Keep your kicks looking fresh with our top tips for cleaning your trainer collection. We’ve all been there, you wear your trainers for a night out and someone spills a drink, or you just walk around town and suddenly realise you’ve scuffed your favourite treads. It’s tempting to chuck them in the washing machine, but don’t. It’s just a bit too rough-and-tumble for our sneaks.
Instead, you can do things the easy (but more expensive) way, by buying the celebrity of the shoe care world – the Jason Markk shoe cleaning kit. It costs £16 and includes a brush specially designed with soft brushes to avoid damage, and the all important cleaner which will tackle scuffs and stains on any leather shoes. From trainers to brogues, this kit will fix your cleaning needs and a little goes a long way, with one bottle lasting for up to 100 cleans.
If you’d rather do things the DIY way, we’ve got some insider hacks here using household goods, so you can keep your cash for the next pair to add to your collection.
You’ll need to wipe off your trainers before a proper clean, but make sure you’re not using paper towels! The paper will tend to rub off, especially on a suede shoe. We recommend using baby wipes, and if your trainers only need a little spruce up you’ll be surprised how well baby wipes work for a quick fix.
Laces should be washed separately. You can soak them in five parts water and one part bleach (for white laces) or detergent for any other colour. Alternatively, pop them in a delicates bag or a pillowcase and pop them in a cold wash. Leave to dry naturally.
Spotted a scuff on your rubber soles? Get an eraser and simply rub any scuffs away.
For canvas shoes, fill a sink with warm water and add a drop of laundry detergent. Put your trainers in and use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away the stains. Once your done, run your shoes under cold water to wash away any soap and allow them to dry naturally.
If you get a scratch on your white shoes then you can use a toothbrush and toothpaste to scrub away the dirty patches.
Suede is a slightly trickier material to clean, because the softer fibres standing up (the nap) spoils easier than regular leather. We recommend using a suede protector that will waterproof and protect from stains. When cleaning, use a special suede brush which has softer bristles to keep your suede looking box fresh.