We received such a great response to our How to Clean and Condition Your Red Wing Boots and Christy Soles post where we cleaned the soles with a plastic scrub pad and and a bit of Shout, that we decided to do an update using melamine foam cleaning pad (more commonly known as a "Magic Eraser").
Lot's of people have had great success using a melamine pad to clean their Christy soles, so we wanted to test and compare the results for ourselves. The one risk with a melamine pad is that it is an abrasive that acts as super-fine sandpaper, so over use can actually remove material.
(Danner Mountain Light Overton boots, after-top and before-bottom)
These Danner Overton's spent a decent amount of time trekking around Whistler one season when there was a lot of red clay/mud. I tried cleaning these with water and a little bit of soap, but the clay stained the Christy soles pretty deeply, and I just couldn't get them clean to my liking. After hearing that a melamine sponge may be the answer, I decided to give it a try.
My supply list was simple...
- A melamine sponge/pad
- A dish of water
- Dove dish soap
- Paper towels
The process was fairly simple. In all steps, take caution to not get the booth leather wet or soapy as it may change the finish.
Step 1 - clean away dirt and debris with a damp paper towel or rag.
Step 2 - Scrub soles with a melamine pad dampened with water and a small amount of mild soap. In this case I used Dove liquid dish soap. This step will take some time and effort, I kept scrubbing until the soles were as clean as I could get them without being too abrasive (They're Christy soles so they won't be perfectly clean, nor would we want them that way).
Step 3 - Wipe them clean with a damp paper towel or cloth.
Conclusion - I really like this method, and generally prefer it over using a plastic scrub pad, especially if the soles are particularly dirty. However, the melamine sponge gets absolutely shredded and is quite messy, which requires some extra time for prep and/or clean up.
Step 4 - Reseal the soles with protectant of your choice (testing Kiwi Boot Protector on this pair because of it's easy availability).
(Finished cleaned Danner Mountain Light Overton Christy soles)