It’s no secret that a lot of people don’t like to wash their shoes. Many people go weeks, months, or even years without ever washing their shoes. And while this might not seem like a big deal, it can lead to some pretty nasty consequences.
Which Shoes Are Machine Washable?
The first thing you need to do is figure out if your shoes are machine washable. Not all shoes can be safely put in the washing machine, and if you try to wash a pair of shoes that aren’t meant to be washed in the machine, you could end up damaging them.
The second thing you need to do is figure out what type of shoes you’re going to be washing. Are they made of leather? Suede? Canvas? Sneakers? Each type of material will need to be washed differently, and using the wrong method could damage your shoes.
The best way to find out if your shoes are machine washable is to check the manufacturer’s website or the tag on the shoes themselves. If you can’t find this information online or on the tag, you can always give the shoes a call and ask a customer service representative.
Tools And Materials Needed
Once you’ve determined that your shoes are machine-washable, you’ll need to gather a few supplies before you get started. Here’s what you’ll need:
The first, and the most obvious, item you’ll need is a machine washing. Any type of washing machine will do, as long as it’s big enough to fit your shoes.
The second item you’ll need is laundry detergent. You can use any type of laundry detergent, but we recommend using a gentle detergent so it doesn’t damage your shoes.
Small Scrub Brush Or Old Toothbrush
The third item you’ll need is a small scrub brush or an old toothbrush. This will be used to clean any dirt or debris off of your shoes before you put them in the washing machine.
The fourth item you need is cream cleaner. This will be used to clean any leather or suede shoes you’re going to be washing.
Several Large Towels
The fifth and final item you’ll need is several large towels. These will be used to dry your shoes after they’ve been washed.
Washing Shoes In Washer
Now that you have all of the supplies you need, it’s time to start washing your shoes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash your shoes in the washing machine:
Remove The Laces And Insoles
The first step is to remove the laces and insoles from your shoes. These can be washed separately from the rest of the shoe, and they’ll usually come out cleaner if they’re washed on their own.
Brush Off Any Dirt Or Debris
The next step is to brush off any dirt or debris from your shoes. If there’s anything stuck to the bottom of your shoes, now is the time to remove it. Use a small scrub soft brush or an old toothbrush to remove any dirt or debris.
Apply Cream Cleaner (If Needed)
If you’re washing leather or suede shoes, the next step is to apply a cream cleanser. This will help to protect the material and keep it from being damaged during the washing process.
Put Your Shoes In The Washer
The next step is to put your shoes in the washing machine. If you’re washing more than one pair of shoes, make sure to wash them separately so they don’t damage each other.
Add Laundry Detergent
After your shoes are in the washing machine, add the laundry detergent. We recommend using a gentle detergent so it doesn’t damage your shoes.
Set The Machine To A Delicate Cycle
The next step is to set the machine to a delicate cycle. This will ensure that your shoes don’t get damaged during the washing process.
Let The Machine Finish Its Cycle
Once the machine has finished its wash cycle, remove your shoes and let them air dry. Do not put them in the dryer, as this could damage the material.
Hand Washing shoe
If you don’t have a washing machine, or if your shoes are not machine-washable, you can always hand wash them.
If you’re washing leather shoes, the process is pretty simple. All you need to do is mix a small amount of gentle soap with some water and apply it to the shoes with a cloth.
After the soap has been applied, use a second cloth to remove any excess soap and cold water. Once the shoes are clean, allow them to air dry.
Patent Shoes Of Leather
When your shoes get scuff marked or dirty, you can remedy solve this problem by using petroleum jelly over the shoes. Simply apply a layer of petroleum jelly to the dirty areas and allow it to dry. The petroleum jelly will help to protect the patent leather from being damaged.
Suede Shoe Cleaning
If you’re washing suede shoes, the process is a little different. First, you’ll need to purchase a suede brush. This brush will help to remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the suede.
To remove the sticky tough stains over the shoes, you need to take a white cloth dipped in vinegar or alcohol and rub the affected area. This will help to remove the stain completely.
To clean the canvas shoes, you need to start brushing the dirt off the surface. Be sure to get all the dirt and debris off the surface, so it doesn’t end up getting washed into the material.
After you’ve brushed off all the dirt and debris from your shoes, you’ll need to clean them with a brush. Take a cup of water and add a teaspoon of detergent to it. Scrub this cleaning solution on the surface of the shoes. Rinse the brush under running water, then set it aside to dry out.
Shoelaces Washing By Hand
Your shoelaces can be washed in the washing machine, but we recommend washing them by hand. This will help to prolong their life and keep them looking new.
To wash your shoelaces by hand, start by soaking them in a solution of warm water and gentle soap. After they’ve been soaked for a few minutes, use your fingers to scrub away any dirt or debris. Rinse the shoelaces thoroughly, then allow them to air dry completely.
Muddy Shoes Cleaning
If your shoes are covered in mud, the best way to clean them is to let the mud dry completely. Once the mud has dried, use a stiff brush to remove it from the surface of your shoes.
If you’re in a hurry and you need to clean your shoes quickly, you can always use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment. Just make sure to vacuum in a well-ventilated area, as the mud can be dusty.
Valuable Tips To Prevent Shoes From Getting Dirty
There are a few valuable tips that you can follow to prevent your shoes from getting dirty.
- First, try to avoid wearing your shoes in muddy or wet conditions.
- If you know you’re going to be walking in mud or water, bring a second pair of shoes to change into.
- When you’re not wearing your shoes, store them in a shoe rack or closet.
- If your shoes are particularly dirty, you can always brush them off with an old toothbrush before storing them.
By following these simple tips, you can keep your shoes looking new and prolong their life.
Call Our Laundromat
If you need help with your shoes, or if you don’t have the time to wash them yourself, feel free to bring them to our laundromat. Our Dutchman’s Laundry team would be more than happy to help you get your shoes clean and look new again.