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How to Clean Footwear: A Buyer’s Guide to Jason Markk

Established back in ‘07 in Los Angeles, Jason Markk is the world’s most trusted brand when it comes to premium shoe care. Founded by, you’ve guessed it, Jason Markk himself - the first product to be introduced to the Jason Markk line was their coveted Premium Shoe Cleaner which quickly skyrocketed into the mainstream. Since then, the brand has followed with a broad range of shoe cleaning products catering to every type of material.

jason markk shoe cleaner

Picking the right shoe cleaner can be a tricky job.  From how-to videos to the history of Jason Markk, we've consulted with our expert buyers at AllSole and we've got you covered. Keep scrolling for our Buyer's Guide to Jason Markk...

It's important to figure out which brush you'll need before you start. There's 2 to choose from; The Standard Brush is made of synthetic bristles for great all-around cleaning and works well for areas like midsoles whereas The Premium Brush is made from soft hog's hair for delicate materials like suede, mesh and cotton canvas!

#1 How to clean trainers

Wondering how to make your trainers look brand new again? Look no further. Trusted by the likes of brands and influencers worldwide, it's never been easier to get that freshly-unboxed feeling.HOW TO CLEAN TRAINERSFor a deep clean...

  1. Start by dry brushing your trainer (this gets rid of any loose surface dirt and avoids rubbing more dirt into the shoe once wet!)
  2. Take out the laces and set aside
  3. Grab a bowl of water and dab in your Shoe Cleaning Brush
  4. Shake off the excess water, then add 4-5 drops of the Premium Shoe Cleaner solution to the brush
  5. Move in circular motions as the solution foams up and begins to cleanse your trainer
  6. Whilst the shoe is still wet, take the Premium Microfiber Towel and wipe down the trainer (this attracts the dirt away from the shoe!)
  7. Add both sets laces to the bowl of water
  8. Shake off the excess water, then add 2 drops of the Premium Shoe Cleaner onto the laces
  9. Foam them up using your hands and finally rub them dry with the Premium Microfiber Towel

In a rush? No worries!

The team at Jason Markk recently adapted their trusted Premium Shoe Cleaning Solution as a convenient Ready-To-Use Foam application which is PERFECT for those of us in a rush. The solution is pre-diluted, meaning you don't need that extra bowl of water and can save yourself some time.

#2 Who is Jason Markk?

Jason Mark Angsuvarn grew up in Southern California, he founded his eponymous shoe care label back in '07 and now lives in Los Angeles - where JM is headquartered. For Jason, the lack of cleaning solution good enough for his prized sneakers was all it took for him to hit the market with the Jason Markk brand.

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Fuelled by his love of kicks, plenty of failed homemade solutions and his drive to better the marketplace - Jason contracted a chemist to formulate a nonabrasive cleaning solution, ensuring this was delicate on suede but tough enough for rubber.

Jason Markk's social following skyrocketed when he documented his cleaning process after dropping mustard and onions from a street hot dog onto his Air Jordan 3s after a Jay-Z and Kanye West concert.

Now, Jason Markk is officially the world’s most trusted brand when it comes to premium shoe care.

#3 Does Jason Markk work?

In short - yes!

Jason Markk products are insanely good at lifting any type of dirt and conditioning your footwear. The Premium Shoe Cleaner solutions can be used on all colours and materials including leather, suede, canvas, nubuck, vinyl, cotton mesh and more. There are 0 harsh chemicals or abrasives involved and it's 100% biodegradable.

#4 How to use Jason Markk

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To deep clean your trainers, boots or sandals with Jason Markk product you'll need these 3x things:

  • The Solution
  • The Brush
  • The Microfiber Towel
jason markk wipes

To keep your footwear maintained, these products are perfect:

  • The Repel Spray
  • The Quick Wipes

The Repel Spray creates a durable, breathable barrier that effectively repels liquids and stains and it's safe to use on all materials. For a quick fix, the individually packaged Quick Wipes are perfect due to their textured raised dots that are soaked in the cleaning solution.

#5 Can Jason Markk clean suede?

Yes! The Jason Markk Suede Kit is perfect for treating suede footwear. The kit comes with an eraser, which dry cleans the suede and dirty midsoles, and a soft horse hair suede brush to revive the buttery nap on your delicate suede.

jason markk suede cleaner

For a deeper clean, you can also use any of the Jason Markk solutions on suede as the formula is non-abrasive - but make sure you're using the JM Premium Brush as this is much softer and specifically designed for delicate materials!

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Ciara Martin
Ciara Martin Writer and expert

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