Sneakers are the shoes that stain the most, because you use them for playing sports, walking, walking… These type of shoes accompany you wherever you go, so it is inevitable that they accumulate a lot of dirt. But, how do you properly clean your sneakers?
Whether fabric, suede, white or colored, here is the best way to machine wash your sneakers without worrying about damaging them.
Before putting your shoes in the washing machine, ask yourself if this is the right thing to do, as this action can damage them. In fact, it’s not the safest way to clean sneakers. In addition, depending on their different textures and colors, the large amount of water they receive in the washing machine and the movements of the spin cycle can be harmful for certain materials, such as suede.
However, if they are already worn or have a stain that is very difficult to remove, you can use this method when it is really necessary. Here is the best way to wash your sneakers in the washing machine.
1. The sneakers in the washing machine
This type of shoe is one of the most susceptible to damage in a washing machine, as the soles can peel off, the surface can be damaged and can even warp. That is why we recommend that you take the following precautions to maximize the lifespan of your shoes:
Removing the laces is the first thing to do. Tie a knot so that they stay together and put them in a bag, otherwise they may clog the flow.
Remove the soles if possible and wash them by hand, otherwise they may fall apart in the washing machine.
Remove surface dirt such as dirt, sand, mud and other substances before putting them in the washing machine. Try to remove them with a brush by rubbing the dirt with soap and water.
Do not put your shoes in the drum of the washing machine, but rather in a cloth bag.
It is recommended to wash them on their own with a short program, in cold water so as not to damage them.
Dry them in a place airy but never in direct sunlight or near a heater. And never put them in the dryer.
2. Cleaning white sneakers in the washing machine
You have to be careful with the cleaning products you use for the shoes because in the case of white shoes if you use bleach they will turn yellowish. So how do you get them back to their original whiteness?
Use the following steps to wash slippers in the washing machine.
Mix one and a half part detergent and one part baking soda in a bowl and stir until combined.
Moisten the shoes with a spray bottle or damp cloth, but do not get them too wet.
Using a small brush, dip the detergent and baking soda mixture into the mixture and scrub the shoes with it. Leave it on for a few minutes.
Rinse them and sprinkle with talcum powder to absorb the moisture.
Finally, put them in the washing machine, but do not use cleaning products unsuitable for the slippers, only the washing water.
3. Washing fabric shoes in the washing machine
Cloth shoes get more dirty than leather shoes, the stains are more noticeable, especially if they are white. To clean these types of shoes, follow these steps:
As in the previous cases, remove the laces and the soles.
Before putting the shoes in the washing machine, soak them in cold or warm soapy water and scrub them with a brush until the stains are gone. If they are very dirty, you can use a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide and scrub vigorously.
Then wash the shoes in the washing machine, following the precautions in the previous sections.
Follow the same instructions to take them out, but stuff the inside with paper or a rag so they don’t warp.
4. Washing suede shoes in the washing machine
Suede is a very delicate material and can be damaged by moisture, so it is not recommended to clean suede shoes in the washing machine. In addition, they could lose their color or damage the fabric. The same goes for leather shoes. In this case, you can use a brush and wash them by hand.
5. Washing leather sneakers in the washing machine
You must follow the same instructions given. For stains, it is recommended to remove them by hand so that they do not disperse during washing.
Here are some homemade tips for removing stains from leather:
Dark stains on white sneakers: sprinkle with talcum powder and leave on overnight to absorb the stain. The next day, brush the shoes dry. You can also do this with baking soda.
Stubborn stains: you can try rubbing with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Let the shoes air dry, then put them in the washing machine.
Never use hot water, as your shoes may shrink. And don’t use harsh cleaning products on your shoes, either. Finally, when cleaning shoes, always treat them as if they were delicate clothes so that they do not warp.