Keeping your sneakers clean and odor-free all the time will not only make your day confident but extraordinary as well!
Check out the tips below on how to properly maintain and clean you sneakers easy and hassle-free!
TIP 1: Remove the laces, insoles, and inserts.
Before you start cleaning your sneakers, remove the laces, insoles and inserts first. Be sure to separate them in the cleaning of your shoes. Wash the laces with soap or load them together with the laundry. You can either buy new ones if you like. As for the insoles and inserts, remove them also then air them. If they are smelly and nasty, sprinkle them with baking soda or disinfectant to freshen it up.
TIP 2: Rinse the shoes with cool water to remove any loose dirt or soil.
When you’re done with the laces and insoles, start cleaning the sneakers by rinsing them with cold water to clean off any excess mud or dirt. You can also use a brush to take them off easily.
TIP 3: Use a soft brush and solution of mild liquid detergent and water to scrub the inside and outside of your sneakers.
In a bowl, mix water and mild liquid detergent (the amount depends on how dirty your shoes are). Dip the soft brush into the solution then gently start scrubbing the inside and outside of your shoes.
TIP 4: Do NOT use dishwashing detergents, bleach, solvents, harsh chemicals or abrasives for it can ruin the leather and cause fading in some synthetics.
When washing your sneakers, be sure not to use strong abrasives and harsh chemicals like bleach and dishwashing detergents. This might ruin the linings and synthetic materials of your shoes. It can also damage the color of your shoes especially when it is bright and colorful.
TIP 5: Remove the scuff marks and other stains using magic erasers and toothpaste.
Since scrubbing and brushing do not give you the guarantee of totally removing the dirt, grime and mud in the inner parts of your shoes. You can use either a toothpaste or a magic eraser to eliminate fully any scuff marks and excess dirt by just brushing and wiping it. It will work instantly. You’ll wonder how.
TIP 6: Rinse your sneakers entirely with cold water to wash away the dirt.
After scrubbing all the stains and dirt, rinse your shoes with cold water to fully clean it up. If you prefer warm water, it is effective too.
TIP 7: Disinfect your sneakers with Pine oil disinfectant to remove bacteria and smelly odor.
One thing you need to consider when cleaning your shoes is its nasty smelly odor. You can use Pine oil disinfectant to sanitize them. This will help not only in making your shoes fresh and fragrant but also bacteria and fungus free.
TIP 8: Dry your sneakers in a well-ventilated space. Do NOT put your sneakers in the dryer or directly in the sun for it might lose the shape and support of the shoes.
After washing your shoes, dry them in a well-ventilated space. Never put them in the dryer for this could cause damage to the rubber soles and linings. Also, Never dry them under direct sunlight for this could cause shrinkage and deformation on the shape and support of the shoes.
TIP 9: Stuff the sneakers loosely with white cotton towels or paper towels to help them retain their shape. Do NOT use newspaper because it might put ink on your socks the next day.
When you dry your sneakers, never forget to stuff them with a paper towel or white cotton towels to prevent them from losing their shape and support. This stuff will help your shoes stay in their good form even after washing and cleaning them up multiple times.
TIP 10: Once everything is dry, put back the shoelaces and inserts.
When your sneakers are already dry and clean, put the laces, insoles and inserts back to their place, and they’re good to go!
- If the shoes are pricey and new, hand washing is a bit more gentle. Or if you prefer, send it to a professional cleaner for better results.
- If possible, refrain from cleaning your sneakers using machine wash unless it is stated in its manufacturing information that is can be washable. This might ruin your shoes from extreme heat and moisture, so it’s better if you first check the shoe tags for special washing instructions.
- If a pine oil disinfectant is not available to remove the nasty odor of the shoe, you can use baking soda as an alternative. When they are already dry, sprinkle three tablespoons of baking soda into each shoe and leave overnight.
- When you’re done with the sneakers, carefully wash socks and gym bags too. This will prevent the spread of any bacteria and fungus that can cause problems to happen again.
- If you can afford to buy commercial products and want to clean your sneakers professionally, you can also use them in cleaning your sneakers together with some products that specifically formulated to clean suede. These products are also useful.
- If you are an athlete or a frequent runner, it is better if you use two shoes for you to alternate them in use. This way, you will not easily wear out your shoes.
- If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wash your sneakers anymore, you can also use wet wipes as an alternative to quickly clean your sneakers on the go!
- Don't put liners back in or wear your shoes until they are completely dry.
Hopefully, all the tips mentioned above will help you properly in cleaning your beloved sneakers anytime and anywhere! Also, always keep in mind that a clean and odor-free shoe will always boost an individual’s confidence and cool. Not only that, but a good clean shoe will also take its beholder to great places without worrying if they stink around many types of people.