There are a number of reasons we want the shoes we buy to last us a long time: we don’t want to go through the effort of buying new ones; a good pair of sneakers or boots can be expensive; caring for our shoes is not only financially beneficial, but it will make our closet look more organized. Learning to store and clean shoes properly guarantees our shoes will last longer and look better. How to Clean Your Shoes Before Storing Them Before storing your shoes—long term or short term—it’s recommended to clean them. Shoes are different materials that require different methods of cleaning. Materials to construct shoes can include fabrics, leather, suede, velvet and other materials. Before cleaning your shoes, look at the material and then determine what you need to clean them. Cleaning Shoes Made of Fabric Throwing any pair of shoes into the washer, even fabric shoes, is not a good idea. Most shoes are assembled with glue that will not withstand the washer for long. Instead, wipe down your fabric shoe with a dry paper towel to eliminate loose surface dirt or dust.Once the surface is clean, you can start scrubbing the shoes. The brush you use should have soft bristles that won’t pull the shoe’s fabric. To scrub the shoe, you can use shoe cleaner, but it’s not necessary to purchase shoe cleaner. Liquid dish soap can also clean a pair of fabric shoes. Regardless of what you use to clean your shoes, it’s vital to let your shoe dry properly before storing. Wet shoes can get moldy and start falling apart. Cleaning Shoes Made of Leather Leather shoes also don’t require purchasing shoe cleaner. Using a solution of water and white vinegar works to remove stains. Avoid using a brush on leather shoes to prevent scratching. Clean your leather shoe with a soft cloth and rub off marks gently.To restore the shine on your leather shoes, you can use commercial polish or glass cleaner. Apply the glass cleaner on a ...
September 15th, 2021
In 2020, everything is different. From the landscape of American businesses to the unusual presidential election, so many of us across the country have had to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, and this school year is no different. Now that this academic year is well underway for schools throughout the country, we understand that children must participate in online virtual learning in some capacity, whether it be full-time or for certain classes and clubs. How has at-home learning been for you and your family? If you didn’t answer with an enthusiastic nod, you’re not alone. At-home learning can be tough for anyone, not just the participating child. Teachers, administrators, and parents must also be flexible and accommodating. Perhaps so many of us at home are struggling because of a lack of organization and a less-than-ideal home office setup. Working in a space that’s conducive to learning, comfortable, and devoid of distractions can sometimes make all the difference in the world. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help make your family’s virtual learning experience the best it can be. Tips for Setting Up a Productive Learning Space at Home Here are some realistic suggestions that can help you set up a great home learning space for your child to study, do homework, or attend online classes. Separate Your Child’s Work Space from Their Bedroom One of the most important components of a healthy work-from-home setup is making sure your child’s home office is not the same as their bedroom or play area. Separating their downtime from their work time and creating a room that will induce a sense of productivity and efficiency is vital. When your child steps into their home office, they should immediately be put in a productive headspace. Likewise, once they leave, they should then go back to feeling calm and relaxed. Of course, not every family has the space to spread out in this way. If you fit into that category, try to get creative! Perhaps you can wall off ...
October 5th, 2020