7 Tips For Getting Grass Stains Out Of Your Shoes
Grass stains on your shoes can be annoying, but they’re not permanent! If you find yourself with grass stains on your favorite kicks, you can use these tips to remove them and get back to enjoying your day.
But no matter what method you choose, you should know that the longer the stain sits, the more difficult it will be to get out. To prevent stains from spreading, treat them as soon as possible. Here are some tips to remove grass stains from shoes!
Step 1: Check the Weather
If it’s raining, don’t worry. Leave your shoes out to dry and they’ll be as good as new. If it’s not raining and you want to try a DIY solution, mix one-part vinegar and one part water in a bowl. Dampen the stains with a cloth or paper towel. Rub the stains gently with your fingers after dipping them in the solution.
Dry them with paper towels after letting them soak in warm water for five minutes. If it’s not raining outside but you still want to use this technique, put some baking soda inside the shoe while it dries. The baking soda will absorb any moisture on the shoe that could cause stains later on.
Step 2: Take Them Off
Take off your shoes and socks, because you’ll need to clean the bottom of them as well. Fill a large bowl with water or put your shoes in the sink. Add a cup of bleach to break down stains. Soak your shoes for 10-30 minutes (or overnight) to give the bleach time to work its magic on stubborn stains.
If you have any leftover stain, scrub it with a bar of soap or dishwashing liquid and allow the soap to dissolve the stain for five minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water. Use paper towels to dry the shoes outside after rinsing it with warm water. Before putting them back on, let them air dry completely.
Step 3: Try Water-Based Methods First
If you notice the stain immediately, try to rinse it off with water. If you can’t do that, sprinkle salt on top of the stain and let it sit for a few hours. Some of the excess moisture from the grass will be absorbed by the salt. You can also sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder over the wet grass stains and let them sit for a few hours.
After a few hours, brush off as much of the powder as you can and then spray water on top to help dissolve any remaining corn starch or talcum powder residue. Then just wash your shoes like normal in cold water (using laundry detergent) or throw them in a washing machine set to cold cycle only with no clothes.
Step 4: Dry Them in Sunlight
Drying the shoes in sunlight is a great way to get the stains out. If possible, start by using a brush to loosen the dirt and excess material that is on the shoes. Make sure the shoe is thoroughly rinsed to eliminate any traces of soap or detergent.
Air drying your shoes should be possible at this point. The sun will help remove any remaining stains and can also help kill bacteria that might be present on your shoe’s surface. In direct sunlight, your shoes may overheat and melt their soles if left for too long.
Step 5: Launder Them
This is the most important step in your battle against grass stains. Fill your sink with cold water and add a few drops of dish soap to create a soapy sudsy solution. Rinse the shoes thoroughly under the running water, then place them in the sudsy water. Let them soak for five minutes or until you can see that the stains are lifting away from the fabric.
Gently scrub any stubborn areas using an old toothbrush or a similar soft-bristled brush, then rinse again and let dry on a clean towel placed over the top of another clean towel to prevent any moisture from ruining your floors. If all else fails, hand wash them as soon as possible to avoid letting the stain set too long.
Step 6: Use a Cloth/Towel/Rag
The best way to remove stains from your shoes is by using a cloth, towel, or rag. Start by rubbing the stained area with the dry side of the cloth, and then use the wet side of the cloth to soak up any excess liquid.
Repeat if necessary! When you’re finished, place your shoe on a clean surface and pat it dry with a clean cloth. Avoid brushing the sole, as this could cause further damage. Finish by buffing the shoe with a soft brush to bring out its original shine!
Step 7: Walk Around
After following all the previous steps, if you still have stains on your shoes, then it is time for a little more work. First, soak the shoes in water to soften any dried grass from the shoe. Next, use an old toothbrush or nail brush to scrub out any remaining stains.
If there are still some stubborn stains left over after scrubbing, you can use a little bit of dish soap and water to clean the area more thoroughly and break down any stubborn dirt that may be causing the stain.