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How to Restore Old Sneakers Like a Pro

How to Restore Old Sneakers Like a Pro

This is how the sneakers look like at the beginning.

The shoes at the beginning - Imgur

    And this is how the pair’s bottoms appear.

    The shoe bottoms at the beginning - Imgur

      Problem: How to make these black spots of doom disappear? (Look below)

      The black spots of doom! - Imgur

        The first thing on my list of tasks is to make those ugly black spots vanish like David Copperfield! So this is what I did: I attached them to a bag and dumped them on my washer like what you see on the following photo.

        Cleaning them - Imgur

          Next thing I did is clean the rubber. Like so…

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          time to clean the rubber - Imgur

            To clean the rubber I enlisted the services of a golf club head cleaner, a weird looking nail cleaning thingamajig, pledge (yes, the one you can get from any supermarket), and not to forget, nail polish. (Look above). Then time for scrub-a-dub-dub!

            Scruba dub dub - Imgur

              The Pledge have to be applied in this step, and I scrubbed to my heart’s desire using the golf club cleaner. (See the image above)

              Next, I’ll show you the typical “after and before” photo (I know it should be “before and after”) the cleaning, but my photos will not coordinate with my text if I do that, so I have to invert the order! (The “after look” is on your left, just to be sure).

              After the cleaning before the cleaning - Imgur

                It’s nail polish time!

                Nail polish time - Imgur

                  Using paper towels, I wiped off the old layer of rubber.

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                  Now, you’ll see the “after and before” nail polish and pledge look of the sneakers.

                  After the Nail polish & pledge before - Imgur

                    The “after look” is on your left. (Again, just to be sure!).

                    Let’s check the tips’ “after and before” look. (Check below).

                    After before on the tips  - Imgur

                      “After” is on your left.

                      How about the bottoms?

                      After before on the botoms - Imgur

                        Do I still need to tell you the “after look” is on the left? (Just to make sure–it is on the left–the outer rubber covering is still coming apart on the right shoe).

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                        Next step? Drying.

                        Time to dry! - Imgur

                          After rinsing the pair with warm water, it’s time to dry them up.

                          Now, it’s time to burn the lace. Don’t get me wrong… we did not destroy them, we restored them.

                          Lace burning - Imgur

                            After their stint on the washer and dried up, I burn the ends to create aglets.

                            Outer covering coming apart? No worries.

                            coming apart no problem - Imgur

                              The layers of the shoe rubber were coming apart, so I had to re-attached them.

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                              To do the job, I used silicon.

                              I used silicon - Imgur

                                Just basic silicon rubber does the trick.

                                Signed, sealed, delivered… It’s done! (Borrowed the words from the lyrics of a Peter Frampton song).

                                sealed - Imgur

                                  Time to present… (Drum roll please…) Tuh-Duh… The finished product!

                                  Finished product  - Imgur

                                    It’s 20 times better than how it looked before. (Like you need telling).

                                    Original Source: How To clean Shoes Like a Pro by CopperFlame via imgur.com.

                                    Featured photo credit: How To clean Shoes Like a Pro/copperflame via imgur.com

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                                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                    When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                    So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                    1. Exercise

                                    It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                    2. Drink in Moderation

                                    I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                    3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                    Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                    4. Watch Less Television

                                    A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                    Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                    5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                    Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                    If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                    6. Don’t Smoke

                                    This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                    7. Socialize

                                    Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                    8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                    Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                    9. Be Optimistic

                                    Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                    10. Own a Pet

                                    Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                    11. Drink Coffee

                                    Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                    12. Eat Less

                                    Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                    13. Meditate

                                    Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                    Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                    How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                                    14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                    Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                    15. Laugh Often

                                    Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                    16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                    Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                    17. Cook Your Own Food

                                    When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                    Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                    18. Eat Mushrooms

                                    Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                    19. Floss

                                    Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                    20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                    Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                    Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                    21. Have Sex

                                    Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                    [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                    [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                    [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                    [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                    [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                    [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                    [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                    [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                    [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                    [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                    [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                    [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                    [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                    [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                    [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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