Despite not knowing what a shoe mitt is, chances are you probably saw one at some point in your life. Most commonly, people find them in hotel rooms and don’t know what they’re for.
Shoe mitts are little pieces of fabric that can either be shaped like a bag or a shoe glove. They’re most commonly used for cleaning shoes and wiping off any sort of dirt. But, you can also use them to polish your footwear.
Aside from keeping your shoes clean, they can also serve a number of other purposes. Their use is only limited by your creativity.
Although most of us only see it in hotel rooms, you can buy one for yourself. They’re a great addition to whatever shoe care products you already own. So, if you find that getting one sounds like a good investment, we encourage you to do so!
How to use a shoe mitt
Like we already stated, you can use these little pieces of fabric for just about anything. A tool is only as good as the hands that wield it. So, let’s take a look at how exactly you can use shoe mitts to the best of your abilities.
1. Cleaning shoes
The way you use shoe mitts depends on the type of shoes you’re wearing. For example, if you have leather boots or shoes with a glossy finish, you can use polish or other liquid products. But, if your shoes are made out of textile materials, using polish would damage them.
In the case of textile footwear, you can only use the shoe mitt to roughly get the dirt off. As for glossier textures, there are a few steps you can take while cleaning. First, you need to gently wipe away any dirt or dust off your shoes.
When doing so, keep in mind not to use both sides of the cloth. You’ll need one side to be clean for later use. Once you’ve finished roughly wiping the shoe, fold the mitt in half and leave the clean sides open. Then get some shoe polish or moisturizer and evenly distribute it over your shoe.
Once you’re sure it’s evenly spread, use the other part to carefully polish your footwear until it shines. Then you can leave your shoes to dry, and they’ll look as good as new. But what about other things? What else can you use this fabric for?
2. Keeping screens clean
Another great use for shoe mitts is cleaning all sorts of screens. You can use them to wipe your phone, tablet, laptop, tv, or just about anything. The material is soft and designed with the intent of not being damaging, so it’s perfectly safe.
These are micro-fiber cloths specifically made for this purpose, but it’s perfectly fine to use shoe mitts, too. You might not always have access to a proper cleaning cloth, so these can come in handy. Especially if you’re on a trip and found one in a hotel room.
3. For leather bags, jackets, or furniture
Yes, you can use this fabric to clean just about anything made out of leather. It’s even recommended. As much as your shoes need a shine every now and then, so does your purse or jacket. Even your furniture can use some polishing at times.
4. Holder for tablets or phones
It might seem a bit funny, but why not?! If you’re in need of a tablet or phone holder, shoe mitts can be your first aid. They’re soft and protective, so they’ll have no issue keeping your device safe and dust-free. Until you find a proper device holder, these are a perfect replacement.
5. Cleaning fashion accessories
Shoe mitts can also be used to clean accessories such as jewelry and watches. The fabric is made out of soft cloth or sometimes even microfiber, so it cannot damage your possessions. You can use it to wipe off any dust or even polish it if necessary.
6. Wiping off liquids
These can be great first aid if you spill something and you don’t want it to leave a stain. The cloth is super absorbent, so it’ll have no issue gathering up the liquid before it creates a mess. Toilet paper and tissues often don’t do a proper job cleaning up, so shoe mitts can be a great help.
7. Clearing up a foggy windshield
I think we’ve all been in this situation. We sit in our car during winter and the windshield is foggy. We have no time to sit and wait for it to clear up, so we clean it with our hands or sleeves. Wouldn’t it be better to use a soft and absorbent cloth? Keeping a shoe mitt in the car could be the solution!
Can the mitt damage your shoes?
Most shoe mitts are made out of either cotton or microfiber. While the cotton tends to be of lower quality than the one in towels or napkins, it’s still very soft. And the microfiber ones are even better in quality.
Since they can’t even damage your screens, they definitely can’t damage your footwear. Just make sure to be gentle, because the only thing that can cause damage is your hand and pressure. If you clean your shoes correctly, you have nothing to worry about.
How to get one and how to take care of it?
Since the most common place where you can find them is a hotel, it’s possible to keep that one. However, some hotels might not allow you to bring the mitt home. If that’s the case, you could always just buy one. They’re available at Walmart, as well as on eBay and Amazon.
Once you’re done cleaning your shoes or anything else, you’re left with a new problem. How do you clean the shoe mitt now? Well, it depends on the kind of mitt you have. Some are made for single use only. But there are others that you can wash in the washing machine.
Just be sure to read the packaging. If you want a shoe mitt that you can clean in the washing machine, consider getting a set. These sets contain a whole range of shoe-cleaning products. They’re typically of much higher quality and the mitts last much longer than the others.
Is a brush better than a shoe mitt?
If you’re like me, you probably grew up in a household that used brushes for shoe care. But are they better than mitts? Which one does a better job at keeping your footwear clean? Well, it depends on the material of your shoes.
While brushes can be great for getting dust and dirt out of rough textured materials, they can damage leather. The bristles are normally very sharp, and they can cause scratch lines on your glossy shoes. So, mitts would definitely be the better choice in this case.
However, when it comes to textile materials, shoe mitts probably just won’t be strong enough to clean them properly. That’s where brushes come in handy. The bristles can get inside all the nooks and crannies and get all the specks out.
That’s why it’s so difficult to say which is better. Ideally, you should have both inside your household. That way, you’ll be able to keep all of your shoes clean, regardless of the material. Both your textile and your glossy shoes will look impeccable.
Cleaning makes your shoes last longer and shoe mitts are a very handy little tool that you can use. Despite being originally meant for cleaning footwear, you can use them for anything you feel like, really. We’ve mentioned only a few possible purposes, but we encourage you to get creative!
Who knows in what other ways this little piece of fabric could be useful? They’re very easy to come by and they’re normally cheap, so why not stock up on multiple? You can keep some in your car and some in your house!
You now know how to use them. So, if you come across one in a hotel, make sure to make the most of it! And if you don’t need it at that moment, check if you’re allowed to bring it home with you. You never know when you might need one.