Monday, February 15, 2016

How to wash running shoes | How to wash tennis shoes

Step One: Come Unlaced

Your shoe laces are often the dirtiest part of the shoe. Begin your tennis shoe cleaning project by removing the laces as well as any removable insoles or inserts.

The laces can be washed by putting them in a mesh laundry bag and tossed in with a load of laundry or replaced quite inexpensively.

The insoles should be handled separately. Remove them from the shoes and allow them to air while you are cleaning. If they are particularly smelly, sprinkle with baking soda to absorb odor and moisture.

This should be done frequently even if you are not cleaning the rest of the shoe.

Now, rinse the outside of the shoes with cool water to remove any loose dirt or soil.
Step Two: Soap and Water Time

Most tennis shoes will travel through the clothes washer with no problems. If you're not sure, check the manufacturer's website. Almost all of them offer cleaning instructions.

When it's time to wash, simply use warm water and a heavy duty detergent (Persil, Wisk and Tide  are top performers) and wash them with a load of similar colored towels. If you have a washer with adjustable final spin speeds, select a lower speed to prevent the washer from becoming unbalanced.

If you Google for instructions on washing tennis shoes, you may find a story about how to wash them in the dishwasher.

Yes, you can put your athletic shoes and shower shoes in the dishwasher. Should you? NO! While the hot water and spray mechanical action of the water will remove soil, dishwasher detergents are extremely harsh and can ruin leather and cause fading in cotton and some synthetics. Plus the high heat of the drying cycle can cause shrinkage and even melting.

Save the dishwasher for your dishes.

If the shoes are really pricey and new, hand washing is a bit more gentle. Use a soft brush and solution of mild liquid detergent in water. Scrub the inside and outside of each shoe. For scuff marks on leather or faux leather shoes, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works wonders. Use a gentle touch and wipe away residue with a damp cloth.
Disinfecting Shoes And Getting Rid Of Poison Ivy

If you are concerned about bacteria and athlete's foot fungus, the shoes will need to be disinfected. Pine oil disinfectants, which are effective in hot and warm water, are safe to use with athletic shoes without damaging the fabric. Some brands include Pine Sol, Spic-n-Span Pine and Lysol Pine Action. They should be added at the beginning of the wash cycle. To be effective, the product must contain 80 percent pine oil.

Phenolic disinfectants are also effective in hot and warm water. Lysol brand disinfectant is available in most areas. Phenolic disinfectants may be added to the wash or rinse water. If adding to the rinse cycle, be sure to set the rinse water temperature to warm as many machines automatically use cold water for rinsing.

When you finish cleaning the tennis shoes, be sure to carefully wash socks and gym bags using the same products to prevent the spread of any bacteria and fungus that can cause problems to occur again.

To remove the itchy effects of poison ivy sap, follow these tips.
Step Three: Drying Time

Never put your shoes in a high heat clothes dryer. High heat can cause them to lose their shape and that will affect their support. Instead, put them in a well ventilated space or, if you must, use the air only dryer cycle. Stuff them loosely with white cotton towels or white paper to prevent color transfer and to help them retain their shape. Don't use newspaper because you'll find ink on your socks the next day!
Step Four: Final Touches

When your shoes are completely dry, you can use white or black or appropriately colored shoe polish to touch up any scuffs. In a pinch, a permanent marker works wonders to hide problems!

For real leather tennis shoes, a leather conditioner will help keep your shoe leather supple and prevent cracking. For canvas shoes, a fabric protective spray will help repel dirt and stains between cleanings. Both products can be purchased in most grocery stores or online from amazon.com.