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How to Wash Shoes Safely in the Washing Machine: 5 Steps

Learn how to safely wash your shoes in the washing machine. | SHW Blog

Washers and dryers endure many, many cycles over their lifetime. They handle cleaning everything from your bath towels and sweaters to socks — and even shoes!

It’s important to keep an eye on these appliances, especially for families who would struggle with piling laundry if the washer and dryer experienced a breakdown. Select Home Warranty offers protection for these appliances so that if you do ever run into a mechanical issue, you can simply place a claim and we’ll coordinate the right technician to handle repairs or replacements.

Many people ask: What is the best way to clean shoes? You’re not likely cleaning your shoes every day, and it’s important to treat your shoes carefully to clean them when they need it.

Give us a call today to learn about home warranty protection for your washing machine: 860-288-4791

Is it safe to wash shoes in the washing machine?

Most shoes include a tag with washing instructions. If your shoes are made of a material such as leather or rubber, they are best spot cleaned with unique cleaning products and not suitable in the washer. Shoes that are made with cotton and polyester are safe to wash in the washing machine.

If your nice leather boots have gotten very muddy, it is not recommended to put them in the washer, unfortunately. Sneakers, flats and cloth penny loafers are examples of shoes better fit for the washing machine.

5 steps to wash shoes in the washer

Give yourself plenty of time to wash your shoes. Don’t consider washing them more than a few days before you plan to wear them so that they can dry in time. Follow these steps to wear them good as new to your next gathering.

1. Remove the parts of your shoe that are likely to come out and could become stuck in crevices of the washer, including the laces and insole if it is removable. Your laces are best washed by hand by soaking them in hot water with liquid detergent and gently scrubbed.

2. Do a quick manual clean of your shoes by brushing away dirt from the bottom of the sole and gently using a cloth with warm water to wipe marks on the outsides.

3. Place your shoes in a washer-safe garment bag and add a few white or older towels to the cycle. This will help keep your shoes from making too much noise while in the washer and white towels will prevent color from bleeding onto your shoes.

4. Set the washer to delicate with cold water and use liquid detergent to easily dissolve into your shoes. This will prevent your shoes from being shaken around too much and will prevent the material from shrinking.

5. Give your shoes a few days to dry in the sunlight before wearing again. Keep an eye on them to ensure they do not warp as they dry and consider stuffing them with a towel on the inside to help keep the form.

Can putting shoes in the dryer break it?

We do not recommend drying your shoes in the dryer. Your shoes are likely to bang around more in the dryer than in the washer and could cause damage to the dryer.

Drying your shoes in the dryer is also likely to warp the form of your shoes and could melt parts of the shoe, such as the glue between your sole and shoe bottom. Instead, air dry your shoes and place them in sunlight for a few days as the safest method to dry them.

Washer and Dryer Home Warranties

Here at Select Home Warranty, we offer coverage on mechanical damage to your washer and dryer, including all modules, components and parts of the clothes washer and clothes dryer necessary to their functionality.

In the case of a dryer that won’t spin or your washer won’t turn on, you could easily place a claim online or over the phone and we’ll help coordinate the right technician for the job. You would owe a modest day-of service fee, and we would cover any repair or replacement costs according to your terms.


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