How to Clean Sports Shoes With Minimal Damage | STACK
X

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

How to Clean Sports Shoes With Minimal Damage

February 5, 2013 | Erika Sivils

Dirty Shoes

Cleaning sports shoes can be a tricky task. While trying to rid sports shoe of unpleasant odors, it's easy to cause damage to the shoes. Here are a few tips on how to clean your shoes without ruining them.

Take off the Laces

One of the biggest mistakes when washing shoes is forgetting to take off the laces. This creates unwanted indents where the laces cross the shoe's upper and cleans the laces in a blotchy fashion. Taking off the laces takes a little effort, but it will save your shoes from permanent damage.

Spot Clean

Spot clean any noticable marks or stains before putting your shoes in the wash. A Tide pen or Oxy Clean mixed with water should lift the stain. Don't use a stain remover with bleach unless your shoes are white.

Wash

Wash the shoes in hot water on a low spin cycle for a small load. Let water fill the washing machine, then put in detergent. If possible, take out the inner soles and wash them by hand. If you have a few old towels, throw them in the load to reduce any damage to the shoes during spin cycle. Wash the laces—untied and separated from the shoes—in the same load.

Dry

When your shoes are finished washing, put them in the dryer. Use a low heat cycle to reduce the possibility of cracking the leather or burning the rubber. Once dry, re-lace the shoes.

If your shoes came with any cleaning instructions, be sure to look for guidelines. Also look for recommendations on your laundry detergent about how much to use for a small load. If shoes still have marks after they are cleaned, try reapplying a spot remover.

Topics: NEWS
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

How to Choose the Best Running Shoe for Yourself

Unlike most team sports, cross country is the one sport where you need very little gear or equipment. However, one of the few and most important pieces...

Treat Your Feet Right: When to Replace Your Worn Out Shoes

Nike Unveils 2015 Pro Bowl Uniforms

Will Johnny Manziel Get His Own Signature Cleat?

SNEAKER ALERT: First Look at Air Jordan's 2014 Playoff Pack

The Best Non-Basketball 'Player Exclusive' Kicks

New iSlide Athletic Sandals Help Athletes Recover

SNEAKER ALERT: adidas Introduces Supernova Sequence Boost

SNEAKER ALERT: Jordan Announces Super.Fly 3

Under Armour Introduces the Curry One

adidas Set to Drop the D Lillard 1

STACK Approved: Puma BioWeb Elite LTD Training Shoe

Study Ranks Paleo As Second-Worst Diet

adidas Unveils New Ultra Boost Running Shoe

Nike Free Hyperfeel Knit Shoe Moves With You

SNEAKER ALERT: Reebok Retro Runner, the GL6000

How to Find the Perfect Running Shoe

The Best Basketball Sneakers of 2014

adidas Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot

adidas Previews the FIFA World Cup Battle Pack Collection

Introducing the Warrior Prequel

SNEAKER ALERT: Nike Officially Unveils Hyperdunk 2014

Jordan Brand Reveals Flight Runner, Its First Running Shoe

The ASICS GEL-Kayano

adidas Launches the adiZero Crazy Light 3 Basketball Sneaker

Under Armour Introduces the SpeedForm Apollo Running Shoe

Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0: An Ideal All-Around CrossFit Shoe

A Closer Look at Stephen Curry's Anatomix Spawn Silver PE

Air Jordan Releases the Flight Flex Trainer

The Reebok ZQuick Is a Racing Tire for Your Foot

Form Meets Function With the DZR Marco Bike Polo Shoe

Turkey Bowl Gear Essentials: Nike Free Trainer 5.0 Training Shoe

Puma Fass 500 S Running Shoe Offers a Cushy Minimal Ride

Tyga to Star in New Reality Show

Who Wore the Best Tennis Shoes in History?

The Best Commercial You Won

adidas Releases New Golden Adizero F50 FG Messi Cleat

adidas Unveils the D Rose 4

Cardale Jones Returns to Ohio State University

Post Your Next PR with the Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus

Jordan CP3.VII Out This Week in 4 Colorways

Check Out Under Armour's Alter Ego Highlight Cleats

NHL All-Stars Drop In For a Game of Sledge Hockey

Sneak Peek: Puma evoPOWER Soccer Cleats

Yes, Snoop Dogg Designed a Custom Football Cleat With adidas