Your trainers are more delicate than you think. By Janice Sim
Indeed, our running shoes are always exposed to harsh conditions whether from intense activity, terrain environment, or merely just the lack of TLC. Very often, we take for granted the importance of a pair of running shoes, that serves us well at every workout we do. While we can’t tread with care like how we do in our heels or patent oxfords, the least we can do is to wash them the right way without damage. These steps may seem extensive but definitely necessary…
1. Remove surface dirt such as mud or grit
First things first, use an old toothbrush to get rid of visible grime and dirt, with warm water and gentle soap.
2. Remove insoles and wash them separately
Handwashing your insoles separately makes the whole cycle more thorough and gentle. You can avoid the risk of your insoles going out of shape.
3. Cleanse them
Rid your shoes of any smell first before washing them. You can either use fabric fresheners or leave your shoes overnight filled with baking soda, that can absorb the odour.
4. Handwash laces
Laces should also be removed or replaced if necessary. You can easily give them a scrub with soap and air dry them.
You can now place your shoes (with laces and insoles removed) into a bucket of warm water, mixed with laundry soap. Let them soak overnight and then rinse off in cold water.
6. Air them out
Don’t take the easy way out by blow-drying your sneakers with your hairdryer as direct heat will ruin the shape of your shoes. Simply air them out naturally till they are completely dry.