Your tennis shoes are special to you. You want to look good while you play, and you won’t be able to play at your best when your tennis shoes are completely soiled and ugly.
The shoes are made to keep your feet comfortable and agile, but they’re also very effective at absorbing sweat.
Nobody wants to play with a smelly pair of shoes. When you clean the shoes regularly, you’re actually prolonging the lifespan. Although some people only play tennis in a clean indoor gym, most prefer to play in an outdoor court.
Fortunately, the cleaning process is quite simple, and it’s recommended for shoes that you can’t or don’t want to wash in a washing machine.
How to Clean Your Tennis Shoes
You can get started by removing any clumps of dirt or mud. You can use a stiff brush to accomplish this goal. Next, make sure to remove any pebbles that are stuck in the tread on the bottom of the shoes. You can use tweezers or a flat blade knife to get the job done.
The next step involves removing the laces. It’s much easier to get unlaced shoes to dry, and in many cases, it can take a long time for the laces to completely dry.
Once the laces have been removed, take the insoles out of the shoes if they have any. The next step consists of filling your sink with tepid water, and the sink must be large enough to fit the shoes.
Pour a few small caps worth of dish detergent into the water and give the cleaning solution a good mix. Next, immerse the shoes it the cleaning solution and make sure that they’re completely immersed.
Let the shoes soak for about 60 minutes. After the soak, grab a brush with soft bristles and scrub the shoes. You don’t need to scrub the inside of each shoe because the detergent will handle it.
When you’re done, drain all of the soapy water and refill the sink with fresh, clear water. Submerge the shoes in the fresh water and rinse them thoroughly, so you can remove any leftover detergent.
If possible, it’s best to let your tennis shoes dry naturally in the sun.
The Washing Machine Method
Not all shoes can be washed in a washing machine, and a lot of people avoid it because it can beat the shape out of the shoes and cause excessive premature wear. Washing your shoes in the washer is pretty straightforward.
You’ll want to remove the laces and toss a few towels into the washer with the shoes. To disinfect the shoes and eliminate odors, add one cup of white vinegar to the wash. When washing canvas or colored shoes, make sure to wash them in cold water, which prevents fading.
After the washer is finished working its magic, you can place the shoes outside and let them air dry in the sun.
Cleaning White Tennis Shoes
If you’re like many tennis players, then there is a good chance that your shoes are white. If this is the case, then you’ll need to be extra careful washing them. Although white is a very stylish color, it also gets dirty really easily.
The good news is that you don’t have to use bleach to properly clean your white shoes. First, you want to use a brush to remove loose dirt. Next, grab a rag and dip it inside of vinegar and use it to remove any visible scuff marks.
Next, wash the shoes using soap and warm water. It’s quite common for shoes to end up with oil stains. For these types of stains, you can use some shampoo to lift the oil.
To create a natural bleaching solution, combine one gallon of warm water with ½ cup of lemon juice. You can soak your shoes in the lemon water for one hour.
These are some of the most effective ways to get your tennis shoes clean, and they’re useful for white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and neon shoes.