Apologies for the domestic nature of this... BUT
I've just been out for a fab 10K through the Dorset lanes - sadly my new Asics trainers are now caked in mud. Its all over the tops of both, in the netting stuff.
Can I stick 'em in the washing machine....?! Or will this shrink them to within an inch of their lives??
it's never done mine any harm. I usually soak them in a bucket of water first to get some of the worst of it off. I don't do it very often, though, and not usually to brand new expensive shoes.
Putting shoes in the machine ruins them.
Can be cleaned well enough with a scrubbing brush under a running tap. Squeeze them out and after three or four changes of newspaper they're ready to go again. If you remember to change the newspaper regularly they can be dry in 24 hours at room temperature.
I always clean my shoes the very first thing I do when I come in. The longer you leave it the less you feel like doing it. Also the quicker you do the job the less likely the shoes will honk.
I never put my running shoes in the washing machine but do put my boys' football trainers in occasionally. If you do a cool wash and put them in a pillow case first the damage is suppoed to be minimal. Never done any damage yet though.
Put them in the machine, low temp, no detergent. Easier and more thorough than hand washing and no damage
Mud is ankle deep round our way at the moment.
I haven't cleaned my shoes once.
Dirty trainers are a badge of honour RfC
If having muddy, stinky trainers is your thing of course
Dirty trainers are hardcore mine have been caked in mud and submerged in heavy floods etc I never clean them and just leave them propped up to dry out
Never put them in a washing machine, it destroys all the padding you bought them for in the first place
I used to work for a sportswear company and they always said 'never put trainers in the washing machine' - apparently this is because it dissolves the glue that holds the shoes together and totally ruins them. We used to get loads of shoes returned to us that were falling apart because they'd been machine washed.
and the detergent that no doubt some people would also put in taxi driver......
why pay a fortune for trainers that they all say do not put in the machine to then ignore it and put them in the machine........they have so many different materials in them now.....why risk the quality of the protection and cushioning just so that they can look cleaner..........
Having looked at 3 of my pairs of trainers there isn't any washing info on them at all so if they really aren't supposed to be put in a washing machine then maybe they should put it somewhere on the trainers or box.
bucket and sponge/soft brush does the trick!!
mind you i always just leave mine until the next week then just bang off the dirt (job done)
Surely a very cool wash isn't going to be any hotter than the shoes get while running in hot weather anyway (30 degrees ish), and getting wet isn't a problem in itself (as they're meant to), I can see high spin speeds might be a problem.
I washed my trail shoes in the washing machine recently and they seem fine, but I won't risk my road shoes as they're just too beautiful!
Thanks guys, I used a brush and a running tap - they're no longer white, but now you can tell they once were white!! Dont think my spin class at the gym would like me too much if I dropped a trail of mud from the door to the bike and back again... Frustatingly I'd caked my indoor AND ourdoor trainers in mud..
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