How to clean shoelaces?

Have you ever had this experience? No matter how carefully you protect your beloved pair of shoes, the shoelaces will always show their “oldness” first. So, how to clean shoelaces? How to restore the shoelaces to their original cleanliness? Here are some common shoelace cleaning methods.


How to clean white shoelaces?


Method 1:Hand wash method

Hand wash method is the gentlest way to clean white shoelaces, especially for fragile or easily faded materials.

  • Rmove the laces: Remove the laces from the shoes to clean them all around.
  • Pretreatment: In a small bowl, mix warm water and a small amount of laundry detergent or bleach, then gently rub the dirty area with a toothbrush or soft brush. Be careful not to rub too hard to avoid damaging the laces.
  • Soak: Soak the laces in a mixture of warm water and laundry detergent for about 30 minutes to loosen stubborn stains.
  • Washing: Rinse the laces with warm water and gently rub again until the dirt is completely removed.
  • Drying: Let the laces dry, preferably air-drying naturally. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight to prevent yellowing.


Method 2: Washing Machine Method

This method is suitable for relatively sturdy materials such as cotton or polyester.

  • Remove the laces: As with the Hand wash method, remove the laces first.
  • Preparation: Place the shoelaces in a laundry bag to prevent them from getting tangled in the washing machine.
  • Washing: Select a gentle cycle, use cold water and a small amount of detergent or bleach. Do not mix other colors.
  • Drying: Same as hand washing, let the shoelaces air dry naturally.


How to clean colored shoelaces?


Method 1: Hand washing method

Hand washing is most suitable for colored shoelaces with few stains, and it is also the most common and simplest method to clean colored shoelaces

  • Remove the shoelaces and gently remove the dirt or dust on the surface of the shoelaces with a small brush.
  • Prepare a small piece of old soap and a spoonful of laundry detergent, add 80° hot water to melt.
  • Wait until the water temperature drops to the touchable stage, put the dirty shoelaces into the water and stir evenly.
  • Use a small brush to brush gently, be careful not to use too much force, which can easily crack the shoelaces.
  • Sail the shoelaces, rinse them in clean water, and finally dry them.


Method 2: Washing machine method

If the hand washing is not strong enough, you can choose to wash the shoelaces in a washing machine. But please note that this method has certain risks and may cause the shoelaces to deform or fade.

  • Take it out and put it in a laundry bag to avoid entanglement. If there are many shoelaces, you can wash them in two bags.
  • Set the washing machine to “gentle” or “gentle” mode and choose a lower water temperature.
  • Add an appropriate amount of laundry detergent or special color detergent.
  • After cleaning, take out the shoelaces and hang them on a hanger to dry.


How to clean leather shoelaces?

Leather shoelaces are fragile, so they require a more delicate cleaning process. Do not soak or throw them in the washing machine, otherwise the laces may be damaged.

  • Simply wipe the laces gently with a damp cloth and warm water to clean. If the stain is severe, you can apply a little cleaning soap to the laces.
  • Wipe the laces again with a damp cloth to remove residual soap and stains. Repeat this step until the laces are completely clean.
  • When drying, avoid blow-drying or direct sunlight, as their material will be damaged.


In general, cleaning shoelaces is not a difficult task. Through some shoelace cleaning methods in this article, do you know how to clean white shoelaces and colored shoelaces? Let’s use appropriate methods to keep the shoelaces clean and let them shine brightly!


What are the precautions for cleaning shoelaces?

  • Shoelaces do not need to be cleaned every time. You can wipe the shoelaces with an eraser or wet wipes regularly to easily remove dust and minor stains.
  • If it is a leather shoe lace, you need to use leather cleaner or shoe polish for cleaning and maintenance.
  • What should I do if the black stains on the shoelaces cannot be washed off? In fact, those black stains are caused by friction with the metal shoe holes. Apply transparent nail polish around the shoe lace holes to effectively isolate the stains and keep the shoelaces clean.

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