Shoe sellers warn that drying wet boots on a radiator or near another heat source can permanently damage your shoes.
If business requires you to go outside in the rain or snow, be prepared for your shoes to get wet. After returning home, wet boots or boots cannot be left without attention – they must be dried, and in such a way as not to spoil the shoes. How to properly dry shoes in order to maintain their attractive appearance for a long time, they told on the Miraton website.
How not to dry your shoes
It would seem that the easiest and most convenient way to dry wet shoes is to place them near a warm radiator or fireplace. The only worse option than this is to hang your boots or boots to dry near an open fire.
This method is especially destructive for shoes made of genuine leather and suede. The sole and leather upper of the product dry out, crack and become deformed from exposure to strong heat.
For shoes made of artificial materials, such express drying is also dangerous – the glue in the seams can crack and the shoes will get even more wet.
How to dry shoes correctly
Before drying, wet shoes must be cleaned of dirt. Leather boots or boots should be wiped with a damp cloth, shoes made of suede or nubuck should be cleaned with a special brush.
If the sole is very dirty and you need to wash it under running water, try to do it as carefully as possible so that water does not get on the top of the shoe.
Once the shoes are clean, remove the insoles, remove the laces, and undo any zippers or clasps, if any.
To dry any shoes except suede, it is best to use special electric dryers. They provide controlled heat that does not exceed the temperature allowed for the shoes and does not harm them.
All shoe dryers can be divided into several types:
- Conventional – two heating elements in the form of loops, tubes or pads. It is preferable to use devices in the form of blocks, since other modifications can lead to deformation of the top. As a rule, it takes about seven hours to dry a wet pair of autumn or winter shoes.
- Hot air dryers – can also be used to dry socks and gloves. Drying one pair takes about three hours.
- Ultraviolet drying is a new generation of dryers. Built-in ultraviolet lamps provide disinfection of the inner surface of shoes: they destroy fungus and bacteria, after which the unpleasant odor disappears.
- Dryer models that have special deodorizing plates are also designed to combat unpleasant odors.
- Electric shoe mats – provide daily drying of wet soles, used like regular rugs in the hallway.
Electric shoe dryers make it much easier to save wet boots and shoes, but delicate suede shoes will need to be dried using safe means at hand or allowed to dry naturally in a well-ventilated area where they are not exposed to direct sunlight.
Proven folk methods for drying shoes
If you don’t have an electric dryer, you can put it in order using improvised methods:
- Clear paper towels – Press paper firmly into shoes. After the towels have absorbed the moisture, replace them with new ones. Repeat the procedure until the shoes are dry. This method is best suited for drying suede shoes as it helps maintain their shape. Do not use colored towels as they may stain the inside of your boots.
- Silica gel – not only special shoe filler is suitable for drying shoes, but also the one sold in construction and pet stores. It absorbs moisture and odor well. For convenience, pour silica gel into a thin linen bag or sock and place it inside your boot or shoe. After use, spread a thin layer of filler on the sheet, dry and put away until next time.
- Coarse salt – used similarly to silica gel if the shoes are slightly damp. Do not use salt on very wet shoes as it may dissolve and leave white salt stains on the surface. Before use, the salt can be slightly heated to a temperature where it is pleasant to hold in the palm of your hand. Salt that is too hot will dry your shoes faster, but can ruin them, just like a hot radiator.
When drying, it is better to place wet shoes on a shoe rack or rack to ensure free access of air to the soles.
To further reduce the wetness of your shoes to a minimum, purchase protective products with a water-repellent effect. Shoe stores sell special sprays and impregnations for treating shoes made of suede, nubuck, leather and textiles.
Let us remind you that Louis Vuitton created boots with imitation of naked human legs for almost 2.5 thousand dollars. The boots were created in two leather tones – white and more chocolate.
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