Cleaning your sneakers seems simple until you actually have to do it. There are actually a lot of factors to consider, such as what material your sneakers are made of, what type of cleaning products you need to use, and how you should use them.
To help you figure out how to clean your sneakers properly, we’ve put together a quick guide that will have your sneakers looking box-fresh in no time at all!
1) Most sneakers can be cleaned in the washing machine, but it’s always a good idea to double-check beforehand. If the label says “hand wash only,” you may want to consider cleaning the shoes by hand.
2) Use a scrub brush to brush away any visible clumps of dirt. Preferably, do this over a trash can or outside to keep the dirt from getting all over your floor. If the dirt is wet, let it dry completely first.
3) Remove the laces and treat dirty sections with laundry detergent. Check them out to see if there are any areas that are particularly dirty. If so, take a little bit of laundry detergent and use your fingers to rub it into the shoelaces.
4) Put the shoes into a mesh bag and wash them along with towels. Put the bag with your shoes in it, the one with the laces, and a load of towels into the washing machine.
5) Run a gentle cycle with cool water. Use the same amount of detergent you normally would, and avoid using hot water.
6) Let the pair of shoes air dry. You can put them in front of a dehumidifier, a fan, or an open window, but avoid putting them in front of any type of heat source or into the dryer.
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