The sole of my rubber sneakers is discoloured and no longer white. How do I go about it?
Discolouration of a white sole sneaker is inevitable. I’ve never seen a pair of white-soled sneakers that didn’t turn dingy, dirty and anything-but-white in less than a month or two. So what happens after this? Do I need to purchase a new pair? That isn’t necessary.
Discolouration of the rubber on your shoes is often caused by a buildup of dirt and grime, and while it may make them look worn to you, you can revitalize your shoes with a bit of effort. Cleaning the rubber soles on your shoes can keep them looking newer longer, and save you from needing to buy another pair for some time.
Here are some few tips to getting your discoloured sole back to white.
Nail Polish Remover: Yep! You read right. Nail polish remover works wonders. Simply soak a few cotton balls with a generous amount of nail polish remover and scrub the white rubber soles of your sneakers until they look nice and white. Be careful not to get the polish remover on any part of the fabric to avoid discolouring. Then watch as your white sole looks brand new.
Baking Soda and Detergent: Use a toothbrush to brush off the dirt on the sole, then mix a teaspoon of both in a small bowl (make sure you are using a detergent that contains no bleaching agents). Then use the toothbrush to apply the mix onto the sole of the sneakers. Like the first method, avoid applying onto any of the fabric. After this, get a wet foam or cloth and clean off the mixture on the shoe. Then place outside to dry.
Soap Water: This involves soaking your rubber sole in soap water. Get a big pan that your sneakers can fit in. Fill your pan with a little water that is about the size of your sole, then add some liquid soap. Soak the sole for about 15-20 minutes. Then use a toothbrush to scrub off the dirt and dry off with a wet foam or cloth.
Rock your white sole again!