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This article covers the general care of sneaker, as well as for instructions on how to clean a pair of kicks in the washing machine, but there are certainly special topics to cover. 

This article covers be covering knit shoes ranging from Nike Flyknit to Adidas Primeknit to Puma EvoKnit and all the other knit uppers that can be found in the market. 

The ideal way to clean a knit sneaker 

A warning before going into details on how to clean your knit sneaker: the instructions do not reflect the level of patience often required in this type of operation. It's not to scare you! Because it's really very simple. But often, time and repeated applications are needed, and you should know it. Cleaning a pair of net sneakers is a good job, for example, watching baseball with all the time out or listening to your favorite podcast. Can I suggest the one you like?

The tools needed are:

  • a small bowl
  • Coldwater
  • Mild soap (diluted liquid detergent or dishwasher soap or tennis cleaners, such as Jason Markk Shoe Cleaner or Crep Protect Care Product.
  • Two or more soft cloths, such as microfiber cloths or rags
  • a soft brush, such as an old toothbrush or a suede brush

The process:

  1. Begin by diluting a small amount of detergent, about a teaspoon, in a small bowl of cold water. Fill the bowl halfway to allow enough space to immerse the cleaning tools into the solution.
  2. Remove the laces and fill the shoe with a rolled cloth that will absorb excess fluid and provide resistance when working outside the shoe.
  3. Dip a second soft cloth in the detergent solution, drain well and start scrubbing the dirty area of ​​the shoe. Apply firm but gentle pressure, being careful not to pinch the yarn.
  4. Repeat as many times as necessary until the shoes are clean, then rinse the cloth in clean water and clean the shoes several times to remove foam debris.
  5. If the shoes are very dirty, use a soft brush, such as an old toothbrush or a shoe brush designed for delicate materials such as suede or patent leather, to add the detergent solution on the shoe, ensuring do not pinch the yarn or work the brush too hard, which will cause pilling and wear.
  6.  Dry the shoes with a dry cloth and let them air dry, repeat the cleaning process a second time if the shoes still look dirty.

Washing a knit sneaker with machine 

Listen, I prefer that you do not wash the machine. The problem with machine-woven shoes is that if something catches one of the threads, the shoe can be destroyed. And of course, we do not want that!

However, if machine wash is the option for one or two reasons best-known t you, here are things that you need to understand: 

  • Don’t wash with any other thing to protect the yarn from getting caught with something. 
  • Make use of cold water and add a little amount of laundry detergent 
  • Do not use bleach and stain removing pretreatments 
  • Air dry after washing and if needed, use balled-up towels to stuff the damp shoes 


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