Five Easy Steps for Removing Creases from Shoes
Creases in leather shoes can make your footwear look older than it really is, and they don’t always come out the first time you clean the shoe with water or solvent-based shoe polish.
To remove creases from shoes, you need to do more than just apply polish — you need to reshape the leather so it’s smooth again and make sure it doesn’t have any lasting creases in it. Here’s how to remove creases from shoes with five easy steps
1) Put your shoe on
1. Fill your kitchen sink with hot water. 2. Submerge the shoe and allow it to soak for about 10-15 minutes (you can also apply this method for a small spot on the shoe). 3. Lay the shoe flat on a towel, then use a second towel and press down over the top of the shoe (this will push out any excess water).
4. Use a hair dryer or heat gun (on low) to warm up the area where the crease is located and then use fingers or thumb to gently rub it away in a back-and-forth motion until you can no longer feel any resistance. 5. Allow the shoe to dry completely before wearing it again – preferably outside so that you don’t get dampness inside of your home!
If the dirt is embedded in the crease, rinse them off with soap and water, brush off as much of the dirt as possible, then spray them with a leather protector to prevent future wear and tear.
There are many different products available at most department stores including amyl acetate which leaves a light amber color behind; silicone waxes which leave behind a high gloss shine; dye which acts as an additive, or finishes as paint does; ammonia-free acrylic resins which act similarly to polish.
2) Press firmly
It can be a hassle when you get home and see that your favorite pair of shoes have creases or lines running down them. It’s not too difficult to remove these creases though if you take the time.
2) Use the hose on low pressure and hold it about two inches away from the shoe, spraying until it is wet but not drenched.3) Try bending or flexing the leather back and forth while spraying it with water – this will help loosen up any stiffness. 4) Next, press firmly on the area with a clean dry towel. 5) Finally, let it air dry overnight before wearing it again. You may also want to place it in a warm oven (about 50 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes after using the hose, then air dries overnight as well.
3) Brush across the sole
You’ll want to start by brushing across the soles of the shoe with your hand. Next, turn the shoe over and brush across the surface of the sole again. You should take a dry cloth and use it to wipe off any excess residue that may have been left behind.
Finally, you’ll want to go back and brush across the sole of your shoe one more time with a damp cloth just for good measure. It’s important not to forget this last step because otherwise, you could end up spreading dirt around your floors if you walk around with dirty shoes.
The final step is also important because if there’s any moisture remaining on the bottom of your shoe after cleaning, this could cause mold or bacteria to grow which would obviously be bad news for anyone’s foot health.
4) Use an old toothbrush
People have been removing creases from their shoes with a toothbrush since time immemorial. It’s a simple technique that requires little more than an old toothbrush, some water, and some elbow grease. Dip the bristles of the brush into the water and then scrub it against one shoe aggressively for about 30 seconds.
2. Fill a bowl or sink with cool water and rinse both shoes thoroughly to remove all traces of soap residue. Allow them to air dry before wearing them again so they can return to their original shape naturally as they dry out over time (or wear them if you don’t care about preserving their shape).
You should also take this opportunity to clean the soles and insides of your shoes by giving them a good shake. If you want to protect the leather on your shoes, use wax polish like Kiwi paste wax instead of soap and water, which may dry out the leather in certain circumstances.
5) Finish with a hair dryer
1. Turn your hair dryer on and set it to medium heat.
2. Place the shoes on a flat surface, then hold the hair dryer about one inch away from the crease for five seconds.
3. Use a lint roller or wet wipe to clean up any residue left behind by the hair dryer, then air-dry your shoes before wearing them again.
4. Place some paper towels between each shoe as they air-dry so that they do not get too close and stick together while drying. Let them dry overnight if possible.
5. Once they are fully dried, put on the shoes and walk around with them a bit to make sure all of the soles have had time to adjust back into their original shape. 6. If the creases still persist, repeat steps 1 through 4, being careful to pay attention to where you place the hair dryer this time.