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How to wash shoes by hand
So first of all, let’s determine how to clean running shoes by hand.
To start off, when you want to know how to clean muddy shoes, you have to remember to first let the mud on your shoes dry off. Once it does, you will have an easier time brushing it from your joggers. While you can use anything you want to wipe the dirt of, cleaning shoes with a toothbrush is usually a lot easier and more effective.
Next you have to dip your toothbrush in the cleaning solution and wipe the heels and soles of your joggers. And make sure to brush tightly on the areas that have a stain. As for what to clean shoes with, we’d recommend using a proper washing detergent, however baking soda is also really good. Plus, it helps get rid of unpleasant odor. If you’re using a proper washing detergent, then how to use it properly is written on the label. However, when you’re using soda you need to mix one tablespoon of soda with 1 tablespoon of warm water.
After you have washed your running shoes with the washing agent, you will have to wipe off any remaining solution. For that, take a sponge and soak it in clean water and then wipe off your joggers with it. Make sure that the sponge is well squeezed and does not have any water. You will have to do this process several times.
To ensure that your pumps are clear of the shoe cleaning solution, rub your fingers, and feel if there is any baking soda on your footwear. If you think there is some roughness, then wipe it again.
Cleaning Running Shoes Outsoles
This is rather simple – first, give the outsole time to fully dry. After that, use the toothbrush or whatever you want to brush it with. Make sure to scrub hard until it’s fully clean.
Cleaning Running Shoes Uppers
In order to wash the uppers of your running shoes the first thing you have to do is to remove the lace and then the liners. Next, use a brush and wipe any dirt and dust from the upper. Then use a mild soap and scrub the upper with it. Once you’re satisfied with the result, just rinse your boots with regular water.
Cleaning Running Shoe Insoles
Since the insole accumulates sweat the most, you have to pay special attention to it. Because if you don’t know how to clean the running shoes and it’s insoles, then the accumulated sweat will let bacteria grow and cause odor.
Thus, to properly clean the insole of the running shoes, use the previously mentioned mix of soda and water or a mild-soap. Then use the agent to disinfect shoes and wash the insole.
How to wash shoes in a washing machine
Now, a lot of people wonder – “Can I put shoes in the washer?” Indeed! When you wonder how to clean running shoes in the washing machine, then remember:
First, make sure to rub the mud off with a brush. This is important, as if there is mud in the mesh of the joggers, this might damage your washing machine.
You then need to take out the laces and remove the insole. But if the insole on your shoes has glue, then there’s no need to remove it. But also make sure to put the lace and the insole in a zipped bag before you put it in the machine.
Next, put a cleaning detergent in the washing machine’s agitator. And make sure that this detergent doesn’t have bleach, because the bleaching agent will stain the footwear! Set your machine to a cold cycle and gentle wash. Always use only cold water, since a hot one will damage the glue of your insoles.
How to dry running shoes
The final step to how to clean running shoes is to make sure that your footwear is fully dry. For this, you will need a cloth made of microfiber. Microfiber has an absorbing property, this is will be perfect for this job. Plus, it polishes your running shoes.
However, there is also a cheaper and simple alternative – put some newspaper in the wet shoe (this will help the shoes keep their shape when it’s drying). Then let the shoes dry for at least 12 hours. After that, pull out the newspaper to make sure that your footwear is not wet. If there is still some remaining moisture, then let the shoes dry for another 12 hours.
Also, it’s best keep your footwear in a place with low humidity and mild temperature, while it dries. However, never put shoes in a dryer, because it will loosen the glue and distort the shape of the footwear.
Here is how you can Stop the Smell that stays back in your shoes
Oh, and there is one more thing about how to clean running shoes – making sure that there is no odor. There are many options – fabric softener sheet, cat litter or you can even freeze the funk of your shoe.
The Final Word
So with that said, we at ApprovedByCoach sincerely hope that our little guide taught you all about how to clean running shoes! Remember – how long do running shoes last depends not only on the material and quality but also on how well you take care of them! Thus, make sure to clean them often, and they will serve you well for a long time!