Dirty trainers.....

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17/02/2013 at 15:14

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??

17/02/2013 at 15:28
Manufacturers don't recommend machine washing running shoes. If the dirt really offends you rinse under a runnung tap, scrub with a cloth /brush. My approach is to dry them out, run through more mud, and repeat
17/02/2013 at 16:36
Not recommended to use the washing machine but I quite often put mine through the wash. Just don't use a high temperature.
17/02/2013 at 17:49
I've previously used a bit of water and washing up liquid on mine. Scrubbed in the garden with an old vegetable scrubber! Works very well
17/02/2013 at 17:52

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.

17/02/2013 at 18:06

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.

17/02/2013 at 18:29
I've almost finished cleaning my very muddy XC spikes at the end of the season. Need to get them sparkly and new for track.

Washing up bowl, liquid and hot water combined with a bit of elbow grease does the trick...
17/02/2013 at 20:33

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.

17/02/2013 at 20:43

Put them in the machine, low temp, no detergent. Easier and more thorough than hand washing and no damage

17/02/2013 at 20:43

Mud is ankle deep round our way at the moment.

I haven't cleaned my shoes once.

18/02/2013 at 08:15

Dirty trainers are a badge of honour RfC 

18/02/2013 at 08:33

If having muddy, stinky trainers is your thing of course

18/02/2013 at 11:21

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

18/02/2013 at 12:18

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.


18/02/2013 at 12:31
Beth -- Surely it must be partly dependent on the temperature of the wash?
seren nos    pirate
18/02/2013 at 12:35

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..........


18/02/2013 at 14:55

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.

18/02/2013 at 15:02

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)

18/02/2013 at 15:02

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!

20/02/2013 at 21:24

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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