Have you wondered why the white polyurethane soles on your shoes turn yellow? 

Well, discoloration of the soles on your shoes happens overtime for a few different reasons. The most common reason is oxidization. This process happens naturally when the shoes are being exposed to the air over time. Dirt and stains that always stick on your shoes are the cause of discoloration too. The way you wash your shoes also affects the color. Soap left on the shoes because it is not washed properly can make the shoes look yellow.


Cleaning the polyurethane soles on your shoes can make them looking fresh new.

There are some simple methods for you to whiten your yellowed shoe soles.

Rubbing toothpaste over the yellowed areas of your shoe sole and clean it with a damp cloth will remove the yellow color. If the sign of yellow is still there, you can try mixing equal parts of bleach and water then scrub the sole of your shoe. Rubbing your soles with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste also will give you great results in removing the yellow color. If this method does not simple enough for you, you can try using a damp melamine sponge and rub it on the soles. This sponge will do the magic and give back your shoes its glory.


To take care of your shoes, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind when cleaning your shoes. You must only use a soft dry brush like a toothbrush when rubbing the soles and avoid using steel bristle brushes because that may damage the rubber soles. When using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, make sure the mixture only rubs on the soles. Avoid using this cleaning combination on the fabric of your shoes because the baking soda is very difficult to rinse off completely on the fabric. You may want to remember to end the cleaning process with another clean damp cloth or sponge. Failing to remove all of the cleaning mixtures can leave the polyurethane looking discolored. 




This article was created by Fly Flot, the premiere choice for Fly Flot shoes, and sandals, in Malaysia. We offer the highest grade of footwear in Italy, designed to last a lifetime, made of the finest quality materials, for business and casual wear. Our footwear is reputable, known for its excellence and advanced features that contribute to lifelong proper foot care

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