The best way to clean white shoes

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by flipflop, 18 Jul 2012.

  1. flipflop

    flipflop Cycling, the healthiest form of self harm I know!

    For all lovers of white cycling shoes ( I know your'e out there hiding in the closet somewhere!)

    After getting caught in a rain storm while in my pristine shoes with only lycra overshoes ( In this summer what was I thinking!) I arrived back and looked on in despair as I peeled of my sodden overshoes to reveal a blackened grimy mess of what was once a glowing white pristine pair of Northwaves.
    I have since hand washed them with Ace bleach and all I can say is WOW! They are virtually brand new again.
    All I did was pour in on neat and leave for a minute or two ( watch it magically foam up and lift all manner of oily road and grime detritus out)

    Then I rinsed in a warm mix of washing power and swished them round followed by a clean rinse and hey presto.

    JUST BE SURE TO WEAR MARIGOLDS AS THIS STUFF CAN BURN A BIT WHEN NEAT.

    This stuff is great, I use it on all of my kit on a gentle 30 degree wash cycle and it gets everything spotless.

    Just saying
     
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  2. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Any tips for cleaning a grimy white leather saddle?
     
  3. Monsieur Remings

    Monsieur Remings Veteran

    Location:
    Yatton UK
    Yep, same here...
     
  4. OP
    OP
    flipflop

    flipflop Cycling, the healthiest form of self harm I know!

    For spot marks try white toothpaste and an old toothbrush, wash of with a VERY mild detergent immediately afterwards.

    (I now feel like one of them old birds off "how clean is your house")
     
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  5. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    Cheers! Will try your method! :thumbsup:
    You just gave me an idea (saddle is really dirty): toothpaste=bicarbonate of soda. Will also try a solution of that with warm water,
     
  6. Leave it - it's called 'patina' and it shows you're riding....
     
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  7. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    No, it shown the previous owner never cleaned her saddle :sad:
     
  8. Scoosh

    Scoosh Velocouchiste Moderator

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    If you want to clean white handlebar tape - WD40 :ohmy: (unbelievable - but true ;))
     
  9. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    No: I would like to clean a white leather saddle! :thanks:
     
  10. Glass Kites

    Glass Kites Active Member

    Location:
    Chester
    Might give this a try - just hoping that it isn't a cruel joke I've missed and that my hands will actually slip off the handlebars when descending next!
     
  11. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    Got some new white disco shoes for crimbo so be trying these tips out just to also add my fluo yellow SPD shoes I got for my CX bike come up not bad with the jet wash
     
  12. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    Similar to the material of my white (ish) road shoes.
    If Mr M gets any marks on the white bit on his golf bag nail varnish remover brings it up like new.
     
  13. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    hmm does that not lift the coating of the leather/ faux leather ?
     
  14. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Midlands
    Baby wipes.
     
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  15. Throw them in the washing machine.
     
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