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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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                                    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                    1. Breathe

                                    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                    2. Loosen up

                                    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                    3. Chew slowly

                                    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                    4. Let go

                                    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                    It’s not. Promise.

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                                    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                    5. Enjoy the journey

                                    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                    6. Look at the big picture

                                    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                    Will this matter to me…

                                    • Next week?
                                    • Next month?
                                    • Next year?
                                    • In 10 years?

                                    Hint: No, it won’t.

                                    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                    8. Practice patience every day

                                    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                    Final thoughts

                                    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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