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    Yes and here’s how! 

    The task of keeping trainers clean and fresh is no small feat. Whether they’re your smelly running shoes or your child’s mucky pair, it’s important to know which products you should reach for when things get messy. The good news is that you can wash trainers and we have expert advice on how to do so effectively and safely. Here, we’ll cover everything from the ideal temperature to the process you should follow in order to prevent your trainers from getting damaged.  

    Can you wash trainers with clothes?

    It’s best to avoid washing trainers with clothes to make sure they are cleaned properly and avoid any mishaps. You’ll also need to avoid overloading your washing machine, as this can cause damage. 


    Can you put trainers in the washing machine?

    In short, yes. However, there are important things to consider. You might be tempted to throw your trainers in the washing machine, but just like clothes, they need to be washed with care. Before cleaning, check the material of your trainers to determine the best cleaning method. The label may even have instructions with washing symbols, so it’s best to check first. 


    What temperature is best to wash trainers in the washing machine?

    The ideal temperature will depend on the material of your trainers. For example, trainers made of delicate fabrics, like mesh or suede, will probably need washing with cold water to avoid damage, while trainers made of sturdier materials, like canvas or leather, can withstand higher temperatures. 


    The best way to wash trainers

    Just like washing clothes, there’s a process when it comes to washing trainers, which needs to be followed for best results. To clean your trainers by hand, follow these steps.  

    1. First, remove the laces and insoles from your trainers. This allows for a more thorough cleaning and prevents any tangling or damage during the washing process.  
    2. Next, prepare a solution of mild detergent and warm water. For tough stains, use the Vanish Oxi Action Powder. Mix 10g of powder with equal amounts of water and apply to the stained area.  
    3. Using a soft brush or cloth, gently scrub the trainers, paying extra attention to any stains or dirt buildup. Take care not to scrub too vigorously, as this can damage the fabric or material.  
    4. Once cleaned, rinse the trainers thoroughly with clean water to remove any excess detergent.  
    5. Finally, let your trainers air dry in a well-ventilated area. Avoid using direct heat sources, such as radiators or hair dryers, as this can cause shrinkage or damage to the materials.  


    *If in doubt, test on a small, inconspicuous area before full application. Always follow the instructions on the back of the packaging. 

    *Always check labels and follow product instructions. 


    Tips for keeping your trainers looking clean and fresh

    Now you know how to wash trainers properly, you’ll want to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Here are some tips you can follow to do so: 

    • Use a shoe protector spray to keep stains at bay. This will put an invisible protective barrier around your shoes. 
    • Store them properly in a shoe box or container. This is particularly important for black or brightly coloured trainers, which can be susceptible to sun damage. 
    • Treat stains regularly, following the steps above. It’s best to tackle stains as quickly as possible to prevent them from penetrating the fabric deeply.  
    • For white trainers, give Vanish Crystal White Powder a try. It works like a specialist shoe cleaner and can brighten whites and stop yellowing. 
    • Be mindful of the weather. If it’s a particularly gloomy rainy day, then opt for an older pair, so your favourite pair of trainers doesn’t get too dirty.  

    With these tips, you can keep your trainers looking fresh and extend their lifespan. So go ahead and give your trainers the care they deserve!