Are your trainers looking less than perfect? Is a simple wipe-down just not cutting it?
A washing machine could be the answer to your problems!
Putting your trainers through the washing machine can be a great way of getting them looking white again – and keeping them spotless for even longer. However, putting trainers through the wash should always be done with some considerations to ensure your shoes (and machine!) aren't damaged in the process.
Here's everything you need to know about using a washing machine to clean trainers.
Can you put trainers in the washing machine?
Yes, it is sometimes possible to put trainers in the washing machine. Many trainers are made with reasonably soft materials and fabrics that can withstand a full wash.
However, before you throw them in for a spin, we'd recommend double-checking any care instructions for your specific trainers, which should cover how it is best to clean them and whether they're suitable for the wash.
For example, if your trainers are pure leather, a spot clean may be best, as leather can be sensitive to water and may crack after a longer soak in the washing machine.
You should also always avoid drying your trainers in the washer dryer, as the excessive heat can damage the glue or materials inside the shoe. Instead, let trainers air dry naturally after a wash.
Does putting shoes in the washing machine damage it?
If your shoes or trainers aren't suitable for machine washing, they could become damaged after a cycle in the washer – which is why you should always check cleaning and care instructions before putting trainers in a washing machine.
Excessive heat and water can damage sensitive materials and may impact the construction of the shoe. Shoes made with harder materials may also impact the machine drum itself, so you should always wash them in a protective item such as a pillowcase.
If you're unsure about whether or not your trainers are suitable for the wash, we'd recommend attempting to spot clean or hand clean first and only using the machine as a last resort.
How to wash trainers in a washing machine
If you've checked care instructions and are confident your trainers can withstand the washing machine, here's the best way to go about cleaning them.
Pre-treat any stains
You should always wipe down trainers by hand before putting them through the washing machine to ensure you've lifted as much dirt as possible. If you have any stubborn stains on your trainers, pre-treat them with a stain remover.
Remove laces and insoles
Before putting your trainers through the washing machine, remove the laces and take out the insoles to allow a thorough clean of the entire shoe. Removing the laces also prevents them from becoming tangled in the wash.
Protect trainers in a pillowcase
Never put trainers straight into the washing machine – always wash them inside a pillowcase to help protect the trainers and the inside of your machine. You can also wash trainers with a couple of towels or throws, which helps cushion them and reduce noise.
Use a mild detergent
Always use the mildest detergent possible when cleaning your trainers, and only use a small amount. Avoid any detergents that contain bleach or other strong chemicals, as they may damage the trainers’ material.
Choose a gentle cycle
Similarly, you should opt for a gentle, quick cycle with a low temperature. Excessive heat is the main culprit for damaging trainers in the washing machine, as hot water can lead to materials warping or construction deteriorating. A cold, gentle wash is best to minimise potential damage.
Reshape and air-dry trainers
Never dry trainers in the machine dryer. Instead, let them air dry naturally. You can stuff trainers with newspaper (or similar material) to ensure they retain their shape as they dry.
The washing machine can be a great way to bring a new lease of life to old trainers – if done carefully! Always remember to treat your trainers with care by checking and following any cleaning instructions, trying a hand wash first and avoiding excessive heat.
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