Argh, you got your new kicks all dirty. Don’t worry there is a simple way to clean mesh sneakers. Actually I will show you two methods that you can follow in this post. Just pick whichever one works best for you.
Before I begin!
In this post I will be showing you two ways in which you can clean the mesh on your shoes. They are both very easy ways for you to do this.
One of the ways that I will discuss is to brush the dirt off. It’s not a particularly hard process for you. You just need to have the items that I will list.
The other way is even easier. All you really need is a washing machine. This way will not only clean the mesh on your shoes but also the whole shoe as well.
So it is up to you which option that you choose. And whether you have the listed items in your home, (which you should have anyway).
Not only do I give you step-by-step instructions on how to clean your shoes but I also start each method with an instructional video.
I find that videos are the best way for you to understand the steps that you will need to take. The quality of both these videos isn’t great I must admit but they show you exactly what you need to do.
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2 Easy Ways to clean your mesh shoes:
Easy Way – Brush The Dirt Off
This method is very easy for you to do. You just need to scrub off the dirt with a toothbrush, or any ordinary scrubbing brush. Don’t scrub too hard though. If the process doesn’t work then you will just need to repeat it.
Credit: Chris Rodriguez
What You Need:
- Shoes (yeah I got that)
- 2 Cups
- Warm water in first cup
- Water and soap in second cup
- Cloth/rag (non-colored preferably)
Step 1 – Prepare Yourself
First you will need to prepare everything for you to begin the process of cleaning your shoes.
Simply fill up one cup with warm water. Don’t make it too hot though as this may damage your shoes. The second cup will be filled with a mixture of warm water and soap.
You can use ordinary hand soap that you have in your bathroom. This may either be liquid soap or a bar of soap. If you have a bar of soap then just leave it in the cup of water for a while to get a mixture of soapy water, (as explained in the above video).
You can always use your sink or a couple of buckets instead if you wish. It’s entirely up to you.
Then get your toothbrush or an ordinary scrubbing brush. Make sure that the bristles on the brush are not abrasive. You do not want to rip the mesh on your shoes.
It would be best if the cloth or rag that you use isn’t colored as the color may run into the shoes.
Step 2 – Scrub Your Shoes
Next what you will need to do is to dampen the mesh on your shoes. For this get your brush and dip it into the cup of warm water. And then scrub your shoes.
Then put the brush into the cup of soapy water and scrub your shoes. Make sure that you cover the entire mesh with the soapy water.
After that dip your brush back into the warm water again and then scrub your shoes again.
Tip: A circular motion works best.
Step 3 – Dry Your Shoes
Then get your cloth or rag and pat-dry your shoes.
If you don’t think that they are completely dry then you can always leave them for a few hours or overnight. Leaving them in outside in the shade is also a good idea.
Step 4 – Repeat The Process
You may find that the dirt or stains haven’t disappeared after completing this process. You will probably find though that some of it has gone.
What you need to do is just repeat Steps 1-3 until you are satisfied with how clean your shoes are.
Please let me know if this method works for you.
Easier Way – Use The Washing Machine
If you do not fancy scrubbing your shoes clean and prefer an even simpler method then you can always chuck them into the washing machine instead. But wait before you do that there are a few tips and instructions that I would like you to follow.
Credit: Tommy Today
Now this method will not only clean the mesh part of your shoes, but the whole shoe as well. So if they are dirty all over then this is great choice for you.
What You Need:
- Shoes (yep, got them)
- Pillow case(s)
- Rubber band(s)
- Laundry detergent
- Washing machine
- Small towel (only if you have a top-loader)
Step 1 – Prepare Your Items
Yep simple start, you just need to prepare everything before you begin to use the washing machine. There’s not too much preparation involved though with this method unlike the previous one.
Depending on how many shoes that you need to clean you may need more than one pillow case. The case will hold your shoes while they get washed in the machine.
Tip: It’s best if you use an old pillow case instead of one that you are already using. Even an old jersey will do. You just need to tie up the ends, (as instructed in the above video).
Step 2 – Get Your Shoes Machine Ready
Then take out the insoles from your shoes and the shoe laces as well. You don’t really need to wash the insoles. Placing them in the washing machine may actually damage them so I would suggest for you not to clean them.
Next put the shoes into the pillow case(s). Then what you need to do is to twist the opening end of the case and tie it up with a rubber band. You may want to wrap the band a few times to make sure it holds during the wash cycle.
Then put your shoe laces into an old sock. Either tie up or use a rubber band to seal the opening of the sock.
Tip: There’s no real point cleaning the shoes, (or any part of your shoe), before putting them into the washing machine. If there is still dirt on your shoes afterwards then you can always scrub them clean using the above method.
Step 3 – Put Your Shoes and Laces In
Next it’s time to get your washing machine ready to start the cleaning. If you have a top-loader then it’s a good idea to wrap a small towel around the spindle. This will help the shoes from getting too bashed up from the spinning.
Put the pillow case(s) filled with your shoes and the sock with your shoe laces into the machine.
Tip: Put in some extra towels into the wash as well. Again this will help prevent your shoes getting knocked around too much.
Step 4 – Start The Washing Cycle
If your washing machine is like mine then you may want to set the water level to Auto. If not then small/medium should suffice. But it’s up to you. It’s your machine after all so you should know what works best for you.
Then set the temperature to cold. You don’t want anything higher than that as it will damage your shoes. And we don’t want that do we?
Then set the machine for a delicate wash.
And then put in some laundry detergent as you would normally do.
Finally, press Start and wait for the cycle to finish. While you are waiting you may want to check out the rest of my site 😉
Step 5 – Leave To Dry
Once the washing machine has finished its cycle then take the shoes and laces out of the machine. Remove them from the pillow case(s) and sock and then inspect them.
You should see that they are now clean, or at least they are mostly clean.
If you are not completely satisfied with the cleanliness of your shoes then you can always hand scrub them until you are happy with the state of them.
For this just follow the steps in the first method of this post.
If you are happy with how clean your shoes are then you can either leave them for a few hours or even overnight to dry. Placing them outside is also a good option as long as they are in the shade.
When you are happy that the shoes are as clean as you like them to be then re-lace your shoes and put the soles back in.
Tip: It is best not to use a tumble dryer or a hair dryer. The heat from either of these will cause damage to your shoes.
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