Over the past few weeks, I have received many emails from Nike Vapor 8 owners who don’t know how to clean their new boots! The problem with the suede microfiber upper is that it scuffs very easily, and after 2 or 3 wears they can actually start to look worn. The material almost soaks stains in and unlike all other synthetic uppers we have seen on the market, a wet rag just won’t take those dreaded marks off. It is one emerging negative of the new Vapor boot we reviewed a few weeks back.
In fact, I spent some time testing different cleaning products that I regularly recommend – with no joy. But, yesterday I found a new solution that did a fantastic job of removing 90% of the markings. Before I name it, you need to be aware that I have not and don’t intend to scientifically test this product’s impact on the suede upper. In other words, I cannot tell you how it impacts the upper long run and can only offer details from my experience. If you decide to try it, please do so at your own risk!
Check the solution out after the jump….
What is the Solution?
Meet the Mr Muscle Magic Eraser – I’ve seen this product used to clean walls before and it does a fantastic job of removing paint and other stains…..apparently it also removes stains on boots! It took me 5 minutes to clean both boots and they look pretty much brand new again. There are still some scuff marks, but it is a far improvement from what the boots looked like before, as you will see from the top image.
Where to Find Them
There are a multitude of different Mr Muscle Magic Eraser available to buy online or in store. I used the Extra Power version pictured above, purchasing a 2-pack for around $3.50.
If anyone has comments on this option or have found another way to clean the boots, please share in the comment section below to help other players out!
**In hindsight after reviewing the images, I don’t think the lighting does justice to the extent of scuffing. In other words, there is a much larger difference in how they look in person compared to the images on this post!