How to Clean Running Shoes
Lengthen the life of your running shoes and trail runners with our best tips and tricks on how to keep them clean without discoloration of the fabric.
Running is tough on your shoes. Trail runners end up with dirt-caked outsoles, reducing traction. Pavement runners constantly battle dirt, grime and debris that can work into a shoe’s fabric and grind away at your foot like sandpaper. And that’s not even mentioning the damage from weather, sweat and the barrage of countless miles.
Knowing how to clean your shoes is essential for runners. They’ll look fresh and you’ll prolong your shoes’ lifespan. Here is our guide to cleaning and maintaining your trainers.
When you’re learning how to clean running shoes, follow these steps:
Start by wiping away dirt, grass and mud with a soft brush like an old toothbrush.
Remove and place laces and insoles inside a pillowcase. Then stick the pillowcase inside a washing machine - run with laundry detergent on cold / delicate. This will clean both laces and insoles while eliminating odors.
Mix water with an eco-friendly laundry detergent. Scrub away stains and wash the shoes using an old toothbrush to apply the mixture.
Rinse with a warm washcloth, removing soap, suds and any remaining grime.
Air-dry at room temperature (but never outside, because the sun wears and warps the outer sole, and leads to yellow staining).
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