Keeping Your White Kicks Yellow Free with Sneaker LAB
Published 5 months ago by

As a dedicated sneaker-head, you’ve probably come to experience the heartbreak and pain of having your favourite pair of white Stan Smith’s turn yellow.

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The process of yellowing normally comes from cleaning your shoes with unsuitable products and is unfortunately nearly impossible to reverse.

“At home cleaning hacks normally depend on what is readily available in your kitchen. But unlike the natural cleaning power of Sneaker Lab, these chemicals oxidize and can cause a yellow tint on your previously white shoes. Any product that leaves a soapy residue behind, requires UV light or if it utilises heat when cleaning, will rapidly increase the rate of yellowing”

– Sneaker LAB Shoe Care Expert, Cody Felix

So although some “home cleaning hacks” might not turn your sneakers yellow, they’re likely to cause long term damage. In advising us on what not to use, this is what we should stay away from:

  • Baking Soda – Although this may be great for removing tough stains, it’s not, however, a good idea for dirty sneakers. This is because when baking soda dries it causes damage to the sneaker fabric.
  •  Toothpaste – Not only does this product leave a residue on your sneakers – and one that is particularly tough to remove, the colour reagent found in toothpaste can transfer onto your kicks.
  • Soaking in Water – Submerging your sneakers in water is never a good idea, as it can damage the adhesives and prints, as well as the colour bleeding out. However, if your sneakers do get wet, you need to ensure you thoroughly dry them out in order to prevent mould and bacteria build-up.
  • Direct Sunlight – Sunlight will do your sneakers no favour. Heat and UV light are the main drivers of oxidization – the process that turns your sneakers yellow. It is rather advised that you store or dry your sneakers in a cool, aerated space away from direct sunlight.
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“Most chemicals or products found in the pantry will damage the fabric of your shoes or turn them yellow. The process can only be reversed by using harsh chemicals that will irreversibly damage your kicks. Instead, turn to Sneaker LAB’s range of products, which are safe for use on all fabrics and work at a microscopic levels to clean, care and protect your sneakers. It is far easier to prevent your sneakers turning yellow, than to try get them back to their original colour again.”

– Sneaker LAB Shoe Care Expert, Cody Felix



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