We’ve all been there: the perfect pair of trainers. Unfortunately, we’ve also all been here: a dirty pair of perfect trainers.
Say bye-bye to the grime (honestly, what even is that?), though, because the cleaning rangers are here! (That’s a lie, I’m no cleaning ranger, but I brought the best tips!)
- Q-Tips or Cotton Buds (for hard to reach areas)
- Nail Pusher (for when rocks get stuck in between the outsoles)
- Shoe Solution of your choice
- Water and Stain Repellent of your choice
- Soft-bristled brush for the premium parts of your sneakers
- Hard/rough-bristled brush for the outer part of your shoes
- (Optional: suede and nubuck cleaner—for shoes with suede parts)
- Soap Container (for the water and solution mixture)
- Canvas Bag or any type of cloth
Okay, let’s do it!
Step 1: Mix your chosen shoe solution with water and stain repellent.
Don’t forget to shake the bottle first! You want the solution to be evenly distributed before pouring.
Step 2: Take your hard-bristled brush and dip it in the mixture.
After wetting the brush with your cleaning liquid, rub away all the dirt. This step takes a lot of patience and strength, so just keep rubbing until you can no longer see any of the muck.
Step 3: For parts your brush can’t reach, take a q-tip and dip it in your solution.
Get the wet end all the way in and rub the same way you did with your brush. Use the end you didn’t dip to dry the space.
Step 4: Take the nail pusher to remove excess dirt.
For the ones your brush and q-tip can’t get rid of. Most of the time, small pieces of rock or gum.
Step 5: Put it on top of your canvas bag. Any type of cloth that soaks up water completely works as well.
Do this while cleaning the rest of your sneakers.
Step 6: Take your soft-bristled brush and dip it in the mixture.
This is for cleaning the premium parts. Do not use the hard-bristled one for this, as it will pick apart the material. Doing that would ruin your beloved shoes.
Rub to perfection. You’re going to be doing loads of that.
Step 7: Take your suede/nubuck brush and dip it in the mixture.
If you’re all fancy and your shoes have suede parts, use this to clean that.
Rub, rub, rub. Remember to be gentle though. You don’t want to ruin such delicate material.
And voila! We’re all done.
PRO TIP #1: After you’re done cleaning, I would very much recommend investing in a good pair of shoe trees for you to put inside your sneakers while they are drying. They help prevent creases and absorb the wetness and odor of your shoes.
PRO TIP #2: Use an old hair towel and wrap it around your drying shoes for a good hour. Take it out and let it air dry after.