How to Clean Basketball Shoes? You should Learn It

A pair of basketball shoes takes care of your feet and provides you the strength to do whatever you want on the court. Shouldn’t you take care of them too?

Whether your basketball shoes cost you hundreds of dollars or even a thousand dollars, after a certain time they become dirty. To get the comfort of the newness of your shoes around the year, there is no alternative option other than cleaning. 

Why You Should Clean Your Shoes 

  • Clean and tidy pair of shoes is the first requirement of great performance on the ground.
  • Regular cleaning protects the shoes from any permanent stains and damages.
  • Cleaning ensures longer use of shoes.
  • Cleaning let you enjoy maximum utility from your spent money.

So, if you really want to clean your shoes regularly, you can follow the following strategy. We are going to give you an in-depth cleaning process for basketball shoes.

How to Clean Basketball Shoes?

Preparation Stage

  • The first task you have to do before start cleaning is removing any mud, dirt, and debris that stuck on the shoes. you can use a shoe brush or stiff-bristled to remove these stains effortlessly.
  • Once you have removed the stains, prepare a solution of warm water and a few drops of mild detergent, like your dish soap. The amount of solution will depend on your shoes size and area you want to clean.
  • Note that, avoid using harsh cleaners or abrasive detergents powder in the mixture, they can degrade the shoe quality.
  • Keep a piece of soft cloth, or sponge, or a brush for applying the solution to the shoes. When choosing the cloth, try to match the hardness of the cloth with your shoe materials.
  • Remove the laces of your shoes.  It will allow you to clean your shoes properly.

Cleaning Stage

  • Now, apply a small amount of the solution on the soft cloth, brush or sponge and gently wipe out the shoes thoroughly. Don’t’ soak the cloth completely. You can use a toothbrush or your fingertip under the cloth to get into the seams and creases.
  • Scrub a little bit aggressively in a circular motion on the stubborn stains and dirt. If needed, you can add a tiny dab of plain white toothpaste to the dampened sponge or brush for removing.
  • After exterior cleaning, remove insoles/inserts and clean them in the same manner as you have done for the shoes.
  • For lace cleaning, you can dampen and scrub them in the same cleaning mixture. You can also wash them in the washing machine. However, if the laces are frayed or overly worn or dirty, it’s best to replace them with a new pair. 

Drying Stage

  • Finally, keep the shoes in a warm and airy spot to dry naturally.  Don’t make the mistake of drying the shoes under the direct sunlight or drying them with a dryer, hairdryeror other heat sources. These drying processes may cause your shoes to shrink, crack, and lose their original shape.
  • Dry the insoles/inserts, in the same manner, you followed for shoes.  Furthermore, for odor control, you can sprinkle a bit of baking soda on them before putting them back inside the shoes. However, you can dry the laces anywhere you want.

Storing the Shoes

When the shoes are completely dry you can store them in their original shoe bag. If you don’t have that one you can also keep them in your gym bag.

Tips for Keeping Your Shoes Always Clean

  • Try to clean your shoes or sock after every wear. The sooner you can clean the stain, grime, dirt the easier the removing will be for you.
  • Don’t leave the shoes inside your gym or sports bag after the game, keep your shoes in a free place. It will free them from odor.
  • A deodorizer can keep your shoes in excellent condition all the time, try to use it.
  • For longer use wear your basketball shoes only when you are inside the court.


We know cleaning shoes requires both time and effort, but the result you will get from a clean and fresh pair of shoes is completely wort hit.

Moreover, you can also follow other cleaning methods, but before applying those, make sure that your shoes are compatible with those methods.

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