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Clarks white sandals. Filthy, how to clean them

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EyeballsintheSky Fri 10-Jul-09 09:25:22

DD has a pair of white sandals which are already manky and we're not even halfway through 'summer' yet. Any ideas on how I can clean them? Damp cloth is not working and am tempted to throw them in the washing machine.

LIZS Fri 10-Jul-09 14:52:20

Cif ?

Schmozer Fri 10-Jul-09 14:53:41

Are they leather? If so try nail polish remover. Sounds bonkers, really works.

EyeballsintheSky Fri 10-Jul-09 21:26:32

Ooh hello, I'd forgotten I started this blush

Yes, they are leather. Nail varnish remover...hmmm... Will try that, thanks

nicolamumof3 Fri 10-Jul-09 21:31:29

yes washing machine grin

EachPeachPearMum Fri 10-Jul-09 21:41:14

Let us know if it works Eyeballs....

ilikeyoursleeves Fri 10-Jul-09 21:43:06

I cleaned DS's toes of his Converse boots with a baby wipe, worked a total treat!

michaelbooblie Fri 10-Jul-09 22:02:33

Buff away dirty marks with a nail file then

polish with trainer whitener (woman in shoe
shop recommended it when I got DDs shoes, and it works)

EyeballsintheSky Fri 10-Jul-09 23:49:50

Tried the nail varnish remover and they are a little better. I think the problem with that is because they are only tiny (baby size 4) most of the strap is stitching and the rest is littered with fecking pink flowers and bumble bees Still enough white to look grey though hmm

I thought of the whitener - used to be addicted to the stuff when I ice skated as a kid! But see above for problem with that.

Might have to try washing machine. They were only £28 hmm. Thieving shoe shop.

Next year shoot me if I buy white sandals for her. At least pink doesn't look as manky. She'll be back in her black winter shoes at this rate.

random Fri 10-Jul-09 23:51:51

Can you still buy whitener ...used to love the smell of that blush

EyeballsintheSky Fri 10-Jul-09 23:54:59

I think so. I used to love the way it oozed out over the sponge...

blush. Sounds like polish porn...oh God, the shoe stuff not residents of the country next to the Ukraine.

<<digs hole>>

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Sat 11-Jul-09 00:11:39

My favoured technique <<weary>> is baby wipe to get the worst off, followed by trainer whitener. If it's really fiddly, could you put the whitener on with a little paintbrush nicked from your dc?

lilolilmanchester Sat 11-Jul-09 00:22:11

Clarks will never endorse this (melts the glue apparently) but stick em in the washer. The whitener will stick better after a wash if you still need to use it.

SOLOisMeredithGrey Sat 11-Jul-09 00:42:22

Eraser ~ as in pencil rubber.

I was wondering about sticking leather/suede and fabric Pepino's in the washing mahine. Am a bit cringy about the suede bit though.

nicolamumof3 Sat 11-Jul-09 07:32:16

i've washed leather/suede shoes before, came out fine!

EyeballsintheSky Sat 11-Jul-09 07:35:36

Well she will be wearing them today but tonight, into the washer they go! And if they get ruined she'll have to have some fake Crocs for the rest of the summer So pray for washing machine success please... wink

Thanks for all your suggestions

oopsacoconut Sat 11-Jul-09 07:46:15

DD has a pair of Startrite ones in sensible brown but I was told they are machine washable at 30. I was a bit hmm but when they came back filthy from the grandparents in they went and are now spotless.

EyeballsintheSky Sat 11-Jul-09 08:06:24

I will report back tonight on whether we have spotless shoes or a clump of leather and melted glue

SOLOisMeredithGrey Sat 11-Jul-09 11:17:57

Me too!

cancantcan Sat 11-Jul-09 22:25:05

My DD is 3 and the worst shoe vandal I have ever met. She scuffs the toes of everything within seconds. I now have a tube of white pink and blue acrylic paints, and some neutral shoe polish. First, into the washer on 30 with some persil (but not fabric conditioner as it stops the paint sticking)
Then once they are dried, I mix the right colour of paint for the shoe, give the scuffed toes a couple of coats for good coverage, mix some very dilute white paint for the stitching, wipe off any excess with a baby wipe and then do the whole shoe with clear polish. I wont lie and say they look like new, but they pass muster from a couple of feet away........

SOLOisMeredithGrey Sun 12-Jul-09 01:35:57

Nicolamumof3, did you use wwashing powder?

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