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Old 04-10-2017, 12:18 PM
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Shoe sole maintenance

I have the dexter SST 6's, and need to find out if anyone has a good method of cleaning the soles more than just brushing them and scuffing them up. Basically getting them back to looking new. Any suggestions?

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Other than brushing them, no, you will have to replace them.
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Old 04-11-2017, 12:24 AM
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I have the dexter SST 6's, and need to find out if anyone has a good method of cleaning the soles more than just brushing them and scuffing them up. Basically getting them back to looking new. Any suggestions?
For the leather soles: I have been using a solution of Dawn dishwashing liquid and water for years. I scrub the bottoms with a toothbrush or other fairly stiff brush while the sole is still attached to the shoe . Otherwise the velcro seems to wear out faster. Then rinse this off with water (keeping the water off of the shoe's uppers). Next, I use a dry cotton terry towel to absorb as much water as possible. After allowing the sole to air dry, I finally brush the nap with a clean brush.

For the heels: I scrape off any gunk with a wide chisel and then use some acetone on a rag to remove the rest of the dirt.

They don't come out like new, but they are much, much better than they were.
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Old 09-23-2017, 02:57 AM
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Re: Shoe sole maintenance

Since getting the Tour Ultra 3G bowling shoes, I have been cleaning the leather soles with the solvent Naphtha. I put a little bit on a clean terry cloth rag and rub vigorously, then I dry them with another clean rag until most of the solvent and dirt is soaked up. The rest will evaporate quickly. By using a brush to restore the nap, I find I can bring the soles back to almost like-new condition. This has even restored my much older Dexter SST 5 soles (which I have trimmed to fit my new 3Gs.

NOTE: This solvent is highly flammable, so be careful, and also use with adequate ventilation.

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Since getting the Tour Ultra 3G bowling shoes, I have been cleaning the leather soles with the solvent Naphtha. I put a little bit on a clean terry cloth rag and rub vigorously, then I dry them with another clean rag until most of the solvent and dirt is soaked up. The rest will evaporate quickly. By using a brush to restore the nap, I find I can bring the soles back to almost like-new condition. This has even restored my much older Dexter SST 5 soles (which I have trimmed to fit my new 3Gs.

NOTE: This solvent is highly flammable, so be careful, and also use with adequate ventilation.
We used to clean our original Linds shoes in a similar fashion. Although, I've been wearing 3G since their debut, never really considered cleaning the soles because of the ability to interchange the soles. GREAT ADVICE!

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Re: Shoe sole maintenance

If a quick brush doesn't take care of it, perhaps you need to splurge and buy a new one.
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