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How to clean four types of sneakers
Canvas can go through the wash on a delicate cycle with cold water and mild detergent. Ideally, you should spot-clean with a toothbrush and a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Let the shoes air-dry, and wipe away any hardened soda with a damp cloth.
Nylon mesh ventilates running shoes but also catches dust and dirt. Remove dirt with a brush, then mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda and let some sit on the dirtiest spots for 15 minutes. Scrub the shoe, wipe it clean, and let it air-dry. Avoid the washing machine—the water harms the foam—and never use the dryer.
Synthetic leather can be wiped with warm water and mild laundry detergent. Scrub with a brush, wipe with a damp rag, and air-dry.
Knit shoes are so delicate that even brushing can be too rough. Instead, rub bath soap on a soft dampened cloth and clean gently.