Can u wash sneakers in a washing machine?

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Can u wash sneakers in a washing machine??

I have no clue how to wash shoes. Staying by myself is sooo damn hard... :mad: Is it ok if i just dump them in a washing machine.. some people say i should but others say its a really dumb idea.
 
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NO!

You'll damage them! Go to Click's or something and buy those shoe cleaning material thingies. Also, sneakers (takkies!) come with a care guide (if you buy some proper ones.) Follow it and you shall be happy...! :wink:

I use a toothbrush to get the dirt of my takkies - put some wahing powder in a bowl with water, dip the toothbrush and rub of dirt. It works quite well and my shoes are clean. Though, it does take damn long.
 
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Sneakers are supposed to be dirty.

Njorl
 
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True. My new sneakers dont stay clean for longer than a period of a week, and they turn yellow and brown after my outdoor cross-country runs. I think its gotten to a point where it cant be scrubbed off, the stains are too deeply rooted.
 
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yeah my takkies are those puma mostro mesh's and i dont really know how to get the dirt of the mesh part. I'll try the toothbrush thing and I that doesnt work U WILL PAY FOR MAKING ME MESS THEM UP!!! Ahemmm... no really, I'll try it out.
 
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Don't dry them in a microwave oven.
See book "Cuckoo's Egg" by Clifford Stoll for more details.
 
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jimmy p
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The only thing holding one of my pair of trainers together is the dirt.
 
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I use a scrub brush and a paste I make with Tide detergent, rinse to remove soap and air dry outside.
 
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Buy shoe cleansers. Don't put your sneakers in you washing machine!! (Life skills). lol
 
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n3ameer
were you able to clean the oum sing on the side of you shoes. mine is white and if i use a damp cloth it turns cream or darker like grey. any advice?
 
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I've put mine in the washing machine several times - it works a treat.

Go for it mooberrymarz!
 
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Are you guys talking about leather shoes?

I have two pairs of running shoes, both over 8 years old and I have washed them many times.
 
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Pengwuino
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rofl, this thread was almost exactly a year old. You can clean shoes in hte washing machine as long as they dont have any leather or else it'll ruin them.
 
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FredGarvin
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Holy crap. It is a year old.
 
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I was mine in the machine, and then air dry them. Even the ones with leather trim seem to come out ok.
 
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Maybe it is good to include some old towels in the wash, so that they are cushioned somewhat while tumbling. I don't even own sneakers, but I guess that would work.
 
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wow, Ive never known anyone who didn't own sneakers. They are the most comfortable shoes in the world!
 
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Just hose your sneakers off and wait for them to dry(that's what I do)
 
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Adrian Baker said:
I've put mine in the washing machine several times - it works a treat.

Go for it mooberrymarz!
Yeah, they whites parts turn much whiter and especially the shoelaces get cleaner. I've put mine in many times.
 
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hypatia said:
wow, Ive never known anyone who didn't own sneakers. They are the most comfortable shoes in the world!
Nah, I never find them very comfortable. I have regular shoes that are much more comfortable and don't make my feet sweat like sneakers do. But, I do wear the sneakers for lawn mowing. When I was a kid, mom always tossed our sneakers in the washer and dryer (and they always made loud clunking in the dryer no matter what they were in there with).
 
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The only shoes I've ever owned are tennis or running shoes, dress shoes, and sandals. I've never even tried any other kinds.
 
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hypatia said:
wow, Ive never known anyone who didn't own sneakers. They are the most comfortable shoes in the world!
Not exactly my style, my favorite shoes are some suede boots with heals :smile: they'd look like this http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:tzA8f0eumIoJ:http://www.duoofbath.com/images/policies_main.jpg [Broken] (they walk like heaven). I should get some sneakers so that I can start take up running or some other sport..
 
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Hey, I've got a question: how do you get stains out of suede shoes? I made the mistake to wear the boots to a club, and now there are beer stains on it.. I have been afraid to even attempt cleaning it with a towel and water. Maybe I should stop by the shoe-maker and ask if there are special products..
 
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Those are nice boots! I wear dress shoes everyday, but the second I get home off they come. The sneakers go on and then I take my dog for a walk. She{the dog} knows what the shoes mean, and she gets all excited, and runs for her lead.
 

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