How to Clean Sperry Topsiders?

When you have sperrys but it gradually becomes older, you might think, what should I do to clean it? Or, what should I do to make it a new one? Well, it must be done by maintaining certain rules.

There are several types of cleaning procedures that can easily clean sperry topsiders but you should apply that one that can do both cleaning and protecting. The reason is the material of it. A wrong type of procedure can damage the texture.

That’s why maintaining all things is important. Let’s see what the effective ways are and how they can do the entire procedure.

How to Clean Sperry Topsiders

How to Clean Sperry Topsiders?

For doing the whole method, there are some ingredients that you will need to prepare before going through the technique of cleaning.

And for doing that, you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Leather protective spray
  • Leather brush (use a toothbrush instead)
  • Leather cleaner
  • Leather conditioner
  • A clean cloth

Step 1: Laces out

If you have laces with your sperry topsiders, then you need to remove it first. The reason is, if you won’t detach the laces then you will face difficulty while cleaning it.

Though the laces are made of rawhide, that’s why these things have to be cleaned properly. And that’s why you need to do it differently. It is because the texture of the lace is different.

Besides, you have to clean the laces first before cleaning the entire shoe. And to do it, you will need to follow the rules correctly.

At first, take the laces out carefully from the sperry topsiders. Then put the laces into a bowl and add dish soap and cold water. Soak it for some time, and then rinse it off after cleaning. Leave the laces for a day to air dry properly.

Step 2: Loosen the dirt

The next step will be the cleaning of the shoe. And the first step should be the cleaning of the dirt that shows on the upper level.

If you find loose dirt that can easily be cleaned out then you must do it. And for that reason, you need a brush. You can use any kind of leather brush. But if you don’t have that kind of brush then you can use an alternative. And the alternative can be any other kind of brush-like toothbrush.

Take that brush, and gently dust off the dirt from the surface. Make sure the brush has soft bristles. That will help you to get the dirt off easily without doing any harm to it. That’s why you need to maintain the step and clean it like this.

Step 3: Use water and soap solution

For cleaning it properly, you can use any cleaner. Or, you can use a homemade remedy. After dusting off all the dirt out from the shoe, now it’s time to deep clean it.

And to clean it in a proper way, at first, make a cleansing solution. And to make it, you need to take a bowl and pour mild dish soap and water. You can also add baking soda into it. Then mix all the things well until the entire ingredients get dissolved.

After that, take a microfiber cloth and soak it with the solution. Use the cloth to clean the surface properly. Clean it by doing a circular motion. But make sure you won’t put much pressure on it.

After cleaning the surface completely, now wipe them out with another dry microfiber cloth and leave it for some hours to dry it out.

Step 4: Clean the soles

Cleaning the soles is as much important as cleaning the entire sperry. That’s why you also should focus on this point.

Though the soles of the sperrys are important for easy wear, it also helps to give you much comfort when you are wearing it. But, the soles are the reason for the foot odor. That’s why you need to clean it regularly. And when you are cleaning the entire sperrys well, you also should clean the soles too.

And for cleaning in an appropriate way, you need to follow some steps. The first thing you can do is, clean it by applying an effective homemade solution. And for doing it, take a leather cleaner brush or a toothbrush. Apply baking soda on it and gently scrub it with that toothbrush. When you see the stains are coming out, then rinse them off and let it dry.

Step 5: Apply leather care products

After finishing the cleaning with a liquid solution, applying leather care products is convenient. And for doing it, you need to take a leather conditioner. After cleaning, and before polishing, you have to apply the conditioner because it can make a protective layer on the leather surface.

Moreover, this step will protect the leather from further damage. That’s why using it is important. And for using it on the sperrys, you need to follow some directions.

Take a soft cloth for doing it. Now, take a small amount of conditioner and apply it on the leather. Make sure you apply a thin layer so that it can absorb quickly. Now, let it be there to absorb. And that’s why you need to let it sit for 15-20 minutes. And after that, take another dry cloth and remove the excess.

Step 6: polishing

After getting done with all the cleaning procedures, now it’s time to give the sperrys a nice finish. And for doing that, you have to polish it. And for doing it, you will need to use shoe polish. It can give the sperrys a nice shine and a complete finish.

To use it, first, apply the polish on the sperry surface in a proper amount. Now, take a soft cloth and apply the polish all over the area in a wiping motion. You can also apply it in a clockwise motion so that all the effectiveness of the polish will go into the leather. It will help to absorb and thus it will give the sperrys a beautiful shine.

When the applying process is done, now take another soft and clean cloth and remove all the excess product from both the leather surfaces. Remove it by applying a counterclockwise motion. That’s how the shoe will look shiny.

Step 7: Shoe buffing

Well, only polishing is not enough. If you want to give your sperrys an extra shine then you need to buff it out. It’s also an important step for your shoes to look gorgeous and new. Also, it will protect the sperrys from further damages.

That’s why you can use it for a long time. Besides, buffing will make the sperrys to look like new so that you don’t need to buy a new pair and waste your money. All you need to do is, clean and polish it well.

And for doing it, you will need a microfiber cloth. Take the cloth and buff the shoes by doing It in a circular motion. Make sure you put direct pressure on the shoe. The reason is, it will help to make the surface look like new.

That’s the reason you need to give the sperrys direct pressure. Moreover, you can also apply a few drops of water on the surface before buffing. That will give them an extra shine.

Step 8: Give complete protection

Cleaning the sperrys is important. But the most important thing is, clean it with care. It is because harsh cleaning can damage the entire surface. Besides, you need to take protective steps too. It is because it’s important to protect your sperrys from further damages.

And that’s why you have to be careful about all the things when you are cleaning. Also, you need to find out the prevention solution. It is because treating it in the right way, and protecting it is compulsory. You can do it in several ways.

The leather lotion is also a great solution to protect sperrys. Apply it onto the sperry surface to get an extra glow. Moreover, it will protect the surface from any kind of damage. It is because lotion has the power to give the sperrys surfaces extra moisture. And that can prevent the sperrys from scuffing and cracking.

That’s why you need to give your sperrys total moisture so that they don’t get dry. And that’s how you will protect your pair of sperrys for a long time.

Tips to clean Sperry Topsiders

  1. Don’t rush and don’t put extra pressure on your sperrys. It might create breakage.
  2. After cleaning, allow them to dry it out properly.
  3. Use baking soda for the soles. It will make them fresh and remove odor.
  4. Don’t scrub too hard with a toothbrush. Do it in a gentle way.
  5. Try to absorb excess moisture from the sperrys.

Wrap Up Sperry Topsiders

You can clean and make your old sperrys look like new. But that doesn’t mean you cannot buy new pairs. But if you don’t want to buy new ones right now, you can surely apply those methods to make your old and dull sperrys like a brand-new one.

But you need to be aware while applying these methods. It is because if you don’t apply these in a correct way then it might make the sperrys worse than before.

That’s why be careful when you are planning to do it. Be patient and try the method properly to get the perfect result.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is passionate about home improvement and design. As a child, she grew up helping her dad renovate their childhood home. Many of her skills came from this experience. Jessica loves DIY projects and sharing her passion for home design with others since she lives in Los Angeles.

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