The sneaker cleaning guide

How to clean knit sneakers

The special thing about sneakers is that they are rarely made of one single material.
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What you need to know when cleaning knit sneakers

Knit is a durable material with a knitted appearance. Light and breathable like mesh, it has the particularity of being very elastic which allows it to take the shape of the foot and provide more comfort than other materials. The vast majority of sneakers are made from several different parts and materials. Their manufacturing process creates a significant amount of waste: each time a material is cut, a whole part is often wasted. With its innovative low-waste manufacturing, this material allows sneakers to be more environmentally friendly and recyclable.

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 very 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 knit tends to become greyish or yellow over time. However, there is a solution presented below.

How to clean knit sneakers in 6 easy steps

1. PREPARE
2. DUST OFF
3. CLEAN THE LACES
4. CLEAN THE SOLE
5. CLEAN THE LEATHER
6. DRY

Prepare

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.

Dust off

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.

Clean the laces

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 work, 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.

Clean the sole

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.

Clean the knit

5. Spray the solution on the knit 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 knit 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 knit. Or wrap the microfiber around your index finger, moisten it and apply a small amount of solution. Then, rub vigorously.

Cleaning tips for knit sneakers

If needed, use water and product accordingly

Stains can settle deep into the fibers of the knit. 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 knit structure.

Rinse thoroughly

Rinse the knit with cold water. Make sure to remove as much cleaning solution as possible. If necessary, brush the knit with clean water. This important step will allow the material to dry properly.

Dry

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 knit sneakers

Place a cloth inside the shoes while they dry

This will keep the initial shape of the shoes, while facilitating the drying process.

Dry properly

Wiping as much water as possible from the material will avoid any risk of water stains or discoloration after drying.

Whiten a greyish knit

To be applied on white only. Apart from the discolorations it may suffer, white knit will inevitably become duller over time. To whiten a greyish knit, 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 knit

If you had no other choice but to use the hard brush to remove inset stains, the knit 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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