How to remove the yellow stains off of shoes

Written by jason candanedo
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When you use over-the-counter bleach on shoes, it can leave a yellowish residue that will stain the surface. The bleach itself is yellow and will cause yellowish stains when not adequately diluted. This stain is much more noticeable on white shoes, but it can be removed with the right treatment.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • RIT dye powder colour remover
  • Sponges
  • Cloth towels

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Instructions

    Hydrogen Peroxide Method

  1. 1

    Open the hydrogen peroxide bottle and dampen the sponge with the liquid. Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased cheaply in grocery stores, pharmacies and just about anywhere.

  2. 2

    Scrub the stained area on the shoes with the sponge, using either an up/down or clockwise/counter clockwise motion.

  3. 3

    Repeat step 1 if the stain is deeply set in, but allow the hydrogen peroxide to set into the stain for several minutes before scrubbing.

  4. 4

    Squeeze and rinse out the sponge under running water to remove the excess hydrogen peroxide.

  5. 5

    Soak the sponge with warm plain water and wipe down the shoes until the hydrogen peroxide is removed.

  6. 6

    Wipe off any excess liquid with a cloth towel.

  7. 7

    Place the shoes in an area where they can air dry if there is still moisture left in them.

    RIT Dye Powder Color Remover Method

  1. 1

    Make a paste by mixing RIT dye powder colour remover powder and a small amount of water. Use this method if the stain does not come out using hydrogen peroxide.

  2. 2

    Place the paste on a cloth towel and spread it over the yellow stains.

  3. 3

    Let the paste set into the stain and scrub the paste in with a cloth towel until it comes out.

  4. 4

    Rinse a clean sponge with plain warm water and wipe down the shoes to remove the paste.

  5. 5

    Dry off the shoes with a clean, dry cloth and air dry the shoes.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the hydrogen peroxide and paste on an insignificant spot of your shoe, preferably inside the shoe, to see if discolouration will occur. If not, these products are safe to use.

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