Tuesday, 9 May 2017

How to clean your running shoes

Never, ever put your running shoes in the washing machine. It is one of the main conclusions from some of the best brands in the running shoes market.

We know that sometimes is frustrating when you have just bought a pair of trainers, which especially happens with off road shoes, and after the first few miles they look like they have been to hell and back because of dirtOur customers often ask us what they can do to keep the shoes looking nice so we have compiled some tips from leading brands, including Asics, Adidas, Nike and Salomon, to advise what is the best way to clean, maintain and extend the life of the most important weapon for a runner.

Image of a race on soft muds.

After each use of the product it is recommended that you remove all dirt and mud from the shoes using a soft, wet brush and clean water. Don't put your shoes in the washing machine. This can discolour or damage the fabric.

Shoe fresh products.
Asics advises to wash the sockliner or insole separately if you are able to remove them. This will help make the inside of your shoe fresher and reduce shoe odor. Air dry completely before putting the insoles back in the shoes. If you see that your insole is useless, do not hesitate to change them. It is an easy and not expensive option. Anyway, Salomon recommends always wearing socks in order to keep the lining durable and odour free.

Should we use any product to clean the trainers? The answer is depends on the brand. Salomon says just water, while Asics prefers to recommend the use of a little warm water and a gentle, anti-grease soap while Adidas suggests adding eco-friendly laundry detergent to a little warm water. Nike reminds us to remove any excess detergent.

All the brands advise that shoes should be dried at room temperature “without the aid of an external heat source including the sun”. If you place them near a radiator, the direct heat could alter the shape of the shoe. Adidas suggests that you could add paper towels or newspaper on the inside to soak up the liquid. Normally, a shoe takes about twelve hours to dry out.

Do not forget the laces! In this case, you can use the washing machine or directly replace them when they are damaged.

Adidas finishes by suggesting that after your run you make sure to remove any stains as soon as possible. “When leaving them for too long they will start to permeate into the fabric of your shoe, which can be damaging in the long-term”.

Just one more thing to say: Have fun with your “new” running trainers

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