Tips for Washing Shoes at the Laundromat

No matter how cautious you are, those bright white Converse are bound to get a little dirty, but that doesn’t mean you should banish them to the back of the closet! Even your dirtiest shoes may have a little more life left in them with the help of Liquid Laundromats.


Washing your shoes at the laundromat is safe and easy when you know what you’re doing. Here is our step-by-step guide to machine washing your shoes.


What Shoes Can You Put in the Washing Machine?

It’s best to avoid machine washing anything made from animal-based materials or delicate fabrics. The water and agitation from the washer can easily damage these materials.

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However, many common shoe textiles such as nylon, cotton, polyester, and the like can withstand a machine wash. All it takes is a quick trip down to your local laundromat! Washing shoes at the laundromat is a little trickier than clothing, but with the help of our step-by-step guide, you’ll be rocking fresh kicks in no time.


Step-by-Step Guide to Machine-Washing Shoes


Remember to Read the label

Before you do anything, read the label! The care label will suggest the best way to wash your shoes based on the fabric type. Following these instructions will prevent any washing disasters.


Prepare Your Shoes Beforehand

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, and failure is not an option when it comes to your favourite shoes. To prepare your shows for the laundromat, remove the laces and scrub any loose dirt off – a toothbrush is great for getting into those hard-to-reach areas.


Protect Your Shoes

Popping your shoes and laces in a mesh laundry bag will prevent them from snagging on anything inside the machine. If you don’t have a laundry bag, a pillowcase will do.


If you’ve ever tried washing shoes before, you’ll know it can get a little noisy. Adding a few towels to the machine along with your shoes will stop them from banging against the drum, preventing any potential damage to the shoes and your eardrums!


Use Optimal Machine Settings

Be wary of warm washes when it comes to footwear. The heat can cause colours to run and fade and damage the coating on your shoes. Ideally, you should wash your shoes in cold water with a quality colour detergent.


Always Air Dry

Steer clear of tumble dryers when drying your shoes. The high heat can cause the glue to melt and leave your shoes in pieces. Instead, air-dry shoes in a warm place with some scrunched-up newspaper inside. The newspaper helps absorb the excess moisture and ensures the shoe retains its shape while drying.


A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Favourite Pair

Whether we’re racing from the coffee shop to the conference room or just trying to keep up with the kids, our shoes certainly get put through their paces. Whatever state your favourite footwear is in, you can give them a second life by washing your shoes at Liquid Laundromats. Head to St Mary’s Laundromat or one of our other locations today and discover the difference a wash can make.