METHOD 1: Quick Clean
When cleaning traditional mesh sport shoes with minimal dirt or grime, we opt for the Stain Solution to treat hard to reach areas and tricky layered fabrics.
Start by removing all liners. These can be hand washed separately in warm or cold water, depending on the material. Then, mix a few drops of Stain Solution with a splash of hot water in a small bowl. Using a soft Stain Brush or toothbrush, work the solution into the shoes.
Finish by thoroughly rinsing. Stuff with a clean dry cloth and leave to air dry.!
METHOD 2: Deep Clean
For a deeper clean, add Signature Detergent to a basin or sink filled with cool to warm water.
Gently agitate the water with a stain brush to evenly distribute soap and submerge the item. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
Rinse well by running water through the sneaker until the water is no longer soapy. After thoroughly rinsing, stuff with a soft cloth to absorb excess moisture during the drying process.
If you prefer to wash your athletic shoes in the washer, first remove the inserts and laces and place them in a mesh bag. Select a delicate cycle with low spin on your machine, and Signature Detergent. For extra stinky kicks, add 2-3 tablespoons of odor-neutralizing plain white vinegar. After the cycle is finished, proceed air drying your sport shoes, stuffing them with a cloth as needed to expedite drying.
Pro Tip: When cleaning shoes in the washer, do not toss them in with clothing. Always wash separately to protect clothing items and to ensure the deepest clean!
METHOD 3: Freshen Up
Just like canvas shoes, sport shoes can be freshened up in between washes and wears using a fabric freshening spray. For heavier smells or excess sweat, sprinkle odor absorbing baking soda inside the shoes and leave overnight before shaking out.
Pro Tip: When removing the baking soda out of your shoes, shake them out directly over your kitchen drain, then pour ½ - 1 cup plain white vinegar over, adding more baking soda as needed. This will create a quick drain clearing solution that helps combat food residue and odors! Finish by rinsing with hot water.