Tips for maintaining your safety shoes
We can't take care of our feet without taking care of our safety shoes. By taking the time to wash, dry, scrub dirt and neutralize bad odors, we avoid the development of bacteria and prevent the risk of infections (fungus, warts, ingrown toenails ...). The Ultrabold safety shoes safety shoes are all designed to be cleaned with soap and water. In this article, we detail all the steps to properly care for your pair of safety shoes, both indoors and outdoors!
4 simple steps to maintain your safety shoes
No matter what your work environment is, your safety shoes always end up getting worn and wet. Here are a few simple things you can do on a daily basis.
Dirt can eventually damage the upper and outsole. In the field, it is common for small stones to slip into the sole. This is a factor of deterioration that should not be neglected for two reasons:
- the outsole cracks and breaks quickly;
- the anti-slip functionality of the sole is greatly reduced.
If you work outdoors, we recommend that you check all surfaces of your safety shoes as much as possible. Do not allow stones to accumulate under your sole and always brush off as much dust as possible.
Fungi love warm, moist areas. The inside of your safety shoe is a favorable environment for their development. Therefore, in the best case scenario, you should dry your shoes every day after work.
You can use a shoe dryer. This is a very effective device, but it is not always very cost effective. It is mainly useful if you work in a wet environment. You can leave your safety shoes under a heater or in a dry environment.
The little extra: When drying, put newspaper on your insole. It is a very good moisture absorber, in addition to eliminating certain odors.
Washing your feet
What good is taking care of your shoes if you forget to take care of your feet? Properly washing your feet after every shower will prevent the spread of bacteria inside your safety shoes. If your feet are not properly dried, the remaining bacteria will have no trouble growing on the soles.
When you use your soap and towel, remember to insist on wiping between each toe.
Keeping the shoe waterproof
You can maintain the leather of our safety shoes with a special leather cream to preserve the waterproofness of the material.
If you have nubuck safety shoes, you can apply a protective spray.
An occasional good waxing will extend the life of your safety shoes.
Cleaning the outside of your safety shoe
Do you want to revive the leather of your shoes? Do you want them to look as good as new? No need to go to a shoemaker. With everyday products, you can maintain the exterior of your safety shoes yourself. Depending on their material, the cleaning method will be different.
Leather safety shoes
If the dirt is superficial, you can solve the problem with a simple soft bristle brush. You can then wipe with a damp cloth and leave to dry.
Soapy water is also effective for leather with a velvet or nubuck finish.
To recover a leather a little more degraded, you can use a mixture of warm water and natural soap. With a microfiber cloth, gently rub the material by drawing small circles.
Toothpaste is a good product to get rid of scratches. Apply it also on a microfiber cloth by making the same gesture.
To recover a gradient leather with a velvet or nubuck crust, use sandpaper or a brass sheet on the biggest stains. Do not force. It is a fragile material that quickly shows micro-scratches.
Synthetic safety shoes or ventilated canvas
Synthetic is a material that is resistant to all washings. You can use all types of cleaning products to remove stains. The important thing is to dry your safety shoes well for several hours.
Be careful not to expose your synthetic safety shoes directly to a heat source.
Cleaning the inside of your safety shoes
The inner sole of the safety shoe must be maintained after each use. We advise you to buy a shoe spray. This spray neutralizes bad odors and limits the development of bacteria.
In case of heavy perspiration, use a wet toothbrush, soaked in soapy water and rub the entire sole before letting it dry in the open air.
If you use orthopedic insoles, you should remove them every day and leave them in the open air, away from a heat source.
For their maintenance, you have two possibilities:
- my orthopedic insole is a little stained: rub with a soft cloth and soapy water or use a disinfectant wipe;
- my orthopedic insole is blackened: immerse the insole in hot water and wash it with dishwashing liquid mixed with baking soda.
By following all these tips, you will not only preserve your comfort, but also the health of your feet. With regular maintenance, your safety shoes will last much longer. Don't forget to regularly inspect the condition of your shoes. If in doubt, ask a CHSCT (health, safety and working conditions committee) member for advice on whether your PPE should be renewed. Some companies require that safety shoes be changed every year. In the meantime, there is nothing to stop you from doing a good surface cleaning!