How to Wash Sneakers: A Guide to Cleaning Athletic Shoes
From running shoes to basketball kicks, sneakers get dirty. But what’s the best way to clean them? While throwing sneakers in the wash may seem tempting, not all shoes and materials respond well. Read on for specialized techniques to safely wash different types of sneakers.
Should You Machine Wash Sneakers?
Before cleaning, first assess your sneaker’s makeup:
Canvas or mesh – Machine washable
Leather or suede – Hand wash only
Complex construction – Spot clean only
Check labels for washing guidance too. If unsure, default to spot cleaning.
Only sneakers made of hardy materials can withstand machine washing.
How to Wash Canvas Sneakers
For shoes labeled machine washable, follow these steps: