Materials You’ll Need:
- Soft-bristle brush or toothbrush
- Mild dish soap or sneaker-specific cleaner
- Microfiber or cotton cloth
- Toothpaste (optional for white rubber soles)
- Suede brush (if cleaning suede sneakers)
- Sneaker protectant spray (optional)
- Remove Shoelaces: Take off the shoelaces from your sneakers. This will allow you to clean both the sneakers and laces thoroughly.
- Knock Off Loose Dirt: Gently tap your sneakers together or use a soft brush to remove any loose dirt, dust, or debris from the surface.
- Spot Cleaning: If your sneakers have specific stains or spots, you can spot clean them using a mixture of mild dish soap and water. Dip a soft cloth or toothbrush into the soapy water and gently scrub the stained area.
- General Cleaning:
- Fill a bowl or container with warm water.
- Add a small amount of mild dish soap or a sneaker-specific cleaner to the water.
- Dip your soft-bristle brush or toothbrush into the soapy water.
- Gently scrub the entire shoe, including the upper, midsole, and outsole. Pay special attention to any areas with stubborn stains or scuffs.
- Sole Cleaning: For the rubber or white sole, you can use a mixture of water and toothpaste (non-gel, non-whitening) to clean. Apply the toothpaste to the sole and scrub it using an old toothbrush or a dedicated brush for this purpose. Rinse thoroughly.
- Suede Cleaning (if applicable):
- Use a suede brush to gently brush away dirt and stains in one direction.
- For tougher stains, you can use a suede eraser or a mixture of white vinegar and water (equal parts) on a cloth to dab at the stain. Avoid excessive moisture on suede.
- Rinse and Dry: Rinse your sneakers with clean water to remove any soap residue. Ensure you rinse thoroughly, especially for leather sneakers. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe them down and remove any remaining soap.
- Drying: Never use direct heat like a hairdryer or a heater to dry your sneakers, as it can damage the materials. Instead, stuff your sneakers with paper towels or sneaker trees to help them maintain their shape and absorb moisture. Let them air dry in a cool, dry place.
- Re-lace: Once your sneakers are completely dry, re-lace them with clean, dry shoelaces.
- Optional: Sneaker Protectant: To keep your sneakers looking fresh longer, you can apply a sneaker protectant spray. Follow the instructions on the product label.
Remember that different sneaker materials (leather, suede, canvas, etc.) may require different cleaning methods and care. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific sneaker type.
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your sneakers not only extends their lifespan but also keeps them looking sharp and well-cared-for, allowing you to enjoy your kicks for years to come.