Athletic shoes undergo a lot of wear and tear, but regular cleanings can help them last longer. Most are constructed from many different materials, so use an all-purpose shoe cleaner or one that is recommended by the manufacturer. If you don’t have any on hand, mix up a solution of a mild detergent, like Ivory Snow, and warm water.
- Use an old toothbrush or towel to rub off dried dirt or other debris on the shoes.
- Using an old toothbrush, scrub the shoes with the cleaner or soap solution in small circular motions.
- For leather areas, follow directions for smooth leather shoes.
- When shoes are clean and dry, cover with a light coat of a waterproofing spray.