Even the most modest closet consists of at least three sets of shoes – winter, summer, spring and autumn. A wide range of models involves the buying at least two or three pairs per season. Regardless of how much money we had to pay for new clothes for the legs, it must have a presentable appearance even after several years. The correct care and storage will allow to maintain the good condition of the shoes.
Quality brush and expensive creams are not enough. The greatest damage is applied not by the use but the improper storage between seasons. Cracks, dents on tiptoe, bends, changing the color, bad smell – it’s not a complete list of “surprises”, which the girl will face, improperly storing her shoes. To avoid embarrassing mistakes and to prolong the life span of the shoes it is important to follow a few rules.
The shoe storage. Useful tips
Before you clean boots or shoes for long-term storage, it is important to dry them thoroughly. Dampness and moisture can lead to disrepair even the quality pair in a few days.
Clean your shoes with special diligence, if necessary, repair it. Not withdrawn stains can cause a lot of problems in the future. And timely repairs let you to use them right out of the box.
The main requirements to the place of storage: dark, dry, quality and ventilation. Direct sunlight can cause fading of paint, and humidity causes mildew and mold.
To avoid drying out, a wardrobe must be located away from heat sources.
The use of lubricating creams, aerosols and emulsions suitable for the material of the footwear to prevent drying up, loss of gloss and cracking.
Regardless of the constitution of shoes, whether ballet flats or boots, they must be kept in its natural expanded form. Creases and folds will lead to the appearance of cracks and delamination.
It’s not the best option t store “clothing for the legs” in a crowd. This will lead to galling scratches and other surface damage. Each pair should have its own box or, at least, hard case.
Following these simple rules will significantly increase the useful life of shoes and save money of the family budget.
Recommendations for storage of everyday and seasonal shoes
All the shoes in the wardrobe of the modern woman can be divided into seasonal and daily. The procedure of storing each has special conditions.
Seasonal. It’s usually stored outside the suitable place for a long time, so preparation for “hibernation” should be careful. The laces and insoles should be removed, the inside surface of debris must be cleaned. Then wipe with an antifungal (disinfecting) solution inside. Special attention is paid to the sole, if it has a porous ribbed structure, it is important to remove dirt even from hard to reach places. After complete drying, it’s recommended to wax, spray with a dye, etc., place in a box and sent to storage in dark, dry place.
There are not fundamental differences in the storing of summer and winter shoes. In the latter case, if the garment is genuine fur trim, you can put means to repel moths in the box.
Dress shoes are often sold with special foam inserts that allow to maintain its primary appearance even after prolonged storage.
Boots with long shaft should be suspended in a vertical position and fasten with special shoe pegs. It will minimize the likelihood of deformation and will maintain them in the expanded state.
Please note! It is strictly prohibited to keep the shoes in the cold time of the year on the balcony! Subzero temperature and humidity will have a detrimental effect on any material – in the cold the leather will shrivel and become rough, the varnished surface will be covered with micro cracks, the rubber will become brittle and begin to crumble, artificial skin substitutes will crack and wear off. High humidity will also play its destructive role – fungus and mold are spreading with unprecedented speed.
Experts recommend to make a monthly inspection of the all the shoes. It will allow to detect an error made during its laying and to prevent possible damage timely.
Everyday. Most families minimally take care of the shoes. In the best case, it is dried in case of drench and hemmed in the case of small holes. Poor handling can cause to quick losing of appearance and operational characteristics of all the shoes before the end of the season.
Quality, timely cleaning will get rid of fresh stains and eliminate the need to use aggressive chemical compositions. Dry shoes are less susceptible to deformation during operation and it will be less dirty. Therefore, it’s recommended to purchase a special water-repellent product, that creates an additional protection of the material in inclement weather. Regardless of cost of “clothing for the legs” it must be cleaned after each use dried and treated with a special body means.
The place, reserved for storing shoes, plays also an important role. It should be well ventilated and spacious. Each pair should be arranged freely, not touching each other. Not for accumulating excess moisture, it is advisable to lay a sheet of paper or other material with high-quality absorbent properties.
In 90% of cases hallway is the storage place of shoes, however, such decision entails a lot of inconvenience. Only a few can boast with a spacious area at the entrance of the house, so it’ll be impossible to avoid crowding when placing shoes.
A rational solution – is to optimize your space using modern furniture development, we are talking about drawers, ergonomic shelves and wardrobes.
How to store leather, suede, rubber and other material?
Leather shoes. A rag or sponge with a soft material is better suited for cleaning it; firm brush can cause the appearance of microcracks and the garment will quickly become worthless. Washing in water is recommended only in the case of severe pollution, another time, wiping with a damp cloth is enough – natural material absorbs moisture quickly, and prolonged contact with water will make it to dry for a long time.
Such shoes are required to be dried at room temperature away from heating appliances. The filling of interior space shoes or boots with paper will allow to speed up the process. Insoles and decorative tabs must be dried separately. Keep the shoes in expanded form using liners, metal struts or wooden blocks.
Suede shoes. Before sending the pair to wardrobe for long-term storage, you should remove all the impurities from the surface. If conventional rubber brush is inefficient, you can process use vapor. Talc can cope with the grease, you should sprinkle it on the shoes, leave on for 5-10 minutes and then gently remove with a wire brush. Garments made of suede should be dried at room temperature away from artificial heat sources. To return brightness and rich color to the shoes you can use special coloring spray or folk recipe (mix the water of ammonia and alcohol in equal proportions, moisten a cotton pad in a fluid, and wipe the surface).
If you are going to send suede shoes in the wardrobe, it is important to understand – its soft form requires secure, otherwise it’s just out of shape. Wooden or plastic pad, as well as newspapers can solve this problem.
Patent boots. In the preparation for the winter phase patent leather shoes should be carefully cleaned and dried. There mustn’t be prolonged contact with water, especially sending into the washing machine is not recommended. Also, you should carefully fill the inner space of a newspaper or any other absorbent material that will securely hold the form. Before placing patent shoes in the box, it is important to remember one rule – the surface of the lacquer, should not touch each other. Therefore, previously, shoes should be placed in thin cloth bags.
Where to store shoes?
If there is enough space of your living room, it is better to allocate a separate room with quality ventilation and shelves for everyday shoe storage – it can be separated dressing room. In all other cases, you will have to be content with cupboards, hanging shelves or shoe boxes.
The seasonal storage of shoes is indispensable with containers, boxes, covers of thick fabric, organizers, etc. It is important to observe several conditions while choosing it:
• A maximum of useful volume;
• The presence of vent holes;
• The lack of odor.
Containers. The characteristics of this storing shoes method are the following:
• Durability of the construction;
• Original compact design.
Thanks to bright colors and original appearance, they can become a real decoration of the hall.
Boxes. They are practical and easy to use. By they have one drawback – a non-transparent material doesn’t allow to see what exactly the pair is stored there. The solution is to write a brief information about the shoes inside on the box. You can purchase boxes in specialized stores or make yourself from cardboard.
Organizer. Functional devices with multiple departments. Allow you to store multiple pairs. The wall of breathable material does not create obstacles to the flow of air, provide free circulation, protecting from dust and dirt.
This method of storing shoes has also disadvantages. It won’t protect against spills; therefore, it’s not recommended to preserve expensive and gentle to care shoes here. Soft cloth the walls also will not protect from the deformation or mechanical damage.
Covers. It differs little from the organizer externally. Features of performance are the walls and dense material, with a zip closure. The number of divisions for shoe storage is from 2 to 10. The disadvantages are the same as the organizer have.
System of shoes storage. It’s one of the latest developments by the furniture manufacturers. This multi-functional ergonomic system consisting of drawers, shelves and racks of various shapes and sizes. If necessary, the modules can be delivered or removed. They can be already assembled or made per individual customer order, for example, with a mirror.
It is convenient to place these systems in small hallways, where they will allow to maximally use the surrounding space. You can place a record number of pairs of shoes on the small area.
If there is not enough free space for storing, you can use one of the proposed innovative ideas.
Wardrobe. Corner model takes up minimal space and is quite roomy. A sliding door will save space.
Under the stairs. The steps leading to the second floor can take a role of the boxes.
The following simple rules for the care and storage of the shoes will preserve its aesthetic details and quality properties for many years.