Shoes in the washing machine: how does it work?

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You may recognize it: your favourite shoe don’t look as pretty as when you just bought it. They were covered in stains and dirt and impossible to clean. Not with a shoe brush, not with a wet cloth and not even after hours of hand washing. If nothing else works, you can always throw your shoes in the washing machine!

Cleaning shoes in the washing machine

We always recommend that you hand wash your shoes first. This way you reduce the risk of damage. Are you really unable to clean your shoes? By following this step-by-step plan, you’ll have your shoes looking like new in no time.

Step 1: Remove all loose pieces

First things first. To optimally protect your shoes and washing machine from damage, you should remove all loose parts from your shoes. Think for example laces, straps, insoles, buckles, etc. These kinds of loose parts can get caught in the drum or worse… damage your washing machine. And let’s face it: no one wants to buy a new washing machine every time you wash your shoes.

Step 2: Remove all dirt

It is important to remove as much dirt as possible and wash the shoes first by hand. You can do this by simply filling a basin with warm water and some mild detergent. Dip a soft brush or clean cloth into the soapy water and gently rub the brush or cloth over the shoes. Don’t forget to keep the sole free of dirt. Stones and other hard objects can damage the washer when they fly around in the drum.

Step 3: Wash the shoes in the washing machine

After the preparations are complete, it’s time to put the shoes in the washing machine. Put shoes in separate pillowcases or nets, so you reduce the risk of damage to the shoes and/or the washing machine. Wash shoes only with liquid detergent up to thirty degrees and no spin. The centrifuge violently rotates the shoe through the drum, increasing the risk of wear and tear.

NB: Don’t use fabric softener, as it can affect the glue coating on the sole of the shoe!

Step 4: Drying

When finished washing, the drying process begins. Place the shoes out of direct sunlight to prevent discoloration. Do you want to speed up the drying process? Then you can buy a special shoe dryer, but throw it away never in the dryer. If you throw your shoes in the dryer, there’s a good chance they’ll shrink and you can throw them away. To keep it in shape, you can tuck a wad of (kitchen) paper inside the shoe. Make sure the lumps are not too big and all the bumps are smooth. Once the shoes are dry, there is no way to get rid of the bumps.

Step 5: Aftercare

As soon as your shoes are clean and tidy, it is important to take care of your shoes properly. Spray the shoes with impregnation spray. In this way they are protected from water and dirt. Your shoes are still not clean and stain free after being washed in the washing machine? Then you can always choose a new pair on sale!

Can you throw all the shoes in the washing machine?

No, unfortunately not all types of shoes can be washed in the washing machine. Certain fabrics are more fragile and porous than others and will not survive the washing machine. For example, do you want to clean your leather shoes? Then throw them no in the washing machine, but gently clean with a damp cloth or treat with a skin cream to cover the biggest blemishes. Luckily, you can throw fabrics like: canvas, plastic, and cotton into the machine.

Cleaning white shoes

Cleaning white shoes can be a chore. Luckily, you can also clean white shoes in the washing machine. For this you follow the same step by step plan as for any other shoe. Please note, of course, that you don’t throw white shoes made of leather and suede into the washing machine, but clean them by hand. Use a small amount of baking soda or white shoe cream for leather shoes. Then let it dry in a dry, not sunny place and voila!