While a hospital may appear to be clean and immaculate to the casual observer, the fact of the matter is that it can be one of the messiest environments to work in.
Nurses have to deal with a wide range of messes, including spilled food, punctured IVs, and every imaginable bodily fluid.
For nurses who wear white nursing shoes, these conditions can create a seemingly impossible challenge when it comes to keeping white shoes looking clean and fresh.
This article will present some of the most effective ways to remove marks from white shoes using the most basic of items.
Laundry stain remover
Laundry soap companies have spent untold amounts of money researching and developing sprays that will remove even the toughest of stains from clothes.
These sprays are usually designed for use before washing, thus they can effectively remove stains without much further effort being needed.
Many of the stains they are designed to remove are the same as the stains nurses need to remove from their shoes, so they are usually very effective at keeping white shoes clean.
Just spray the stain remover onto the soiled area and leave for a few minutes. Wipe off with a wet cloth, and the stain is gone.
For spills and debris that are minor, such as mud splashes or coffee, wet wipes can be effective if used right away.
The alcohol content of the wipes will help clean off any residue, preventing permanent marking.
While they are strong enough to remove messes, they are also gentle enough for leather shoes, as they are non-abrasive.
The additional benefit of wet wipes is that they will disinfect the shoe as well.
Nail polish remover
The acetone in nail polish remover is another effective ingredient for marks that require extra attention.
The only concern is to not use too much, as the acetone is a harsh chemical that can dry out leather and cause it to crack.
Apply the nail polish remover with a cotton ball, just as you would when removing nail polish.
It is advisable to apply some Vaseline or baby oil to the leather after cleaning to restore the moisture that the acetone removed.
Non-acetone nail polish remover is also reported to work well.
This is applied using the same method as the acetone nail polish remover, but the risk of drying the leather is considerably less.
The application of Vaseline or baby oil after cleaning is thus not required.
The tips listed so far are only useful if you have the recommended items on hand.
Many times, however, you may be faced with the situation where you need to clean your shoes without any of those items available.
In this case, the best thing to use is hand sanitizer.
The alcohol in hand sanitizer will effectively clean many messes, while not causing harm to leather.
Simply apply a generous amount with a paper towel, being sure to dry off any hand sanitizer residue as this could dry out the leather of your shoe.
This will also provide the added benefit of disinfecting your shoe.
While most stains occur on the leather upper portion of the shoe, many can occur along the soles of the shoe as well.
In this case, whitewall cleaner or any other automotive cleaning product will be the thing to use.
Automotive companies have developed products to clean and protect the vinyl and rubber on a car, and these products will have the same cleaning and protective effects on the rubber of shoes.
Simply follow the instructions on the bottle for proper application methods.
Even though the messes inherent in a nursing environment may be unavoidable, they don’t have to be devastating to your white shoes. If you’ve been using your shoes for quite some time then they might get damaged and start squeaking as well. In this case, you’ll need to replace your shoes.
However, more often than not, messes and stains can be easily removed from white shoes using common items and little effort. Just remember— the sooner a stain is addressed, the easier it is to remove.