The 7 Secrets To Keeping Your Trainers Boxfresh

Sneaker heads, don’t be afraid to wear your top pumps. Keep them forever immaculate with this trainer obsessive’s guide...
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Sneaker heads, don’t be afraid to wear your top pumps. Keep them forever immaculate with this trainer obsessive’s guide...

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1. Do Not Machine Wash
The first rule of trainer cleaning, and the rule you should heed above all others, is do not put trainers in the washing machine. For the avoidance of doubt I'll repeat that. DO NOT put trainers in the washing machine. It WILL ruin them. I've heard talk of putting trainers inside pillow cases to protect them first. I've never tried this and I never will. It's not worth it. Besides which, with only some basic equipment and a bit of elbow grease, getting your trainers looking good as new is pretty easy.

2. Suede Scuffing
Let's start with suede. For only slight scuffing, a toothbrush - or rubber suede brush if you have one - when the stain is dry will usually dislodge the offending detritus.

3. Stubborn Stains on Suede
For more stubborn suede stains, you'll need to wet the toothbrush  and apply some kind of stain remover. I've actually found that washing powder works well. Just a small pinch in a bowl full of warm water. Give the stains a good rub with the solution. Pat dry with kitchen towel and then leave to dry. Don't be tempted to put in an airing cupboard or anything. Just let them dry naturally.

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