Isn’t there nothing quite like a new pair of sneakers? The problem is that, especially if your kicks are white, all it takes is one wear to dull their new-shoe shine. It’s pretty much over after a few runs or gym trips, or, God forbid, some unexpected rain.
However, in my opinion, sneakers are an investment worth protecting. This isn’t just true for running shoes or for the pair you only wear to the gym. I’m referring to any sneakers you have in your rotation, regardless of whether you pair them with jeans or leggings. That’s why I’m so excited to show you how to keep your new sneakers looking new without destroying the material or compromising their functionality.
While cleaning techniques for sneakers don’t differ from one fabric to the next, Ornelas says that some methods work better for specific materials. We’ll show you how to clean sneakers based on the materials they’re made of.
First, a word of caution: do not wash your sneakers in the washing machine. Putting sneakers in the washing machine will likely affect the foam’s structure and integrity, reducing the shoe’s ability to provide consistent cushioning and a responsive feel. When it comes to running shoes, this is especially true. Some foams are more sensitive to water and high temperatures than others. Most shoe brands include information about the midsoles’ materials in the product description on their website. Handwashing is recommended for any shoe made of EVA, a rubbery elastic material used to create soft and flexible foam. The material is prone to absorbing water, which can wreak havoc on the cushioning of the sneaker. TPU foams, a flexible plastic that’s known to be more durable, may hold up better in the machine and shouldn’t absorb water, but spot cleaning sneakers is always the safest option. Ornelas claims that doing so will extend the life of your sneakers.
Before putting sneakers in the washing machine, Ornelas recommends wiping off as much mud as possible. Separate the laces from the shoes when washing. To avoid tangling, he suggests putting them in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag. Set the washer to the delicate cycle with a small amount of mild detergent and a few towels thrown in with your shoes (which should always mean cold water and a gentle spin cycle). After the process is finished, he recommends letting the shoe air dry. Never put them in the dryer; the high temperatures will cause most materials to break down. Here’s how to correctly spot clean the various materials used in most sneakers.
Because nylon mesh is a breathable fabric, it’s ideal for runners, but the netting collects all the dirt and dust you kick up while running. Removing any excess dirt with a dry brush, then mixing one part baking soda with one part vinegar and allowing it to sit on the dirty spot for about 15 minutes. Scrub gently for a minute or two before wiping clean with a soft wet rag. Allow the shoe to dry naturally. Cleaning running shoes with a brush is the simplest and most effective method. The bristles are soft enough to protect the fabric’s integrity while also being tough enough to scrape off stuck-on dirt. Brushes for cleaning sneakers are available in various materials, including boar hair, horsehair, and synthetic blends. If your shoe is softer, use soft bristles like those found in a vegetable brush, and if your shoe is stiffer, use a brush with more pressure-applying bristles like those found in a synthetic blend or boar hair.
Wipe down the dirty areas with a rag soaked in warm water and mild laundry detergent. Then use a brush to scrub the site for a minute or two gently. To remove any remaining detergent, wipe clean with a soft wet rag and air dry. Because stains don’t soak into synthetic leather-like they do with nylon mesh; smudges will easily lift. If your shoes are white, you can use a Mr Clean Magic Eraser—a melamine foam cleaning pad—to clean any complex parts of the shoe. The stain-removal product is gentle but effective. Dampen the place and begin wiping the dirty areas of the shoe with it. To avoid rubbing off any colour, only use this product on white shoes.
When wearing knit shoes, be as gentle as possible. Knits are more delicate than other fabrics because they are soft and pliable. Brushing can be too rough for knits, so avoid it. We recommend using a soft cloth to clean knit running shoes. It takes a little more muscle to remove stains with this method, but it’s just as effective. According to Ornelas, laundry detergent should be used with caution because the chemicals can sometimes be too harsh on the fabric. Use a bar of mild bath soap instead. Soak a clean cloth in cold water and gently rub the soap into it. Once the stains have lifted, use a wet towel to wipe away any remaining soap and allow it to air dry.
Canvas sneakers are tough, but they get dirty quickly. A toothbrush and a cleaning paste made of equal parts baking soda and warm water were used to clean these shoes. Scrub the canvas with the toothbrush dipped in the mixture until it is clean. Allow the shoes to air dry while still wearing the cross, then wipe away any hardened baking soda with a damp cloth. While it’s always preferable to wash sneakers by hand to preserve their integrity, the canvas is more durable than many other fabrics and can withstand a gentle wash in the machine. Make sure to use only cold water and a small amount of mild laundry detergent, and run the engine on the delicate cycle. Allow the shoes to air dry after the process is finished.
Also, don’t forget to clean the insides from time to time.
Clean the insides of sneakers with warm water and a mild laundry detergent. Scrub with a brush dipped in the solution until it is clean. Then wipe down the shoe with a damp rag and let it air dry.
Take out the insoles and stuff your shoes with paper towels to soak up excess moisture before starting the cleaning process if your sneakers’ insides get damp after an intense workout or a run in the rain. If the shoe’s interior is too wet, it will take longer to dry and may develop a mildew odour or bacteria, which is not ideal if you plan to wear them for an extended period.
If you have leather Adidas Superstar sneakers, follow the steps below to remove stains and keep them looking new.
Step 1: Clean up the grime
Tap the shoe soles together to remove excess grime, then scrub any remaining loose dirt with a shoe brush or an old toothbrush.
Step 2: Rub-Off
Wipe stains away with a microfiber cloth and a dish soap solution mixed with warm water. Laundry detergent, in most cases, causes yellow discolouration of white shoes. Bleaching too harsh solutions should be avoided. 2 tablespoons of baking soda can be added to the solution for a more substantial whitening effect.
Step 3: Use Soapy Water to Clean
Soak the cloth in water and wring out any excess soap. When exposed to sunlight, the dried chemicals on the white material may leave yellow stains.
Step 4: Make use of the Magic Eraser.
If necessary, clean white outsoles with a magic eraser. Keep in mind that a magic eraser might damage the delicate material on the midsole’s edge.
Step 5: Condition the leather.
Apply a small amount of leather conditioner to your leather shoes and allow them to air dry at room temperature.
Step 6: Refresh the Insoles and Laces
Shoelaces and insoles can be washed in a washing machine using a laundry bag or an old pillowcase. Use mild, eco-friendly laundry detergent on a cold water/delicate cycle.
Many Adidas Originals are made of Suede, one of the most fashionable shoe materials. On the other hand, Suede is challenging to keep clean because it is delicate and only requires gentle dry cleaning. Suede attracts dust, absorbs water, and soaks up spills, drops, and other dirt quickly.
Important note: Do not clean Suede with liquid solutions. Suede sneakers are affected by water, leaving lines and stains.
When it comes to clean your Adidas thoroughly, it’s essential to work smarter, not harder. There’s a three-step method for getting your sports sneakers sparkling clean with minimal effort.
Holding a shoe in each hand and simply banging the soles together is Adidas’ extensive bang method for shaking off surface dirt. To make the next cleaning step more effective, use a dry brush all over. Remember to use a soft brush (except for knits, which will need a dry wipe down).
This step entails using the proper sneaker cleaning tools and products, similar to how you would groom in front of a mirror each morning. Your shoe cleaner should be tailored to your sneaker material: for suede and leather sneakers, get Suede and leather-friendly cleaning kits.
After everything has been cut and dried, the final step is to use a protector and deodorising sprays to “seal in” the cleaned areas and protect them from dirt as well as odour-causing bacteria. Finally, do daily spot cleaning so that the next deep clean session does not have to be as extensive.
Knowing what materials you’re working with is the first step in learning how to clean Adidas shoes. The famous three stripe company clarifies that their sneakers can be washed – as long as they aren’t Suede or genuine leather. Make sure to use a mild detergent and a gentle cycle with cold water.
Knits are tricky because they can snag and unravel in the washing machine. Before throwing your sneakers in the wash, make sure they’re in tight laundry mesh bags. So that the shoes don’t clunk around and damage your machine, throw in some towels with them.
Sneaker cleaning experts recommend pretreating dirty shoes (except knits) before washing them. Harsh cleaning agents and bleach should be avoided because they will dry out your shoes and cause the uppers of synthetic materials to crack and peel.
We are maintaining the whiteness of Adidas’s pearly whites.
Contrary to popular belief, bleach isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to shoe whitening. If you want to know how to clean Adidas white sneakers properly, you’ll need a tried-and-true shoe brightener that eliminates guesswork. Professional sneaker cleaners use high-quality shoe cleaning products that not only clean but also nourish your uppers and soles while avoiding harsh chemicals that can damage sneaker materials.
Oxidation is another issue that causes any white sneaker to turn yellow. To de-yellow any shoe, use what’s known as “sole sauce” or “sole brightening” products. Avoid exposing your white sneakers to the elements for too long – too much sunlight or moisture, for example – as this will hasten the oxidation process. Spot cleaning is required if you like to wear your white sneakers as a badge of honour. Deep cleaning should be done every few weeks to avoid dirt buildup.
- Use the dishwasher instead of the washing machine: Running shoe fabric can be damaged or discoloured in a washing machine designed to wash clothes. Spend a bit extra time handwashing your shoes.
- Avoid putting your shoes near heaters: Heat can cause shoes to lose their shape, so always dry them at room temperature.
- Chemicals and bleach can harm the delicate fabric of your shoes. Use eco-friendly laundry detergent whenever possible.
- Don’t scrub too hard: Running shoes are often made of woven or mesh materials to allow for maximum flexibility while running. These delicate materials are used in the Pure Boost and Ultra Boost. Use a soft brush and be gentle with any stains to avoid damaging your shoes.
- Here are a few more cleaning tips for your running shoes.
- When you store your running shoes outside, the sun can wear out the upper materials and cause the white soles to turn yellow.
- Maintain a clean environment: Follow our step-by-step guide above to spot clean any stains you find. The more extended colours are left untreated, the more stained the shoes will become.
- Reward your shoes with a run after they’ve been washed and dried. If you want to try something new, get a new pair of running shoes and Shop for Running Shoes.
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