Can You Put Trainers in the Washing Machine?
Many modern trainers are sturdy enough to withstand a machine wash (but always check the manufacturer’s instructions first). We recommend putting shoes in a mesh bag for protection, along with their detached laces, then washing with Persil Bio Liquid Detergent on a cold wash, which will help prevent the colours from fading. Washing at the same time as their swimming towels, dirty jeans, or smelly PE kit should soften any blows your shoes might give to the washing machine drum.
Drying Your Clean Trainers
Dry trainers outdoors, if you can – but away from direct sunlight as this could fade the colours. Otherwise, find somewhere warm and dry with a good air current (on a windowsill, near a fan or air conditioning unit or in the airing cupboard).
Stuffing shoes with newspaper, and changing it when it begins to feel damp, is a good way to speed drying as the paper absorbs some of the excess water (this is also a handy tip for all your shoes if you’ve been out in the rain or if the kids have been splashing in puddles.) You can also accelerate the process by removing the insoles and washing and drying them separately.
Resist the temptation to put them in the tumble dryer though as this could add to the wear and tear of them. Depending on the weather, it could take several hours, or even a couple of days for the trainers to dry, so you may need to plan ahead. Washing the kids’ trainers the night before they need them for Sports Day might be cutting it fine.
An Even Quicker Fix for Washing Trainers
If the trainers only need a quick freshen up, or you don’t have time for a potentially lengthy drying process, just washing the laces, the insoles and wiping down the soles is a fast-track way to an immediate impact. For more expert laundry tips, visit our stain removal section.
How do you keep trainers looking fresher and cleaner for longer? Share your secrets with us in the comments below.