There’s no escaping the fact that without regular care your tennis shoes get grimy and smelly from the dirt and sweat they come up against every time you wear them. You can’t avoid that, but it is easy to keep them looking great and smelling sweet if you get into the good habit of cleaning them properly.
Stuck for how to actually do that? Keep reading – as we have gathered five top tips on how to wash your tennis trainers that will soon have your tennis shoes looking smart and very wearable again.
Tip #1 – Put them through the washing machine
Tennis shoes cope fine with a quick wash in a machine so long as you follow a couple of basic rules. Start by removing any insoles and shoelaces, which need to be washed separately. (The laces can go through the machine in a mesh bag, the insoles wiped with 1 cup water – 1 tablespoon of baking soda mix.)
Brush off any excess dirt from the outside before putting them into a mesh laundry bag and washing with heavy duty items like towels, and a good detergent. Chose a warm wash and a lower than usual spin speed. Dry naturally out of direct light, using plain white towels in the shoes to help them dry and keep their shape.
Tip #2 – Raid the pantry
If you don’t want to use the washing machine try a little DIY cleaning. You only need four items, white vinegar, baking soda, warm water and either a toothbrush or a cloth. Mix together in a bowl one cup of warm water, 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and one tablespoon of baking soda into a paste to dip the brush/cloth into. Cover the shoes with the mixture and scrub them well. Brush away any leftover paste after it dries, then leave the shoes to dry fully.
Tip #3 – Cover up marks
If you have washed your tennis shoes but still have a stain that won’t disappear the next step is to cleverly conceal it, using the special shoe polish made for white shoes. Just dab the white liquid onto the stain and leave to dry.
Tip #4 – Use toothpaste
Toothpaste is a great reviver for tennis shoes, but do make sure it is plain white and non-gel. Apply it to your shoes with an old toothbrush, then once the shoe is covered leave it to work its magic for ten minutes before wiping the toothpaste off with a damp cloth.
Tip #5 – Use shaving cream
Simply cover the shoes in the cream and leave it to dry completely before removing it with a shoe brush. If time is short cover the shoes with the shaving cream but remove it right away by wiping it off with a damp cloth. Both methods still need time for the shoes to dry naturally.
These five top tips are all you need to get to work on your own shoes, and they are all really easy to do – which is a bonus.