It’s the beginning of April now and you’re slowly shaking off the feeling of cold winter nights, shoveling snow, and pre-heating that car far longer than environmentalists tell us is healthy. You’re ready for the days of hot sun, picking up girls down on the beach, and nights out at your favorite patio.
The problem: your car’s mats look repulsive, your shoes are weirdly discolored, and between those two, you’re going to look unkempt to that sexy redhead you want to take home. With that being said, we’ve put together our fail-safe methods to get rid of the unsightly white stains. Try them out below:
GET THIS: 1-2 Bowls, 2-3 Clean Cloths, 1c White Vinegar, 1 Bottle of Dish Detergent
1) 1) Wipe down your shoes with a damp cloth to remove any dirt and major salt buildup.
2) 2) Make the right cleaning solution depending on the material.
- Leather/Cloth: Mix one part white vinegar with three parts lukewarm water in a bowl
- Suede: Mix a few drops of dish soap with lukewarm water in a bowl
3) 3) With a clean cloth, blot the stain with solution and rub lightly until area is fully treated.
4) 4) Rising with clean water using a new cloth.
5) 5) Allow to dry, repeat procedure for tough stains.
HOW TO PREVENT IT: Instead of going through this process again next spring, cover your shoes with something like Dr. Marten’s Wonder Balsam ($14) that will also protect against water damage all year long.
GET THIS: 1 Plastic Bucket, 1 Bottle of Dish Detergent, 1 Scouring Brush, 1c White Vinegar, 2-3 Clean Cloths
1) 1) Remove mats from car, shake to remove excess dirt and vacuum if necessary.
2) 2) In a bucket mix one gallon of hot water, one cup of white vinegar, and 2-4 tbsp. of dish soap.
3) 3) Using a rough brush, scour mat with solution until all areas have been treated.
4) 4) Rinse with a hose and dry by air or towel.
5) 5) Once dry, replace in car or repeat process for tough stains.
HOW TO PREVENT IT: Shake out your mats every other week to remove any buildup. But unless you're able to magically repel the snow, you're probably going to have to clean it again next year.