How Do I Clean My Hey Dudes

How Do I Clean My Hey Dudes

In today’s DIY I will answer the question for how do I clean my hey dudes? Hey Dudes are very popular today because of the comfort they offer. These shoes are comfortable and affordable at the same. Gone are the days when Hey Dudes used to be the go-to choice of footwear for teenagers and youngsters. Today, people of all age groups prefer them because they are lightweight, and provide ultimate comfort even when worn for long hours.

Canvas, suede and leather are some of the most commonly used sustainable materials for making these Hey Dudes. Since they are used extensively for all types of outings, they tend to get dirty soon. However, don’t worry; cleaning them is not a complicated task. The only thing you have to remember is to use the right cleaning method for the right material of Hey Dudes.

Listed below are some tried & tested methods you can use to clean your Hey Dudes to keep them clean and shining always.

Supplies needed to clean Hey Dudes

  • Clean Paper Towels or Microfiber Rags
  • Liquid Detergent
  • Mild dish soap
  • Washing machine
  • Newspaper rolls
  • Suede Brush
  • Suede Protector Spray


Washing Hey Dudes In A Washing Machine

  • Using a clean cloth, get rid of the mud and excess dirt on your Hey Dudes before putting them in the washing machine.
  • You have to remove the laces and insoles of your Hey Dudes before washing them in the machine. Laces and Insoles can get distorted or damaged when washed like this.
  • Pour just about 15ml of liquid detergent into the appropriate compartment, and set your machine to the “Light” wash routine. If you can’t see this setting in your machine, choose the “Delicate” option.
  • Always use cold water for washing your Hey Dudes in the machine.
  • Allow the shoes to air-dry on a clothesline for about 2 to 3 hours. Check if they have dried completely before using them.
  • You can wash the laces and insoles separately by hand, using mild dish soap & water. Don’t dry them under direct sunlight, as the heat can damage them. Keeping newspaper rolls inside the shoes when they dry helps to keep their shapes firm and perfect.
  • Machine-washing is recommended only for canvas Hey Dudes.


Washing Hey Dudes by hand

  • Using a clean cloth or paper towel, you have to wipe off the excess dirt marks and patches on your Hey Dudes. This can be done if your shoes are very dirty.
  • In a bucket of water, mix a few drops of mild liquid detergent and swish the water well until you notice bubbles forming in the bucket.
  • Dip a clean towel or microfiber cloth in this solution and blot the dirt marks on the Hey Dudes gently. Wipe the sides where you notice a lot of dirt patches.
  • If some places of the shoes still have dirt marks, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub gently and get rid of these marks.
  • Repeat the process as many times as you want, until you notice that the cloth doesn’t absorb any more dirt or mud stains. Keep changing the cloth during the process. This way, you can track if it is able to pick up the stains while blotting.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub the dirt patches on the soles. Make sure to scrub gently until you notice that your soles are clean.
  • Dip a clean towel in a bucket of lukewarm water, and wring it well. Use this towel to wipe your Hey Dudes gently but thoroughly. Make sure that the soapy residues are completely wiped off the shoes.
  • Allow your Hey Dudes to air-dry thoroughly. Don’t put them to dry under direct sunlight. You can place crushed paper rolls inside the shoes to retain their shape while drying.


How to clean suede Hey Dudes


  • Use a suede brush (not any other brush) to wipe the sides of your suede Hey Dudes. Brush thoroughly to get rid of all the patches and scuff marks.
  • If there are any harsh stains on your suede Hey Dudes (like oil or grease marks), dip the suede brush in a bowl of cold water, and scrub over the stains well to get rid of them.
  • Keep blotting the shoes with a clean & dry cloth, until all the stains and dirt marks have lifted completely.
  • Let the shoes air-dry throughout the night.
  • Once you are sure that the suede Hey Dudes have dried completely, you can apply a layer of suede protector over them to keep them free from stains & damage. However, give this protector about 30 minutes of curing time before you use your Hey Dudes.

When washing leather or woolen Hey Dudes, you should use the apt cleaning solution for them. Please buy cleaners exclusively manufactured for leather or woolen fabrics so that you don’t damage your shoes. Also, remember that you should never wash suede, leather, or woolen Hey Dudes in a washing machine. Always wash them by hand to retain their shape and size.

Some generic tips

  • Don’t wash your Hey Dudes regularly in the washing machine. Do this only on rare occasions when your shoes get very dirty and filled with mud patches.
  • Always wipe away the dirt marks immediately with a clean and wet cloth. Cleaning the dirt patches as soon as you spot them will ensure that the stains don’t accumulate on the sides of your Hey Dudes.
  • After using your Hey Dudes, do you put them away in the shoe rack and close the door? If yes, please check if your shoes are absolutely dry before doing this. Even a slight amount of moisture can cause damage to your shoes extensively. Remove the insoles and laces before allowing the shoes to air-dry thoroughly through the night.
  • Never dry your Hey Dudes in your washing machine’s dryer. This will lead to them shrinking and warping easily. Air-drying is the best way to dry your Hey Dudes. Usually, they dry within 2 to 3 hours when air-dried on a clothesline. So, please stick to this method of drying always to extend your shoes’ lifespan and performance.

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