- Two old newspapers
- A plastic bag
- One stiff toothbrush
- One toothbrush with soft bristles
- Knife with Flat blade
- Tepid water and clean water
- Dishwashing detergent
- Baking soda
- Towel for drying
- Oxygen bleach
- Large sink or basin in which the pair of shoes can be submerged
Open the newspaper fully and begin cleaning the shoes on it by removing any mud clumps and dirt on the shoe and its soles. You can use a knife or tweezer for removing stubborn dirt like pebbles or gum that usually get stuck in the grooves of its sole.
Use the toothbrush with stiff bristles to clean mud on the upperparts and the sole. Wash the toothbrush clean.
The quantity of detergent should be decent enough to wash the outer sole clean. Fully immerse the shoes into the tepid water with the soap detergent. Leave them for an hour.
Your sneakers need to be dried outside, in the sun. The shoes may dry fast externally but still retain moisture inside. For this using baking soda and/or talcum powder which absorb moisture. A newspaper is also good for absorbing moisture inside the shoes.
For that enviable white color, use oxygen bleach. Even chlorine bleach does the job if you have it BioKleen Bac-Out removes stains and odor and is my go-to when washing sports shoes.
Special Tip On Cleaning Tennis Shoes In The Washing Machine
If you have tennis shoe that is made of fabric like most women wedges are, read my earlier article on tennis wedge sneakers, you can possibly wash it in your washing machine. Good for you because your washing machine takes the pain.
However, follow the instructions as mentioned with the shoe. It is advisable to separate shoes with towels, i.e., wrap them in towels when putting them in a washing machine.
Tennis shoes have a high level of precision parts, which when frequently rubbed against another shoe or surface can wear out. You can read my earlier post on tennis shoes where manufacturing techniques are explained or read more on the engineering behind shoe design hereYou can prevent such possibility by using towels. Finally remove the moisture by using baking powder, newspapers, or talcum powder.
Conclusion on Cleaning Tennis Shoes At Home
Ideally, keep more than one pair of tennis shoes as drying these shoes may take a while. Remember the function of different agents such as vinegar, talcum powder, and baking powder serve.
Also, remember to wash insoles and laces separately. Clean tennis shoes help in gaining confidence and also prevent any injuries to feet as there is no sweat or grime inside. There are fewer infections as well. Ideally, clean them once a week if you are into playing this game regularly.
Check at our earlier post on cheap running shoes.
I hope my post will help make washing and cleaning your sports sneakers fun in the future, if you have any questions, just leave me a message below.