I’ve found a super straightforward way to clean sneakers.
Here’s how you can effortlessly and affordably get your sneakers looking pristine:
- Remove the laces to avoid tangling and damage during the cleaning process.
- Pre-treat stains manually, using a mixture of soap, water, and a touch of vinegar for tough spots like dog poop.
- Place the laces in a mesh laundry bag and wash them separately in the washing machine, using cold water to maintain their integrity.
- If your sneakers are made of suede, manually clean them with a suede eraser and brush, and avoid getting them wet.
- For machine-washable sneakers, put them in a special laundry bag with a few towels and wash them on a gentle cycle with mild detergent.
While you sneakers started clean and new, they can quickly become dirty as you wear them each day. As long as you take a few precautions, you can make your sneakers clean again. If you are short on time, you can even throw your sneakers in the wash to get them clean.
In this article, we’re going to go over how to clean sneakers. We’re going to tell you how to go about washing sneakers, and the best way to wash sneakers.
How to Wash Your Sneakers – Step by Step
Cleaning Shoe Laces
Start by removing the laces on your sneakers. Removing the laces reduces the chances of something becoming torn or tangled as you clean the sneakers.
Take care of stains before washing. The best way to get dog poop out of shoes is with soap, water, and vinegar or non-chlorine bleach if you have white shoes.
Wash white laces in cold water or a machine to get them clean again.
To limit the number of times that you have to clean your sneakers, you should regularly air out your insoles to remove foul odors. Storing the insoles in a box filled with baking soda can also neutralize any bad scents.
Carefully Clean Suede Sneakers
Suede sneakers are terrible to clean because suede is not supposed to get wet. Make sure you check out our special article about how to clean vans shoes. Your best bet for these sneakers is to get a suede eraser and a brush.
When cleaning black suede sneakers or those of different colors, the eraser helps to rub out the water spots and stains on the suede. When you have removed the spots, the brush will help to remove any dust from the eraser. Use dish soap and water to clean the outsole and midsole.
Wet the sneaker and scrub with a brush. To clean suede sneakers at home, spray the sneaker to remove any dirt that remains. Remember to brush in line with the sneaker’s lines to keep it looking good.
Once the outside of the sneaker is clean, you can use a towel to dry it or blow-dry it on the cold setting.
The Best Way to Wash Sneakers
An alternative method for cleaning tennis shoes involves removing the laces and washing them in a mesh laundry bag. Handle insoles separately using baking soda.
How to Wash Sneakers in the Washer
Like the previous method, you can use soap and water to clean the sneaker or for cleaning white mesh shoes, but with a twist: toss it in the washer. Warm water, heavy-duty detergents, and a few towels are all you need. Make sure you put your shoes in a special washing bag for shoes.
Do not wash the sneakers alone, so similarly colored towels can make up the rest of the wash. To prevent the wash from becoming unbalanced, set the speed to a lower level when cleaning white sneakers in the washer.
Handwash new, expensive shoes using the first method to prevent damage. If you are not too worried about minor damage in the washer, then this alternative strategy is much better.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is also very useful in removing scuff marks. Try a pine oil disinfectant in the wash if you’re worried about athlete’s foot, bacteria, or fungus.
How to Dry Sneakers
You do not want to put your sneakers into the clothes dryer on high heat. The highest setting will cause the sneakers to lose all of their shape and support. Instead, air-dry the sneakers in a well-ventilated area. Be careful with this method if your sneakers contain any leather parts.
To find out how to clean leather shoes or parts on your sneakers check our special tip. Use the air-dry-only option if you are pushed for time and have to use the dryer. Put white cotton towels inside of the sneakers so that they retain their shape.
After they are dry, use black, white, or other colors of shoe polish to make them look like new again. Spray canvas shoes with a protective fabric spray to prevent stains from building up.
How to Wash Sneakers in the Dishwasher
Long ago, someone made a post about washing sneakers in the dishwasher, and it went viral. You do not ever want to do this. Dishwashing soap is too harsh for sneakers and can damage them.
Plus, the high heat of the dishwasher can cause the sneakers to lose shape. If anybody in your family should still have used it, at least clean your dishwasher thoroughly after.
Plastic on the sneakers can melt, ruining your hope of wearing your sneakers again. While the mechanical spray will remove yellow stains on white shoes, it can fade cotton and ruin leather.
Clean leather parts on your sneakers separately and by hand. If you want beautiful, clean sneakers, hand wash the sneakers or use a clothes washer carefully.
If you unwittingly shrink your sneakers when cleaning them, don’t despair. There are several home remedies to help you stretch canvas shoes so that they fit you again. Follow our guidelines and your shoes will be clean and fit you like a glove.
Using the above methods, you’ll keep your sneakers looking fresh and beautiful every time.
If you need to stretch out your sneakers, there is an easy way to do that. Double-bag some water plastic storage bags and place them in your shoes to make your tennis shoes wider. Then, put the sneakers in the freezer overnight. The bags of water swell as they turn to ice and can widen both the toe and middle area of your shoes.
In this article, we went over how to clean sneakers. We covered some tactics for washing sneakers and discussed how to wash sneakers in the dishwasher.
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