Cleaning Sneakers: A How-To Guide on Getting Them Looking Good as New

In 2017 women’s sneaker sales increased by 37%. High heel sales declined by 11%. 

Americans love their sneakers. They have since the first sneaker was made for croquet players in the 1860s. And that love affair has only gotten stronger. 

Keeping your sneakers clean is important. Not only do they look better, but they’ll also last longer, too. 

We want to share with you our favorite tips on cleaning sneakers. Keep reading to learn how. 

Tools to Use When Cleaning Sneakers

Many people wonder what to clean shoes with. There are a few tools you’ll need. You should already have at home that can help you keep your kicks looking brand new:

  • Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Cleaning solution
  • Weather-proofing spray
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Microfiber towel
  • Magic sponges
  • Quick wipes

You should also have two small containers. Fill one with warm water and mild, eco-friendly laundry detergent. Fill the other with warm water.

Some people also like to use Quick wipes as well. You may also wish to wear some old clothes you don’t mind getting some dirt on while you clean your Nike Air Max

How to Wash Sneakers

Shoe washing is pretty basic. However, keep in mind there may be slightly different ways to clean shoes, especially if they’re made from materials such as canvas or suede. 

Step One

Begin by removing any excess dirt. Knock the soles together.

Then use a soft brush or toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt. 

Step Two

Gently wipe stains away using a washcloth dipped in your warm water/laundry detergent mix. Using a mild detergent prevents yellow discoloration from toxins. 

You can also dip your toothbrush in the water to clean the water outsoles.  

Try Quick Wipes

Quick wipes are also handy to use to remove stains. However, make sure Quick wipes are safe to use on the material you’re cleaning. 

A dab and twist motion tends to work best. It helps lift whatever stains you’re dealing with.

Step Three

You want to remove any excess soap and suds. You can do this ty using a microfiber towel.

If you don’t have a microfiber towel, use another clean washcloth, dip it in the warm water. Then use it to remove any excess soap and suds. 

If you can’t remove stains on white canvas, try using whitening toothpaste.

How to Clean Midsoles  

You can clean your midsoles exactly as you cleaned the upper part of your shoe. However, before you apply the solution, take your magic sponge and dab some water on it. 

Next, apply some cleaning solution and gently scrub at the midsole. It should easily take off stains and dirt.

If stains remain, use your brush, dip it in your water and laundry detergent solution and scrub away until they’re clean. 

Step Four

You can use your microfiber cloth to partially dry your midsoles. Otherwise, let your shoes air dry at room temperature.

For leather shoes, apply a small amount of treatment or leather shoe conditioner. 

Step Five

If you can, remove the insoles and laces from your shoes. Place them in a pillowcase. 

Then put them in your washing machine. Make sure the machine is set on cold/delicate and use laundry detergent. 

Washing insoles can also help eliminate any bad foot odors. 

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