How to Wash Trainers in Washing Machine


Your trainers are like best friends: you rely on them for support and comfort, so they must be correctly taken care of. Handwashing can be tedious, so it’s great to know that most trainers can be washed in the washing machine if you follow the instructions correctly.

Check the care label.

Check their care labels first to guarantee your trainers look new for longer. It will tell you whether or not they can be washed in a machine and what to do afterward.

The care label will tell you how to wash each type of fabric for maximum care and longevity. For instance, nylon should be washed in warm water, dried at low heat, and ironed at a moderate temperature for optimal results.

Materials such as leather or suede should never be machine washed; instead, take them to a specialist cleaner or hand-wash them. It’s also wise to remove any laces and clean the insoles before placing them into the washer since these can become damaged from repeated machine washing.

Remove the laces

When washing trainers in the washing machine, it’s best to take out the laces first. Doing so makes scrubbing excess dirt and mud from inside the shoe easier.

Prevents color from seeping into the lace by placing shoes and their laces inside a mesh bag before washing them in the washer. This will prevent them from sliding into the rubber door seal or banging behind it.

Choose a cold cycle to help maintain the color of your trainers. This is especially important if using powder detergent, which may not dissolve fully at lower temperatures.

Wash at the right temperature.

Many people don’t realize you can wash trainers in the washing machine, and while it may not be ideal for all pairs of trainers, it can be an effective way to restore them to the new.

If you decide to give them a shot, make sure you use the proper detergent and wash at the correct temperature. Selecting a cold setting will reduce the chance of color bleeding through the fabric, and liquid detergent will prevent powder buildup.

Additionally, placing your shoes in a mesh laundry bag would be best to prevent them from getting caught on the drum, particularly around its rubber door seal. Not only will this minimize noise production, but it may also protect the drum itself from damage.

Don’t over-soak

While it may be tempting to soak your trainers in detergent, over-soaking can damage their fibers and make them stiff. Worse still, over-soaking could melt the glue that holds your shoes together – something you don’t want!

Opt for a delicate cycle with low temperature and spin rate on your machine to prevent shrinkage when washing soft fabrics like nylon and suede. This is especially important when dealing with materials like nylon or suede, which tend to shrink when washed at high temperatures.

Another way to prevent over-soaking is by filling your wash with other items, like towels or blankets, that absorb water and keep your trainers from getting too wet. You could also try using Persil Bio Liquid Detergent on a cold wash to keep their color brighter for longer.

Remove mud

Before washing your trainers, getting rid of any mud is essential. Doing this prevents it from seeping further into the fabric and making the washing water too muddy.

To do this, use a toothbrush or soft brush to scrub your shoes thoroughly. Doing this will remove surface dirt from the boots, such as sand, dust, and mud.

Once all the dirt has been eliminated, it’s time to wash your trainers in the washing machine. Before doing this, take off any laces or other loose parts.

Before running the machine, putting shoelaces into a laundry bag or pillowcase is wise. Doing this prevents them from getting tangled up in the drum and damaging the engine.


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