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Cleaning your sneakers is an easy summer DIY project to put off, and it’s one worth taking on if you want to show off an impressive shoe collection. Key essentials to have on hand to get the job done include a scrub brush with bristles, a magic eraser, the right cleaning solution for the right fabric and finish, and a small brush for spot-cleaning areas. You may have heard the myth that toothpaste, vinegar and bleach are good products, but they’re acidic enough to affect the durability of your shoes, according to experts we spoke to at shoe brands like Kenneth Cole, Soludos, Gola, Superga. , Puma, and Margaux.
Some people might say they’ve been lucky enough to throw their sneakers in the washing machine, but water can potentially damage the integrity of your shoe’s cushioning, so this approach should be limited to minimal styles with thin, flexible uppers made of mesh — and even then, if you have a delicate, Should opt for cold cycle. If you really want to clean your sneakers the right way, find a spot outside where you have access to a hose or set up your tools near the sink or on a spread of newspaper on the floor and get to work.
Ahead, we’re breaking down all types of sneakers — white sneakers, suede sneakers, canvas sneakers, and more — along with links to all the items, along with helpful tips to keep them from getting dirty in the first place. You will need stock at home.