A simple cleaning process can help your everyday shoes last longer. Find out how to clean sneakers and other shoes in this guide. This will help your family always look their best.
A washing machine is convenient, and it can give your sneakers a good clean that they need to look and smell great.
Can I wash my shoes in the washer?
You can, of course. It might not sound fun to think about your sneakers banging around your drum, but it’s better than having to scrub them by hand in the sink. Still, it’s not as easy as just throwing them in.
Tools & Materials required:
- Washing Machine
- Laundry Detergent
- Stain remover
- A pillowcase
- A scrub brush or old toothbrush
- Some large towels
- A mesh
Check If Shoes Are Machine washable or not
Check to see if the smelly shoes can be washed in a machine. One way to clean shoes doesn’t work for everyone. Check the care label first because some items, like leather, suede, vinyl, and rubber, may need extra care or to be cleaned by hand.
Some shoe styles, like fabric sneakers like Keds, classic Chucks, and Toms, can handle being washed in a sudsy machine.
Get your shoes ready
Some simple prep work can speed up the whole process and give your machine a push. Separate the laces, padding, and anything else that can be taken off to make sure that the whole shoe is cleaned.
Get some padding and a pillowcase (or an underwear bag)
You can wash shoes in a mesh lingerie bag, the kind you’d use to clean bras and other delicate things. Don’t worry if you don’t have one of those. To protect the shoes, put them in an old bag that has a zipper. Otherwise, use a rubber band or a loose knot to hold the bag together.
Clean the bottoms first
You may think that your shoes are worn out when they’re not. You can clean them ahead of time and then let your washing machine finish. Remove dirt that has stuck to things by shaking or scraping them off. Scuff marks can be fixed with shoe cleaner and a damp cloth.
Use the gentle wash to clean the shoes and laces
To get the quickest cycle, choose the setting that says “gentle.” Add laundry detergent, but don’t use as much as you would for a full load. Also, make sure to use liquid laundry soap instead of powder.
Let the shoes dry in the air
Take your dirty shoes out of the washer along with the bag or sack when the wash cycle is over. They should be dried in the air because the high temperatures of your machine would damage the glue, soles, and other parts of the shoes.
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