How to Leave Shoes Spotless

By Mia Elliott

He’s wearing squeaky clean Jordan Taxi 12s that are black and a bright white and inspired by the Japanese flag. Because of this preference for looking his best, sophomore Chase Jefferson turned his love of a pristine shoe into a business, and 50 pairs of shoes later, Spotless Shoe Cleaning Service continues to provide customers with clean shoes.

With his mom owning her own fitness business and his dad being a landowner for a few apartment complexes, Chase was inspired to start Spotless. After cleaning his parents’ shoes every once in awhile for money, Chase felt that he was actually good at cleaning shoes and wanted to earn more money for doing it, and from there, Spotless was born.

“Money is what triggers me to do this because I just need some,” Jefferson said. “I got school and the easiest compatible job to do without actually having to leave home is this business.”

Chase charges $5 to $10 dollars per pair, and has cleaned about 50 shoes. The shoe cleaning process takes three days per pair. On the first day, he prepares the shoes by wiping the first layer of dirt off with water and a towel. Next, he uses a brown rectangular shoe cleaning brush with a special cleaning product from Las Vegas. To ensure that the shoes are shiny and scuff-free, Chase scrubs them for about five minutes.

“I’m not one of those people who rush through it,” Chase said. “I just take my time until the shoes are spotless.”

The second day of cleaning is all about the shoes laces. He soaks the shoe laces bleach to remove stains, hand washes them and lets the air dry. On the third day, Chase returns the freshly cleaned shoes to the customer.

“When I gave them to him, the shoes were like a half a year old and when I got them back, they looked like they just came out of the box,” freshman Rizwan Hyder said.

In the future, Chase hopes to keep Spotless going. Currently, Chase would like to expand his business and keep it running through college in order to earn some extra money, which would prevent him from having to take out as much money in student loans.

“My goal is to expand my company to more destinations, to where I can have the shoes shipped in, and have more business so I can start putting the money towards college,” Jefferson said.