Can you wash Nike Air Max in the washing machine?

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For you Nike AirMax to keep them tidy, they need to be cleaned occasionally. That’s why it’s important to know if you can wash your Nike Air Max in the washing machine. Unfortunately the answer is no. We strongly recommend not washing your Nike Air Max in the washing machine. Luckily, with a simple step-by-step plan, your Nike Air Max can still be fully cleaned in no time.


Why washing your Nike Air Max in the washing machine is a no-no

We totally understand that you immediately think of the washing machine when you clean your Nike Air Max. You put your shoes in the washing machine, add detergent and turn on the machine. A child can do laundry, right? Unfortunately, your Nike Air Max won’t last in the washing machine and here’s why:

Too much water

Even if your Nike Air Max can withstand a splash of rain, the amount of water used to wash it in the washing machine is too much. Your shoes get soaked, can lose their shape, and can damage the glue layer between the Nike Air Max upper and sole.

Centrifugation

In addition to lots of water, the spin of the washing drum can also cause your soles to loosen. , The washer drum spins more than a hundred times during the wash, which can cause the cushioning material of your Nike to shift. The result: clean but damaged sneakers.

The temperature is too high

Most wash programs are set at higher temperatures than your Nike Air Max can handle. Temperatures that are too high can damage the fabric of your Nike Air Max and the color of your sneakers may fade. Apart from the washing machine, avoid the tumble dryer when washing your Nike Air Max. The heat from the dryer can also damage your sneakers.

A step-by-step plan for cleaning Nike Air Max

You now know that you can wash your Nike shoes in the washing machine Not great idea. Luckily, there are plenty of other options for getting your Nike Air Max clean again. Follow the step-by-step plan below and your sneakers will be like new again!

#1 Get out the rope

Remove the laces from the shoes and place them in a bowl of warm water. Let the laces soak in while you clean up the rest of the shoes. Then rinse well and dry with a soft cloth. Do you have white straps? Then add some bleach to the water.

#2 Get rid of coarse dirt

Mud, leaves, and other debris are best removed by picking it up from your Air Max yourself. Use a toothbrush or cotton swab to clean the cracks, dents and seams as best you can. If you can’t remove coarse dirt, you can use a soft, dry shoe brush. It easily removes residual dirt from your shoes. Don’t have a shoe brush? Don’t panic, you can also use a toothbrush for this.

#3 Make soapy water

Fill a tub, pot, or bucket with warm water and add a little mild detergent. When you notice that the water is starting to get dirty, it’s time to replace the soapy water with clean water.

#4 Wash the top

You can clean the Nike Air Max upper with soapy water and a soft cloth or brush. Dab the top of the shoe with a damp cloth or soft brush. Hard scrubbing isn’t necessary and can only damage the leather or suede of your sneakers. Is your Air Max not completely clean yet? Repeat this step as many times as needed.

#5 Wash the soles

For the sole you need a soft (tooth) brush. Dip it into the soapy water and gently scrub the outsole and midsole with the soapy water. You don’t have to rub hard! Then dry the sole with a dry, soft cloth. You also repeat this step as many times as possible until the soles of your feet are completely clean again.

#6 Drying

Are sneakers really clean? Place them somewhere indoors, but not in direct sunlight. It can discolor or shrink your Nike Air Max and that would be embarrassing! Alternatively, you can place a small white towel or wad of white paper loosely over the shoes while drying them. In this way, excess water is absorbed faster and the shape of the sneakers is maintained. Tip: do not use newspaper for this, as it may cause ink smudges!

#7 Be careful

Treat your Nike Air Max with the right care products to keep your leather or suede looking beautiful longer. Plus, your sneakers will last longer if you take good care of them. So don’t forget!

Still washing your Nike Air Max in the washing machine?

Do you find the step-by-step plans too much of a hassle or do you just want to wash your Nike Air Max in the washing machine? Then we advise you to strictly follow the following rules.

  • Remove all coarse dirt before placing the sneakers in the washing machine
  • Untie the laces and place the shoes in a pillowcase or laundry bag
  • Use a delicate wash program
  • Set the temperature to a maximum of 30 degrees
  • Do not centrifuge
  • Let it dry gently. It may take several days for your shoes to dry completely

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