Don’t be scared of cleaning your knit sneakers! This is a very straightforward and the safest method you could use. If they are a favorite pair of knit sneakers, get them spotless. With all that wearing, I suggest you keep reading and find out the safest method to clean your favorite knit sneakers.
First of all, you need to grab your supplies. Thus, you will need:
– a small bowl
– cool water
– mild soap, such as diluted liquid laundry detergent or dish soap
– two or more soft cloths (washcloths, microfiber cloths)
– a soft brush (an old toothbrush, a suede brush)
Step 1. Prepare the cleaner solution
You can begin by diluting the liquid detergent in a small bowl of cool water. The bowl doesn’t need to be completely full because you will need to dip your supplies in it. So make sure the bowl is half full.
2. Remove the laces
Now, for a proper cleaning, removing the laces is a good idea. Moreover, you need to fill the shoe with a balled up cloth. This way, you will absorb the excess liquid. You don’t want your shoe soaked, you just need it to be resistant to your cleaner for a proper cleaning on the exterior of the shoe.
3. Scrub it off
Now that you have laid the groundwork, start scrubbing the dirt off. Soak another soft cloth into the solution, wring it out and begin to clean the soiled area of the sneaker. Make sure to not put a lot of pressure because you will abrade the shoes. Instead, try a more gentle but firm approach.
4. Repeat & rinse
Depending on how dirty the shoes are, repeat the scrubbing as necessary. If you started the hard work, complete it until the sneakers are dirt-free. Then, you need to rinse the cloth in clean water and wipe the shoes to remove the sudsy residue.
5. Use a soft brush for stubborn stains
If the shoes are stained badly due to the soil, use a soft brush. Thus, you could choose an old toothbrush or a shoe brush for delicate materials. Work again with the previous detergent solution, being careful not to snag the yarn or work the brush too hard, which will cause pilling and fraying.
6. Let them air dry
When you have finished the cleaning, you don’t want to bring more pressure on your shoes. So, the best course of action would be to let them air dry, repeating the cleaning process a second time if the shoes still appear dingy.