What you need to know when cleaning mesh sneakers
The ultimate sports shoe material. Mesh is a very breathable fabric usually made of polyester or cotton recognizable by its net-like structure. Often combined with other materials, this lightweight material makes up a large part of sneakers and sports shoes. Mesh also forms the inner part of many models.
Being a porous material, stains can be absorbed into its lower membranes and be difficult to remove. This is why it is important to clean it quickly to avoid any indelible marks. Due to its structure, this material is sensitive to friction and can fray easily. For this reason, the hard brush should only be used for the most stubborn stains.
Note that white mesh tends to become greyish or yellow over time. However, there is a solution presented below.
How to clean mesh sneakers in 6 easy steps
2. DUST OFF
3. CLEAN THE LACES
4. CLEAN THE SOLE
5. CLEAN THE LEATHER
1. Prepare the elements of the kit as well as a bowl of lukewarm water and a towel if necessary. Shake the cleanser.
In addition to Bascket products and a bowl of lukewarm water, it is recommended to use a towel to protect the surface on which you are going to clean the shoes. Shake the bottle to mix the cleanser.
2. Dry brush the shoes.
Remove excess dirt by brushing the shoe with the soft brush.
If your sneakers are covered in mud, remove as much as possible. This will prevent mud residues from being moistened and complicate the cleaning process.
3. Remove the laces and wet them with water. Massage them between your hands with a mix of water and cleaning solution.
This step is not mandatory but it is highly recommended to remove the laces to clean them thoroughly and have access to the dirt that settles behind them on the tongue.
If they are lightly soiled, spray a generous amount of solution directly on the laces. Then, rub them as if you were washing your hands. Rinse, wring and dry the laces.
If they need more attention, unscrew the spray of the bottle and pour a small amount of solution on the laces. Rub them for a few seconds between your hands until the foam appears. Soak them for 10 minutes in hot water. Rub them with the cleaning solution and soak them again for a few minutes. Repeat the operation if necessary. Then, rinse, wring and dry the laces.
4. Spray the solution on the sole and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the hard brush into the bowl of water and scrub without pressing. Then, wipe.
Spray the solution from a distance of 5 cm on the sole and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the brush in the bowl of water and rub the sole in a straight motion. Do not press the movement, let the bristles of the brush do the work. Wipe with the microfiber or the towel.
If any stains remain, spray more solution and let it work longer. Scrub again with hot water. If necessary, wrap the microfiber cloth around your index finger, moisten it and apply a small amount of solution. Then, rub vigorously.
5. Spray the solution on the mesh and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the soft brush into the bowl of water and scrub without pressing. Then, wipe.
If the water in the bowl is dirty, change it.
Spray the solution on the mesh from a distance of 5 cm and let it work for a few seconds. Dip the soft brush into the bowl of water and brush the upper in a circular motion. Do not press the movement, let the bristles of the brush do the work. Wipe with the microfiber or the towel.
If any stains remain, spray more solution and let it work longer. Brush again. If necessary, gently use the stiff brush. Be careful not to damage the mesh. Or wrap the microfiber around your index finger, moisten it and apply a small amount of solution. Then, rub vigorously.
Cleaning tips for mesh sneakers
If needed, use water and product accordingly
Stains can settle deep into the fibers of the mesh. If this is the case, it will be necessary to use a larger quantity of water and product than for other less porous materials such as leather.
Use hot water for stubborn stains
Hot water tends to remove stubborn stains from fibers more easily than cold water. Additionally, hot water has the ability to disinfect and deodorize the material. Watch out for certain types of stains that hot water can set.
Use the soft brush and the microfiber cloth
For stubborn stains, use the microfiber or the hard brush in straight motion and in one direction only. Do this gently to avoid damaging the mesh structure.
Rinse the mesh with cold water. Make sure to remove as much cleaning solution as possible. If necessary, brush the mesh with clean water. This important step will allow the material to dry properly.
6. Wipe clean with the microfiber or a towel. Leave to air dry.
Wipe clean. Place a cloth in the shoes, this will allow them to keep their shape while drying. Leave it to air dry. Avoid the dryer or heat sources like radiators. Relace the shoes once they are dry.
Cleaning tips for mesh sneakers
Place a cloth inside the shoes while they dry
This will keep the initial shape of the shoes, while facilitating the drying process.
Wiping as much water as possible from the material will avoid any risk of water stains or discoloration after drying.
Whiten a greyish mesh
To be applied on white only. Apart from the discolorations it may suffer, white mesh will inevitably become duller over time. To whiten a greyish mesh, mix a dose of baking soda or white vinegar with hot water (⅓ vinegar or baking soda for ⅔ of water). Soak the material well with the mixture and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Then, wipe.
Restore a frayed mesh
If you had no other choice but to use the hard brush to remove inset stains, the mesh may have frayed slightly. When the material is dry, you can restore its initial texture by removing the destructured fibers using clippers, or if you are patient… scissors.
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