Cleaning your sneakers seems simple until you actually have to do it. There are actually a lot of factors to consider, such as what material your sneakers are made of, what type of cleaning products you need to use, and how you should use them. To help you figure out how to clean your sneakers properly, we’ve put together a quick and painless guide and video that will have your sneakers looking box-fresh in no time at all.
While certain fabrics such as suede or mesh often require special treatment, this is our general guide to cleaning more versatile materials like leather or canvas. Check out the steps below and watch the full video on how to clean your sneakers at the bottom of the page.
What you need to clean your sneakers
A brush of some sort
A toothbrush for hard-to-reach places
An extra set of laces
A microfiber towel
A small bucket or container and some hot water
Your dirty sneakers
An apron or old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
1. REMOVE DIRT: Remove any excess dirt from your sneakers by knocking the soles of your shoes together and using a soft brush or damp towel to rub off any remaining dirt
2. SPOT CLEAN: To spot clean your sneakers, use a quick wipe. Depending on the material, quick wipes should get most sneakers looking fresh in a matter of minutes.
3. DEEP CLEAN: If your shoes need extra attention, deep clean them. Do this by dipping your brush into hot water and then pouring some cleaning solution on to it. Apply the brush to the upper of your sneaker and gently scrub back and forth. Work up a lather so the bubbles get to work
4. RINSE AND REPEAT: Use a microfiber towel to remove excess soap and suds, and then inspect your work. If you feel your sneaker needs more attention, repeat step four.
5. MID SOLES:- Clean your midsoles like you cleaned the upper, using your brush and cleaning solution. But before you use those, another pro tip: take a magic sponge, dab a bit of water on it, apply some cleaning solution, and start gently scrubbing at the midsole.
6. LACES:- You can clean your laces in the washing machine or by scrubbing them with a toothbrush and cleaning solution. Our tip, though, is to use a fresh pair of laces, which can be purchased online or at a variety of sneaker retailers.
7. DRY OVERNIGHT:- Once you’re done cleaning your sneakers, leave them to dry overnight