There’s nothing like that new sneaker feeling. Knowing how to clean leather sneakers lets you maintain that, even while wearing your Koios every day (because you will).
First Things First: Prevent
You can protect your Koios from rain and stains, pre-wear. Crep Protect Spray is everything. Its hydrophobic nano-technology creates an invisible coating that repels liquids and dirt. The simplest to use. To keep long-lasting clean sneakers, set a reminder on your phone to repeat once a month. You do not need to pretreat your shoes before the first wear, but we do recommend it to prevent long-term stains!
For Deeper Cleaning Leather
Consisting of a 7-ounce bottle of 98% natural cleaning solution made with coconut extracts and jojoba, premium bristle brush, and micro-fiber towel (all in a convenient travel kit), the Crep Protect Cure Kit is the way to go.
Following these tips will help yield the cleanest sneakers:
- Before anything, stuff your shoes with Koio shoe trees to minimize creasing during cleaning.
- Also, make sure to throw the Crep Protect micro-fiber towel in the wash prior to use. This will rid the towel of any loose fibers that could transfer to the shoe during the cleaning process.
- Remember to fill a small bowl with warm (not hot!) water.
Here’s how to clean leather sneakers for the best results:
- Wet the towel with water and rub away excess dirt and debris from the sneaker.
- Add a small amount of cleaning solution to the bowl of warm water, stir, and soak a part of the microfiber towel. You can use the Crep Protect Cure Kit for the cleaning solution or household soap.
- Using the wrung out, damp towel, gently rub off dirt and stains.
- Pat the clean sneakers dry with the dry part of the towel and then allow the shoe to fully air dry.
- Use a magic sponge to remove tough stains.
For Cleaning Suede and Nubuck
The Crep Protect Cure Kit is also a great choice for cleaning suede and nubuck Koios; there’s just a bit more restraint, patience, and finesse required. For these materials, spot treating is also highly recommended.
Follow this regimen for maximum effectiveness:
- Just like leather, only use warm water in a small bowl.
- Add a small amount of cleaning solution to the bowl, stir, and soak a part of the microfiber towel.
- Using the wrung out, damp towel, gently rub the affected nubuck and suede in a circular motion, until the dirt/stain is minimized or gone altogether.
- Pat the newly cleaned sneakers dry with the dry part of the towel and then allow the shoe to fully air dry.
- If necessary, also use a suede eraser to treat the affected area.
- Once completely dry, take the dry Crep Protect premium brush and gently brush the suede and nubuck in both directions to restore the texture without causing damage.
**Rubbing too hard risks uprooting the suede from the shoe and causing permanent damage and/or discoloration.**
For Cleaning Canvas, Nylon, Mesh and Rubber
These are the easiest materials to clean. (Here’s looking at you, shoe soles).
Just repeat these steps as frequently as necessary:
- Add warm water to a small bowl.
- Add a generous amount of cleaning solution to the brush.
- Dip the brush into the bowl of water.
- Brush the shoes in a circular motion, creating a lather.
- Use the microfiber towel to wipe away the excess foam.
- Allow your shoes to air dry.
** Feel free to brush as vigorously as you want, depending on the severity of the stain **
Shoe trees: they preserve the shape of Koios better than anything else. Those from Koio are specifically designed for Koio silhouettes. They won’t stretch the leather and also prevent creasing.
Put shoe trees into wet Koios to ensure that moisture is wicked away in the correct pattern so the leather doesn’t crack.
Another bonus: shoe tree wood is absorbent. It helps dry out the lining of shoes. So they don’t rot from the inside-out and continue smelling fresh. Get on board.
These tips will make sure you always have clean sneakers. Here’s to keeping the new shoe feel. Cheers.