Dos and don’ts of washing Brooks shoes
5-step guide to washing Brooks shoes
Prepare: Remove the insoles and laces from your sneakers. You can clean them separately using the same method as the shoes, but don’t forget to rinse them thoroughly as well.
Brush off dirt: Use a soft brush or an old toothbrush to gently remove dirt and debris from the surface of the shoes, paying particular attention to the soles and crevices.
Clean with a mild solution: Mix a small amount of mild detergent with warm water. Dip a sponge or soft cloth into the solution and gently scrub the sneakers, focusing on the dirty areas. Be careful not to soak the shoes completely.
Rinse: Rinse your sneakers thoroughly with cold water to remove any soap residue. Make sure all detergent is removed, as leaving it on the shoes may cause damage over time.
Air dry: Stuff the sneakers with paper or a towel to help maintain their shape while drying. Place them in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat sources, and allow them to air dry completely before wearing them again.
FAQs cleaning Brooks shoes
Can I put my Brooks sneakers in the washing machine or dishwasher for cleaning?
No, it is not recommended to clean your Brooks sneakers in a washing machine or dishwasher, as this can cause damage to the materials and construction of the shoes. Instead, follow the 5-step guide provided for proper cleaning.
How can I dry my Brooks sneakers after cleaning them?
The best way to dry your Brooks sneakers is to air dry them at room temperature, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Stuff the shoes with paper or a towel to maintain their shape while drying. Avoid using a dryer, heater, or direct sunlight, as these can cause the materials to shrink, warp, or become brittle.
How often should I clean my Brooks sneakers?
Clean your Brooks sneakers only when necessary, and avoid getting them excessively dirty during use. Excessive cleaning may shorten the lifespan of the shoes. It’s important to clean them properly following the 5-step guide when they do become dirty or to maintain their appearance and performance.