In other countries, they have seasons, such as Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter, but in Nigeria, we basically have the dry and wet seasons.
The dry season runs from October to February while the rainy or wet season begins most times from April and typically ends between October and November.
Maintaining your shoes during rainy seasons can be a herculean task. However, drying and keeping them intact can help in preventing them from getting spoiled.
Below are some tips that can help you care for your shoes during the rainy season:
1. Freeze them
If you ever end up wetting your shoes, it is super important for you to dry them well in order for them to last long. The best way to get rid of the smell from your shoes is to wash them and dry them. Because it’s rainy season and the sun might not come out often, you might use the dry section of a washing machine. To ensure they dry out completely, first use a hairdryer and towel to mop up excess moisture. As an extra precaution, once the shoes are dry double bag and put them in the freezer overnight. This will kill the bacteria that cause shoe odor.
2. Powder Them
It is important to take care of the insides of your footwear. The inner soles and walls are very prone to decay, thus reducing your shoe’s life. To avoid decaying, you can sprinkle talcum powder on the inner sole from time to time as powder absorbs all the moistness.
3. Rub alcohol
Alcohol is an excellent home remedy to help get rid of shoe odor caused by mismanaged wetness. Using a cotton bud, dab some alcohol and rub it inside the shoe. Ensure you do not place alcohol on the outer area, especially if it is made out of leather as that may cause some ruin to the surface of the footwear. Apart from the fact that alcohol can help remove the smell of the shoes, it can also act as a disinfectant and eradicate the bacteria while removing dirt at the same time.
4. Water-proof the shoes
Wouldn’t it be best if the rainwater just repels down your shoes? The best way to do this is to rub a little bit of Vaseline or beeswax over your shoes. We all know the oily surface won’t let the water sit over it.
Just follow these basic steps to waterproof your favorite pair of shoes:
– Rub Vaseline or wax all over the outer walls of your shoes.
– Use a blow dryer on medium heat to blow all over the waxed surface, for it to set and give shine to your shoes.
– Leave it to rest for a day. And that’s it! Your water-proof shoes are ready.
This not just protects your shoes from water but also gives them a nice shine.
5. Wear Rubber Sandals
Rubber sandals are now a major fashion staple for women in recent times. And the best part is, they are quite affordable. Just make sure to keep them handy as you move around during the rainy season.