You’ve likely spent a lot of time and effort – and possibly money – into getting the perfect pair of trainers. No doubt you’ll want to keep them looking their best. Washing trainers by hand can be hard work, especially when stains set in and they get covered in stubborn mud that won’t come out. That leaves one likely option; the washing machine. Is it okay to wash trainers in the washing machine though? Well, the good news is that many different kinds of trainers can be safely washed in the washing machine.
Today we’ll be looking at the different kinds of trainers you can safely wash in the machine and how to actually go about doing it. Your trainers will look just as good as new by the time you’ve finished cleaning them properly.
Can I Wash my Trainers in the Washing Machine?
Trainers are a little different from regular shoes. While shoes are generally made from animal materials such as suede and leather, which can’t handle the water inside of a washing machine, trainers are made from synthetic materials. They are made from polyester, nylon, and other similar materials. These materials are more hard-wearing and are better able to resist the damage caused by a washing machine.
Even so, it’s important to take note of the instructions found on the care label of your trainers. This label should outline whether or not the trainers can be safely washed in a washing machine. If the label doesn’t say that it’s okay to use machine washing, then don’t do it. Your trainers will thank you. You may also want to avoid machine washing expensive trainers, in particular running shoes. These trainers are made with technical materials that may get damaged in the wash. Once again, if in doubt just check the label.
How to Wash Trainers in a Washing Machine
Without any further ado, here is the simple step-by-step instructions for washing trainers in a washing machine;
- Start by taking the laces out of the trainers. Give them a little bit of a hand clean by scrubbing off excess mud and dirt from them. You can do this with a wire brush or an old toothbrush. This makes things easier on the washing machine and allows the machine to effectively remove any remaining dirt and grime.
- Ideally you should put the shoes – and their laces – in a mesh laundry bag, which is then placed inside the washing machine. This prevents the trainers from getting caught on the inside of the drum in the washing machine.
- Washing trainers is going to be noisy given how much they’ll bang against the side of the drum. You can reduce the noise by adding some towels to the wash with the trainers. This helps reduce the impact of the trainers hitting the drum. The towels offer a layer of protection for the trainers.
- You should wash the trainers at a cold temperature. This prevents the colors from bleeding and fading out. It’s recommended that you keep the temperature below 80F for the best results. When it comes to detergent you should use a high quality color one. Add it to the drum with a dosing ball alongside the trainers before starting the wash cycle.
How to Dry Trainers
You’ll need to dry your trainers once you’ve washed them. You may be tempted to just put them right in the tumble dryer for the fastest possible drying. That would be a mistake. The heat from a tumble dryer can do a lot of damage to your trainers. It can melt the glue that holds them together and increase the risk of breakage. It’s best to leave the trainers to air dry outside, provided that the weather is good. There’s no point in leaving them outside to dry in the rain. This also helps ensure the trainers dry at the right shape and are still comfortable to wear when they are done
It’s entirely possible to wash your trainers in the washing machine as long as you do it properly. Make sure that the trainers are suitable for machine washing by checking the label. Remove the laces and pack them away in a wash bag, and wash them on a cold cycle for best results. With a little care and attention to detail your trainers will soon like good as new!