provide a relatively long shelf life compared to cardboard boxes. They offer enough space, protect against light and ensure adequate air circulation. They are recommended by producers of the highest quality footwear.
  • Shoe boxes - inexpensive way, easily accessible form, in the stores you will find both cardboard, plastic and material.
  • Pouches - we will save space, but will not ensure adequate separation from other footwear in the wardrobe. There are even scented pouches on the market.
  • Hangers - a good solution for boots and high shoes by fastening uppers with clips. It is best to secure, e.g. with cardboard under the clip, so that it does not leave an imprint on leather footwear.
  • Organizers for the door or wardrobe wall - an inexpensive solution. Made of fabric, organizers with sewn-on pockets help keep your wardrobe organized.

If you follow the above tips, you will properly care for and store your footwear, then mold will most likely not attack them. If this occurs, however, our tips on removing mold from shoes should be useful. Otherwise, the time will come for a new purchase - some model will definitely catch your eye on!