Want to make your worn-out size 15 trainers look (and smell) like they’ve just come out of the box instead of out of a muddy park? Follow these tips on how to wash your trainers for an instant footwear overhaul...


Old trainers


How to wash trainer laces:


First, remove the laces and give them a good scrub with a soapy toothbrush on a draining board. If you are putting them in the washing machine with the rest of your wash, pin them into a bag or pocket first so they don’t get lost. You may have noticed that white laces are the first thing to show the dirt, so even just washing this part (or switching them for a darker colour) is going to be a big step in bringing your trainers back to life.


Prepare your trainers for washing:


Before taking your shoes near any water, carefully brush off any surface dirt. Be really thorough. Use a toothpick or cotton bud to get into all the nooks and crannies. Getting rid of as much dirt as possible to begin with will prevent any of it seeping further into the fabric or making your washing water too muddy.


How to wash your trainers with a sponge:


Using a soft cloth or sponge, warm water and a small amount of detergent, carefully clean the waterproof parts of the shoe such as the sole, reflective panels or leather detailing. The trickier fabric areas can be gently cleaned with a sponge, soft cloth or brush and a fresh batch of soapy water.


For tougher stains, dab on some neat detergent and leave for about 15 minutes. When the shoes look clean, or as clean as you think you can get them, wipe away any detergent with clean water and a fresh cloth.

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