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How to wash sneakers so that they always look like new?

How to wash sneakers so that they always look like new?

Surely you also know the feeling when you put on new beautiful tennis shoes or sneakers. However, that feeling of cleanliness and novelty does not always last long. Especially white sneakers or light-colored boots will get dirty sooner or later. So how to clean them, or how to wash sneakers? We bring you tips and tricks that will help keep your shoes in the best possible condition. However, keep in mind that only those sneakers that are marked like this can be washed . For example, the Machine Washable symbol or similar. 

Cleaning and care of sneakers

Clean sneakers not only look great, but also last longer. It is therefore appropriate to take care of them regularly. You can classically clean sneakers by hand using a damp cloth and a product intended for that purpose, but some brands and model lines also allow washing sneakers in a washing machine.

You can wash Skechers sneakers in the washing machine

Shoes that can be washed in a washing machine include, for example, Skechers sneakers . For models that can be thrown into the washing machine without worrying about what you will get out of it, the MACHINE WASHABLE icon is indicated.

machine washable sneakers
machine washable sneakers Skechers

Preparation for washing sneakers

Even when washing your favorite boots, tennis shoes or sneakers, it is necessary to maintain a certain sequence of steps so that you do not damage them by washing them and get the best possible result . You can follow these steps:

Removal of laces and inserts

Before starting the wash, it is important to properly prepare the sneakers. Remove laces and insoles to ensure every corner of the shoe is thoroughly cleaned. What about laces and inserts?

  • laces - you can wash them separately in a mesh bag or simply wash them by hand, when washing with ordinary clothes, tie them with a gentle knot so that they do not get "lost" in the washing machine
  • inserts - if they are very dirty, you can soak them in a solution of water and mild soap and then gently scrub them with a brush

Removal of coarse dirt

Before putting sneakers in the washing machine , it is important to remove coarse dirt such as mud, clay and sand . You can use an old toothbrush or a small shoe brush to remove dirt from the soles and surface of your shoes.

The sneakers are then ready to go into the washing machine. 

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How to wash sneakers in a washing machine

In order for sneakers or your favorite sneakers not to be damaged in the washing machine, it is necessary to follow the instructions recommended by the manufacturer. In general, sneakers made of materials such as synthetics, textile/canvas and mesh can be machine washed. However, the boots must be properly marked. We recommend that you proceed as follows:

Using the right program

Most sneakers are suitable for washing in the washing machine, but it is important to use the correct program. How many degrees to wash sneakers? Use a gentle cycle or program for washing sports shoes to prevent damage to the material. It is mostly about washing at a temperature of up to 30 °C.

Washing powder

Use a mild detergent without bleach . Bleach can damage colors and materials, causing sports shoes to deteriorate or completely change their design. Fabric softener is not suitable either.

Bag for washing sneakers - protection of shoes

Before washing , it is advisable to put sneakers in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to protect them from mechanical damage. You can also add some old towels or rags to help:

  • reduce impacts
  • increase the protection of sneakers
  • reduce noise during washing

EXI tip: You can read more about Skechers sneakers in the blog Skechers sneakers: a combination of comfort and style .

Hand wash sneakers

Some models of sneakers are not suitable for washing in a washing machine. If you are worried that the washing machine could damage your sneakers, you can choose hand washing. This method is especially suitable for more sensitive materials and luxury sneakers . Hand washing is recommended mostly due to:

  • the material used, which could lose its quality and properties during washing (this is, for example, leather, suede, nubuck, leather)
  • the method of processing the shoes, which might not withstand the washing cycle and the shoes would deteriorate
  • various decorative elements or special functions that are not suitable for washing in a washing machine

Procedure for hand washing

For washing sneakers by hand , lukewarm or warm soapy water and a rag or brush are usually recommended. You can also replace the soap with a mild detergent. Next, proceed as follows:

  • soaking - soak the sneakers in water and leave them there for a few minutes
  • cleaning - use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the surface of the shoes
  • rinse - rinse the sneakers thoroughly with clean water to remove all detergent residues

How to clean white sneakers

White sneakers, or light-colored sneakers are much more prone to catching dirt and grime. It is immediately visible on them. So, what should you do when cleaning white boots? The procedure is similar to all other sneakers. If they are suitable for washing in the washing machine, it is easier for you. If they are not suitable for washing in a washing machine, we recommend the following procedure:

  • again remove the laces and any removable parts like insoles etc.
  • remove coarse dirt from the surface of the sneakers so that they do not work even more into the material during cleaning
  • clean the boots with a special cleaning product for white sneakers, if you don't have one, you can prepare an effective solution at home
  • dip a soft brush or cloth in the solution and gently clean the surface of the sneakers
  • pay special attention to places with stains or heavy pollution, there you can use more pressure when cleaning
  • be careful not to damage the surface of leather sneakers

Homemade solution for cleaning white sneakers

A cleaning solution that you can easily prepare at home is also suitable for cleaning white sneakers. In a bowl, mix warm water with a mild detergent or soap. For an extra cleaning effect, you can add a spoonful of baking soda or white vinegar. This solution will help remove stains and restore the whiteness of sneakers.

How to dry sneakers

It is not recommended to dry any sneakers in the dryer or in direct sunlight. Heat can damage the material and deform the shape of the shoe. It is best to let them air dry. We also offer a few tips that can speed up the drying of your sneakers:

  • stuffing your shoes - use paper towels or newspaper to stuff the inside of your sneakers to help absorb moisture and keep your shoes in shape
  • ventilated place - place the sneakers in a well-ventilated place, out of direct sunlight, to prevent color fading

Maintenance and care of sneakers

In order for your sneakers or boots to last as long as new, regular cleaning helps to keep them in good condition. It is correct to clean sneakers after each major contamination. Special footwear protection products can also help with protection. They can help prevent stains and keep sneakers clean longer . Check out our range of cleaning products, thanks to which you can extend the life of your shoes.

EXI tip : Even shoe impregnation extends its life. You can read how to impregnate shoes in our previous blog.

How to wash sneakers in a pocket

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about washing sneakers

How often should we wash sneakers?

The frequency of washing depends on the use. Sneakers that we wear daily should be washed once a month or as needed to prevent unpleasant odors and keep them in good condition. However, with frequent washing, you run the risk that their color will gradually fade.

Can children's sneakers be washed in the washing machine?

Yes, we can wash children's sneakers in the washing machine if they are marked as such and as long as we follow the correct procedure. We always use a gentle cycle and a protective bag for washing. Always check the label on the shoes before washing. There you will find information about what material they are made of and how to wash them.

Can I wash sneakers in the washing machine with clothes?

Not! Sneakers should be washed separately to avoid soiling clothing.

What detergent is best for washing sneakers?

It is best to use a mild detergent without bleach. Bleach can damage the colors and materials of the shoes. Also avoid fabric softeners.

Can I dry sneakers in the dryer?

No, the dryer can damage the material and deform the shape of the shoes. It is best to let the sneakers air dry in a well-ventilated area.

How to remove the smell from sneakers?

We can remove the smell by regular washing and using anti-odor pads. Stuffing the sneakers with newspaper while drying also helps. Or special anti-odor sprays for shoes .

How often should we replace laces and insoles?

We should replace laces and inserts as needed. If they are very worn or dirty, we recommend replacing them with each wash.

What are the most common mistakes when washing sneakers?

The most common mistakes include washing sneakers and shoes that are not suitable for this. Next is washing without removing the laces and inserts, using the wrong detergent and drying in the dryer.

Can leather shoes be washed in a washing machine?

Leather sneakers are not suitable for washing in the washing machine. We recommend hand cleaning with mild soap and water or use special leather cleaning products.

How to protect sneakers from getting dirty?

Using fabric and leather protective sprays can help prevent stains and keep your sneakers cleaner for longer.

Can I use bleach on white sneakers?

No, bleach can damage the material and colors of the shoes. Rather, use a mild detergent specially designed for sports shoes.

Will my claim be recognized if I washed the sneakers?

We handle all complaints according to the currently valid regulations. The main cause of complaints is washing sneakers that are not intended for washing in a washing machine. Complaints will therefore only be accepted for models that have the "machine washable" label and are suitable for washing in a washing machine.

Finally, we would like to add that it is never advisable to put rubber flip-flops or crocs in the washing machine. They are deformed and shrink in size . You can also read details about cleaned shoes HERE .

Washing sneakers is not a science. The same rules apply to washing children's sneakers, women's and men's sneakers. If you follow these tips and follow the manufacturer's instructions, your sneakers will look great for many years.

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