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Put bounce back in your step: Here’s how to clean your sneakers

Give your worn or grubby sneakers a makeover with these simple sneaker cleaning hacks to extend their life and keep them looking great.

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At first glance cleaning your sneakers may seem simple, that is, until you actually have to do it. There are many factors to consider such as the type of material, brand of cleaning product and how to use these.

Although certain fabrics such as suede or mesh often require special treatment, this is a general guide to cleaning other commons materials like leather or canvas.

How to clean sneakers

  1. Remove any excess dirt from your sneakers by knocking the soles of your shoes together. You can also do this with a clean towel or toothbrush.
  2. Rinse off the soles of your sneakers by using some water or a wet towel. You’d be surprised at what can get stuck on the bottoms of your shoes.
  3. Spot-clean small stains by using wipes. For  big stains, blot with cleaning solution or any other soap and water mixture.
  4. Let the sneakers dry indoors at room temperature.
  5. Remove laces and insoles (if possible). Place them inside a pillowcase and then put them in a washing machine on cold or delicate wash with laundry detergent. Alternatively, you can also wash them out by hand.

  • Apply the same water and cleaning solution or soap mixture to the entire surface of the sneaker.
  • Scrub with a toothbrush until the stains are lifted.
  • Rinse with clean water.
  • Let the shoes dry for a few hours and they should be good as new.

  • Fill the bucket or container with warm water and a teensy splash of cleaning solution.
  • Dip a clean towel into mixture and apply liberally to the shoe’s surface, make sure to rub out as much of the stain as you can.
  • If it seems like the mess has lifted, take another towel and rinse with clean water, then go over the sneaker (ensure the excess shoe cleaner is removed).
  • If there still appears to be grime stuck in the knit material, take a soft toothbrush to the shoe. Afterwards, let the sneakers air dry.

  • Invest in a suede brush and don’t rub your sneakers with it too aggressively on the surface.
  • If the brush doesn’t work, you can also tackle the stain with a suede spray. Spray onto the stain and go over it with the brush with some force. Take a clean cloth to the stain after you’re finished to wipe off any residue.
  • If all else fails use white vinegar. Place a dab of white vinegar on a clean cloth and slowly incorporate this into the stain. Once the stain is gone, rinse with a water-dampened towel and allow to dry.

  • Create a mixture with soap and water.
  • Apply the concoction to the stain with a cloth and rub until the stain has been fully removed.
  • If the mark is stubborn, apply leather conditioner with a clean cloth to the entire surface area of the shoe to even out the tone.
  • Wipe off the access after a few minutes.

  • Use a dry brush to remove any excess dirt.
  • Mix together some baking soda and vinegar – apply it to the dirty spot and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Gently scrub for a minute or two, then wipe clean with a soft wet cloth.
  • Let the shoe air dry.