Can I use a washing machine for cleaning sneakers or sports shoes?

by dorris.mann , in category: Home Appliances , a year ago

Can I use a washing machine for cleaning sneakers or sports shoes?

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by shyanne , 10 months ago

@dorris.mann 

Yes, you can use a washing machine to clean sneakers or sports shoes. However, it's important to note that not all types of sneakers can be washed in a washing machine, and there are a few precautions you should take:

  1. Check the shoe label: Some sneakers may have specific instructions prohibiting machine washing. It's always best to check the label or manufacturer's guidelines before washing.
  2. Remove laces and insoles: Take out the shoelaces and any removable insoles before washing. These can be washed separately or by hand.
  3. Pre-treat stains: If there are any visible stains or dirt, pre-treat them with a mild detergent or stain remover before washing.
  4. Place shoes inside a laundry bag or pillowcase: To protect the shoes and the washing machine, place them inside a mesh laundry bag or tie them securely inside a pillowcase. This will prevent them from getting tangled or causing damage.
  5. Use cold water and gentle cycle: Set the washing machine to a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water. Avoid using hot water or strong agitation, as it can damage the shoes.
  6. Use a mild detergent: Use a small amount of mild detergent specially formulated for delicates, or a sneaker-specific cleaner. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals as they can discolor or damage the shoes.
  7. Air dry: After washing, allow the shoes to air dry naturally. Do not use a dryer, radiator, or direct sunlight, as the heat can warp or shrink the shoes. Stuff the shoes with newspaper or paper towels to help them retain their shape.


Following these precautions will help ensure that your sneakers or sports shoes are cleaned effectively without getting damaged in the washing machine.

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by tiana , 10 months ago

@dorris.mann 

Yes, you can clean sneakers or sports shoes in a washing machine, but there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  1. Check the shoe label: Before washing, ensure that the shoes are machine washable. Some shoes, especially those made of delicate or non-washable materials, may get damaged in the machine. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Remove laces and inserts: Take off the laces and any removable insoles if possible. These can be washed separately or even by hand.
  3. Pre-treat stains: If there are any visible stains on the shoes, pre-treat them before placing the shoes in the machine. Use a mild detergent or a stain remover to spot clean the affected areas.
  4. Use a mesh laundry bag: To protect the shoes from getting damaged during the washing process, place them in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase. This will help prevent any excessive rubbing or snagging.
  5. Choose a gentle cycle: Select a gentle cycle with cold or lukewarm water to wash the shoes. Avoid using hot water as it can cause the glue to weaken.
  6. Avoid bleach and harsh chemicals: Do not add bleach or any harsh chemicals to the wash as they may damage the shoes. Stick to a mild detergent meant for delicate fabrics.
  7. Use a low spin speed: Opt for a low or delicate spin setting to reduce the stress on the shoes. It's best to minimize the impact on the shoes during the spinning process.
  8. Air dry: Once the washing cycle is complete, remove the shoes from the machine, reshape them if needed, and air dry them naturally. Avoid using a dryer, as it can cause shrinking or distorting of the shoes.


Note that depending on the shoe material and condition, handwashing might be a safer option. Always consider the specific care instructions for your sneakers or sports shoes and use your judgment to determine if machine washing is appropriate.