How to clean your sneakers according to shoe brand experts

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Cleaning your sneakers is an easy summer DIY project to postpone and yet one of the most valuable to address if you want to show an impressive shoe collection. Key items to have on hand to get the job done include a bristle scrub brush, a magic eraser, the right cleaning solution for the right fabric and finish, and a smaller brush for spot cleaning areas. Although you may have heard myths that toothpaste, vinegar and bleach are helpful products, they are actually acidic enough to affect the durability of your sneakersaccording to the experts we spoke to at shoe brands such as Kenneth Cole, Soludos, Gola, Superga, Cougarand Margaux.

Some people might say they’ve had success throwing their sneakers in the washing machine, but water can potentially damage the integrity of the cushioning in your shoes, so this method should be limited to minimal styles with thin, flexible mesh uppers – and even then you should choose a delicate, cold cycle. If you really want to clean your sneakers the right way, find a place outside where you have access to a hose, or set up your tool near the sink or on the floor above a spread of newspapers, and get to work .

Ahead, we break down the basics of cleaning all types of sneakers — white sneakerssuede sneakers, canvas sneakers, and more — and offers helpful tips to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place, along with links to all the items you need to stock up on at home.

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