How to Clean Adidas Gazelles

Known for their brightly colored suede lining and iconic Adidas striping, Adidas Gazelle sneakers offer a unique blend of performance and style. If you own a pair of Gazelles, however, you know that their soft suede exterior can be tricky to clean and maintain. With a few tips on how to properly clean and protect your classic kicks, your Adidas Gazelles will stay looking and smelling fresh for years to come![1]
EditTreating Stains on Suede
Remove excess dirt and shoelaces. Prepare your shoes for cleaning by brushing away excess dirt, removing the shoelaces, and stuffing your shoes with newspaper or a shoe tree to protect their shape. You can use either a shoe brush or a damp rag to clean off the top layer of dirt clinging to the surface of your shoes.
Suede is soft and fairly delicate. Use gentle brushing motions to clear away dirt.

You can wash your laces either by hand or by placing them in a mesh laundry bag in a washing machine.

Treat food and salt stains with vinegar and water. If you wear your Gazelles through the winter they may accumulate salt stains. To remove salt stains, apply a mixture of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar to the stained area with a rag. Allow it to dry, then gently go over the area with a brush.
White vinegar works best.[2]

Remove oil and grease stains with baking soda. Pour a small amount of baking soda on the stain and allow it to sit for several hours as it draws in the liquid. Gently brush away the baking soda with an old toothbrush using a circular motion.[3]
Oil and grease stains can be very tough to remove. If the stain is too strong for the baking soda cleaning method, you should consider having your shoes professionally cleaned.

Mist dried water stains with water. Strangely enough, the treatment for dried water stains is adding more water. But only a small amount! Lightly mist the area around the stain, then gently brush the spot in a circular motion.[4]
Focus your brushing especially on the borderlines of the dried water stain. The spot should blend in with the rest of the shoe after drying.

Use a white pencil eraser to remove scuffs. Scuff marks are caused when the fibers of the suede material on your Gazelles get flattened. You can use a pencil eraser to gently rub the affected area to lift the nap and remove any markings.[5]
Avoid using a pink eraser as the color might transfer to your shoe.

For especially difficult scuff marks you can use a fingernail file.

EditCleaning the Leather Stripes and Sole
Remove the shoe insoles and deodorize the shoe’s interior. To keep your shoes smelling fresh, don’t forget to clean inside! After removing the insoles, spray them with a deodorizing cleanser to kill any odor-causing bacteria. You can also spray a rag and wipe the interior of your shoe to combat any lingering odor. Allow your shoes and the insoles to air dry.
Lysol or Febreze are both cleaners that eliminate odor-causing bacteria.

If you would prefer a natural option, you can use tea tree oil or other essential oil. Place several drops of tea tree oil onto a rag and wipe the interior of the shoe. For tough odors, add several drops to a paper towel and leave inside the shoe overnight. Tea tree oil is thought to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.[6]

Wipe leather parts with a rag dampened with water. Carefully wipe the leather stripes on the shoe’s exterior with a rag to remove dirt. Make sure to avoid smearing dirt onto the suede sections of your shoes. If your rag gets dirty, use a fresh rag and continue cleaning. This will help ensure that dirt doesn’t accidentally come in contact with the suede.
For stubborn dirt or mud, use a mild detergent diluted with water to dampen your rag.

Avoid applying leather cleaner to the stripes as it may damage nearby suede.

Use a rag dampened with a diluted cleaning solution to clean the bottom of the shoes. Dirt may have also accumulated around the external rim of the shoe’s sole. Dampen a rag with a diluted detergent mixture to wipe away the dirt.
You can use an old toothbrush to scrub away any dry or caked on dirt stuck to the rubber sole.

Brush the entire shoe for a uniform texture. After cleaning the leather, use a shoe brush or dry rag to go over the entire shoe once more. This will smooth out any rough areas caused by the spot treatments, leaving a smooth, uniform look.

EditProtecting and Maintaining Your Gazelles
Apply protective spray to minimize future stains. Now that you’ve gotten your Gazelles looking clean and spiffy it is time to protect them from future stains and dirt! Shoe stores carry a variety of different protective sprays which are designed to be applied to suede shoes.
Follow the application instructions listed on the spray bottle.

Brush your shoes regularly with a shoe brush to eliminate dirt. Dirt build-up over time can cause your shoes to look prematurely worn-out. Similarly, scuff marks can accumulate and become more difficult to remove over time. Regularly brushing the suede on your Gazelles will keep them looking fresh and new!
You may want to consider investing in a suede brush, which is specifically constructed for this type of maintenance.

Avoid wearing your shoes in the rain as water stains suede easily. Suede is especially susceptible to water damage. If possible, it is best not to wear your Gazelles in the rain.

Though you may be tempted to speed up the drying time after cleaning your shoes, never place your them near heaters or in the dryer. Intense heat can warp the shape of your shoes![7]
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Today in History for 2nd February 2019

Historical Events

1349 – By this date at least 200 people a day were being buried in London as a result of the Black Death
1802 – 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
1829 – Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage
1927 – Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy’s “Rio Rita” premieres in NYC
1952 – Hubert de Givenchy presents his first collection in Paris with Bettina Graziani opening the show
1955 – 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC

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Famous Birthdays

1925 – Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
1929 – Reiner Bredemeyer, composer
1932 – Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom “Soap”, born in Clever, Missouri (d. 2018)
1942 – Barry Diller, founder (Fox-TV)
1954 – Ina Garten, American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York
1966 – Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star

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Famous Deaths

1512 – Hatüey, Taíno chief known as Cuba’s First National Hero, is burned alive by Spanish colonialists
1660 – Gaston, Duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, dies at 51
1867 – Forceythe Willson, American poet (The Old Sergeant), dies at 29
1941 – Johannes Schlaf, German writer and translator, dies at 78
1952 – Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, dies at 79
1969 – Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83

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How to Get Rid of Algae in Ponds

A pond can be a beautiful and ornamental addition to a garden or home, but it might lose some of its charm if the water is green and murky with algae. Whether you want a cleaner pond in the long-term with more natural solutions, prefer to use mechanical or chemical solutions to remove algae from the pond, or want to prevent algae from building up, there are several easy options that can help you achieve your goal.

EditCleaning Algae with Natural Solutions
Plant aquatic plants in your pond to absorb algae forming nutrients. As a living organism, algae draws nutrients from the water in order to live. Add some more appealing plants, such as lily pads, cattails, or watercress, to your pond that will suck up all of those nutrients and stop algae from being able to grow. This can help keep your water clear and make your pond look more interesting.[1]
Your local nursery or garden store should have a wide selection of plants perfect for your pond. Ask if you’re unsure about the best types of plant to use.

For best results, cover around 60% of the surface of your pond with plants.

Avoid overfeeding your fish to stop leftover food from rotting. If you have fish in your pond, you should only feed them the amount of food that they can consume in around 5 minutes. If you feed them more than this, the excess food will drift to the bottom and rot, which can be a catalyst for algae growth.[2]
If you’re unsure about how much to feed your fish, check the instructions on your fish food for a rough guide. You should be feeding your fish once a day with a small sprinkling of food. Watch your fish for 5 minutes after you feed them to see how much food is left over and adjust accordingly.

Remove the algae from the surface of your pond with a skimmer or algae net. The easiest way to clean algae from the top of a pond is simply lifting it up and off. Use a skimmer or algae net to skim the surface of your pond, pulling the algae free and removing it from the pond. This may take a while, but will give you immediate results when it’s done.[3]
Although this is a very quick solution, it’s not one that will work long-term. Removing the algae won’t stop it from growing back.

Add barley straw to the pond to slowly kill the algae. As it rots, barley straw will slowly release small amounts of hydrogen peroxide that will kill any algae growing in your pond. Buy a small bale of barley straw and throw it into your pond when you first notice algae growing in your pond. Over the course of a few weeks, you should notice the algae in your pond disappearing.[4]
Use of barley straw for every of water in your pond.[5]
Barley straw should be available from your local pet shop, as it is used for bedding for a lot of small animals. Otherwise, it may be available at a specialty pond store or online.

The amount of hydrogen peroxide released by the rotting barley straw should be just enough to kill the algae, without killing any other plants in your pond.

Introduce algae eating creatures to your pond. Similarly to using plants to prevent algae from growing, there are plenty of animals you can add to your pond that will directly feed of algae. Add a few tadpoles or some aquatic pond snails to your pond and keep an eye on them as they grow. They should begin eating the algae in your pond, as well as bringing a little more life to it.[6]
Tadpoles will also eat mosquito and other insect larvae that may settle on the top of your pond.

EditUsing Mechanical and Chemical Solutions
Install a fine bubble aerator to increase the movement of the water. One of the main causes of algae bloom is the lack of water movement. Purchase a fine bubble aerator and install it in the deepest section of your pond. This will constantly aerate the water, keeping it moving to produce a healthier environment in the pond and prevent harmful algae.[7]
Fine bubble aerators should be available from a specialty pond store. If you don’t have one nearby, there are plenty of online retailers that sell aerators.

Clean your filtration system once a month to keep the water clean. If your pond has a filtration system installed but algae is still able to grow, you may need to clean the filter inside the system more often. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean your filter at least once each month to prevent algae from forming.[8]
A pond filter isn’t necessary, but can be useful in keeping the water in your pond clean.

If you have a large mechanical filter, you should be able to clean it by attaching a backwash hose and backwashing the filter until the water runs clear.

For smaller filters, remove the filter and clean it with non-chlorinated water to remove any obvious grime, gunk, or algae.

Make sure you clean out your pond filter away from the pond. If you clean it too close the pond, everything you remove from the filter will end up back in your pond over time.

Use an ultraviolet light sterilizer to destroy algae. Ultraviolet light is great at sterilizing and damaging a lot of organic materials, including algae. Install a pond filter that has an ultraviolet light sterilizer in your pond to break down and destroy algae as it grows. After 3 to 5 days, your water should be free of algae and clear.[9]
Filters with UV light sterilizers will be more expensive than other filters, but also a lot more effective. They should be available from a specialty pond store or online.

This is a very effective way to kill algae in ponds, but may also harm beneficial bacteria and other positive organic material in your pond.

Treat the pond water with algaecides. If you can’t clean your water and remove your algae any other way, you can use algaecides to treat the water and kill the algae. Purchase an algaecide or herbicide that contains copper and spray it over your pond to begin killing off the algae. You should see the algae begin to die off within 3 to 10 days from the first treatment.[10]
Algaecides and herbicides are made of chemicals that are designed to kill algae, so they will be more harmful than other natural methods used to remove algae. Use algaecides as a last resort. Always consult the instructions on your chosen algaecides or herbicides before using them in a pond with plants or living creatures.

Make sure you check with local regulations before treating your water with an algaecide. You may need a permit for some chemicals in some locations.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when working with an algaecide. Using more than is required may damage your pond or harm any wildlife living in or around it.

EditPreventing Algae from Forming
Build your pond in a shady area to limit sunlight. Algae needs sunlight to grow, so if you’re still in the planning stages of a new pond, consider installing it in an area that only gets a little sun. Try building a pond near a tall wall, or use a shade mat or sail to stop algae from being able to grow.[11]
You shouldn’t rely on shade that comes from large trees, as they may drop leaves into the pond. Fallen leaves will eventually rot and let algae grow, meaning you’ll need to clean your pond more often.

Shade mats and sails are custom-made barriers that will prevent excess sunlight from getting into your pond. They should be available at specialty pond stores or online.

Add a rim or border around your pond to keep out new water. Water that runs off from your garden may contain nutrients that algae can feed on to grow. Build a slight lip rim, roughly high, around the edge of your pond to limit uncontrolled water from flowing into the pond.[12]
This will also help keep fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides from getting into your pond through water runoff. All of these can be very detrimental to the health of your pond and the living things in it.

Color the water with a pond dye to reduce the amount of sunlight absorbed. There are several dyes, normally blue in color, that are designed to be added to a pond to stop sunlight from reaching the bottom, which will prevent the formation of algae. Purchase a pond dye of your choice and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to dye your pond. [13]
Pond dye should be available online or at your local specialty pond store.

The amount of pond dye needed will vary based on the size of your pond. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid over-dyeing your pond.

Make sure to properly size your pump, filtration system, and UV sterilizer.

Some types of algae are actually beneficial for your pond, providing food for fish and controlling nitrate levels. If you’re unsure what type of algae is in your pond, look online to identify it and determine if it is harmful or beneficial.

If the level of algae gets to a point where the fish are dying, drain the whole pond and scrub it all off. Add new water that has been left for 24 hours before returning the fish.

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