How To Clean Your Running Shoes | Make Your Run Shoes Last Longer

(energetic, bouncy music) (moves to melancholy orchestral music) – Shoes are shoes, right? Well, not quite.

When it comes to running shoes, we need to take a littlemore care if you want them to last longer, and toget the most out of them.

So here is a little guide on how to maintain your running shoes.

(lighthearted music) So, what should you do about the mud? Well, if you're running off-roador in the mud regularly, then you may want toinvest in an extra pair of running shoes, or some that are suitedto off-road running.

Now off-road running shoes do then to be a little more hard wearing.

They have better grip, so youwon't be quite so precious about them getting muddy.

Personally, I wouldn't worry about getting the little specksof mud off the shoes.

That's just part and parcel of running, but for those big chunks of mud, you may be tempted to throwthem in the washing machine, just don't do it.

The heat involved, alongwith the repeated spinning, can distort the soles, affect the cushioning, and reduce the life span of the trainer.

Simply put, the trainer youput in the washing machine, certainly won't be thetrainer that you pull out.

Instead, wash the modestway straight after the run, you should spray them downwith a hose, or under the tap.

To remove the finalsurface dirt, you can use an old tooth brush, or an old nail brush.

Now, be careful not to be too vigorous, just enough to remove thedirt, and then if you need to, you can use a little bit of warm water, and a tiny bit of soap to help.

There's no avoidinggetting your trainers wet from time to time, especiallyif you just clean them, but how you dry them is really important.

So there's a few thingsthat you should avoid doing, whacking them in the tumbledryer, that's a big no.

As soon as it's in the washing machine, the heat involved canreally distort the trainers, especially the soles.

The heat can really expand the soles.

Then there's the radiator.

I'll be honest, I thought about this.

It can seem so convenientjust chuck the trainers on the top of a scorching radiator, but be careful it's not too hot, because it will damage the trainers.

It can really effect the upper material if it dries out and then it crisps up.

I've had it tear when I'venext used the trainers.

So here's what I would suggest.

Firstly, you want to try anddry your shoes out naturally.

I understand that's easier said than done, especially if you're inthe middle of the winter when nothing seems to dry out.

So, here's what I doto give a helping hand.

You'll need some newspaper, or something similar, like this, if it's gonnasoak up any moisture.

Now most shoes will allowyou to take the insole out, and providing there's nothingspecial about the insoles, I've never had an issue ofdrying these in the radiator.

Alternatively, you canwrap these in newspaper, and actually by taking themout and drying the fully, it will help keep your trainers smelling a little more fresh.

Then using the remaining paper, your scrunch up into balls, and stuff them inside your trainers.

You can leave them in thesunlight to dry in a warm place, or under the radiator.

Now it can be very temptingto just kick your shoes off at the end of a runwithout untying the laces.

– [Woman] Mark Therelfall, untie your laces.

– Sorry mam.

But without untying thelaces, you're actually risking weakening the heal and the heal collar.

Now, essentially the healcollar holds your foot in the shoe, and stopsit from slipping out.

I've actually learnedthe hard way on this, and trust me, it gets reallyannoying when your foot does actually startslipping out of the shoe, and it actually left mewith a rather juicy blister on one of my heals.

Needless to say, I endedup having to buy a new pair of running shoes a lotsooner than I should have, a costly mistake.

Now it may have soundedlike a daft subject on how to maintain your running shoes, but hopefully a few ofthose tips will help you get a little more life and enjoymentout of your running shoes.

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