How to Disinfect Shoes of Fungi?
Toenail fungus is expected to flourish in warm, humid areas and your closed-toe shoes offer a great environment for the fungus to grow. If you notice that you are starting to develop toenail fungus, it could be that the spores have infected your shoes. Keeping your shoes clean to prevent fungus could be easy but you need to do it thoroughly. When you are able to prevent your shoes from fungus at one time, you will get it at some point when you stop maintaining your cleaning routine. It is not very useful to treat your toenails for a fungus unless you take steps to makes sure that the fungus is not being perpetuated by your shoes. Disinfecting your shoes is as imperative as treating your infected toenails. Here are important steps to follow to disinfect your shoes.
- Put your shoes on a table to comfortably clean them and use a towel to protect the surface of the table. Take the shoe laces from the shoes. Open the shoes as much as possible in order to ventilate them. If your shoes are wet, dry them first in the open air or sunlight. For one thing, the smelly shoes will be outside where they are belong and secondly, when they are dried they will be ready to start to lose their smell. After drying your shoes in the sun, don’t think that you are done with disinfecting them. To prevent them from getting smelly even faster the next time you use them, treat them properly.
- Use an anti-fungal spray that is labeled as effective in against fungus in the toenails. Spray it inside the shoes including the deepest part. Keep your shoes from becoming smelly by using this spray. You can also use a low-pressure aerosol spray that has a fungicideor germicide regularly. Wet the inside and outside parts of the shoes thoroughly.
- Dry your shoes after spraying in the open air or under the sun as this will help in killing fungal spores.
- When they are dry, spray the shoes again to kill the remaining fungus that the spray may not be able to hit during the first application. Dry them again in the open air or sunlight.
- For leather shoes, apply shoe wax to the soles and uppers in order to keep moisture out and stop the growth of fungus. There are waxes with anti-mildew qualities; however, test these for possible discoloration before you use on the entire shoe.
- Always keep your shoes clean and dry.
- Keep them in a dry, cool place with enough air circulation. Never store them in closed plastics because this will encourage growth of fungus. If you need to store them in a closed bag, use a mildew inhibitor like paradichlorobenzene that inhibits the growth of molds and can give protection to fabrics during storage. Keep in mind that you should not inhale the mist when you use paradichlorobenzene spray because it is poisonous and never use the spray when you are near an open flame.
- If necessary, utilize a dehumidifier to minimize air moisture.