It’s a pleasant feeling when unboxing a new pair of sneakers. That fresh smell and new shoe touch are so promising. But once you wear brand new kicks on the street, stains and grime tend to worsen the impression and destroy the dreams.
So how do you keep your white Adidas kicks in their best condition?
Check out a step-by-step guide to learn a few specific tips and tricks to clean leather, canvas, or suede shoes, and how to clean sports footwear in the washing machine.
General Adidas Sneakers Cleaning Instructions
- General Adidas Sneakers Cleaning Instructions
- Basic Trick: How To Clean Suede Adidas Originals
- Quick Tips: How To Clean White Cleats To Extend Their Life
If you’ve got leather Adidas sneakers like Superstars, follow the steps below to clean stains and keep sneakers looking fresh.
Step 1. Grime Removal
Remove excess grime by tapping the shoe soles together and use a shoe brush or an old toothbrush to scrub harshly remaining loose dirt.
Step 2. Rub-Off
Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off stains with a dish soap mixed with warm water. Typically laundry detergent causes yellow discoloration of white-colored shoes. Avoid using harsh bleaching solutions.
For extra whitening effect, you might add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the solution.
Step 3. Wash With Soapy Water
Dip the cloth in water and remove excess soap thoroughly. The dried chemicals on the white material might leave yellow stains when exposed to sunlight.
Step 4. Use Magic Eraser
If necessary, use a magic eraser to clean white outsoles. Mind to avoid areas on the edge of midsoles, a magic eraser might damage the delicate material.
Step 5. Apply Leather Conditioner
Apply a small amount of leather conditioner and air dry your leather shoes at room temperature.
Step 6. Freshen Laces & Insoles
Wash shoelaces and insoles in a laundry bag or an old pillowcase in a washing machine. Set a cold water/delicate cycle with mild, eco-friendly laundry detergent.
Basic Trick: How To Clean Suede Adidas Originals
Many Adidas Originals are made of the most stylish shoe materials suede. But unfortunately, suede is tough to keep neat and tidy because it is delicate and requires only gentle dry cleaning.
Suede attracts dust, absorbs water and quickly soaks in drops, spills and other dirt.
Important warning: Do NOT use liquid solutions to clean suede. Water alters suede sneakers appearance leaving lines and stains.
Check our Step By Step Guide on Cleaning Suede.
Quick Tips: How To Clean White Cleats To Extend Their Life
DO clean cleats as soon as the game ends. Dirt and grime can damage the integrity of the uppers or soles. Tap the cleats soles together and use a toothpick or putty knife to remove excess mud, grass, or stones.
DO NOT use bleach, laundry detergent, rubbing alcohol, or any fabric softeners. These chemicals crack the soles and leave greasy debris.
DO NOT put your cleats into a washing machine, it causes damage to the upper material.
DO stuff the cleats with paper towels, cotton cloths, or old newspapers to absorb moisture and retain the shape.
DO NOT use hairdryers, dryer machine, or place cleats next to a radiator/vent. High heat distorts sole rubber.
DO allow cleats to completely air dry indoors at room temperature before putting them in a breathable shoe bag. If you have white sneakers like the Stan Smith’s, keep them in their original box away from direct sunlight because it can cause white soles to turn yellow.
DO NOT store cleats wet. Moisture causes a terrible odor and endangers the integrity of the cleats material.
DO NOT damage your cleats by wearing as everyday shoes. Hard surfaces like sidewalks, concrete, and pavement, quickly destroy cleats.