Your cool Yeezys are a unique, contemporary pair of shoes. You’ve probably tried to keep that immaculately clean so far, but that’s not always possible. Don’t freak out if you feel your Yeezys look worn and dirty.
We have researched the best methods for how to clean Yeezys. We’ll answer some of your burning questions and equip you with a step-by-step method for washing Yeezys at home.
Now you can get your Yeezys looking brand spanking new. Say goodbye to stains and scuffs with our effective tips.
- and-wash Yeezys for best results, but Yeezys 350, 380, and 450 can be machine washed on a gentle cycle with cold water.
- Remove laces and insoles before cleaning, and use appropriate cleaning solutions and brushes based on the shoe material.
- For white Yeezys, use a mixture of distilled white vinegar and lukewarm water or a suitable shoe cleaner to remove stains and restore their original color.
- Regular maintenance, like removing dirt daily and spot cleaning stains, helps keep Yeezys in good condition and prevents yellowing.
Can You Put Yeezys in the Washer?
When cleaning your dirty Yeezys at home, it might be tempting to toss them in the washing machine. But this depends on what kind of Yeezys you have. You can use a washing machine for cleaning shoes:
- Yeezys 350
- Yeezys 380
- Yeezys 450
Do not clean the following in the machine:
- Yeezys Foam Runner
- Yeezys Slides
- Yeezys 700
- Yeezys 500
These four editions are made with foam, suede, and other delicate materials and therefore shouldn’t go through the washing machine.
While you can wash Yeezys 350, 380, and 450 in the machine, hand-washing is the best method for protecting your Yeezys from damage.
What is the Best Way to Clean Yeezys?
The overall best way to clean Yeezys is by spot-treating and handwashing them. If you skip the washing machine, you eliminate the small risk of your appliance ruining the shoes.
It also depends on the type of Yeezys you have. The 350, 380, and 450 series are made with a mixture of cloth and rubber. They can handle a gentle spin in the washing machine or more vigorous scrubbing. The other series are made with mostly rubber, suede, leather, or foam, so you must take a more specialized approach depending on what type of Yeezys you have.
How to clean Yeezys 350, 380, and 450 will be similar. The best way to clean these Yeezys starts with removing the soles and laces. You’ll then use a cleaning solution of your choice, lukewarm water, and a gentle scrubbing brush to spot clean stains and marks.
If your Yeezys are particularly dirty, you can take advantage of your washing machine. Place the Yeezys in a pillowcase or a mesh laundry bag. Wash the shoes on the most gentle and coldest setting before air drying.
Wash your laces and insoles separately with soapy water and a soft-bristled brush.
The 700 series, along with the Foam Runner, Slides, and 500 series, should be washed more carefully.
The best way to clean these Yeezys is with a specialized shoe cleaner. Remove the shoelaces if you have any. Dilute your chosen cleaning solution according to the packaging instruction. Use a specialized brush or cloth depending on the material of the Yeezys. Dunk it in the shoe cleaner and scrub the Yeezys gently in circular motions.
Clean your laces separately while letting the Yeezys air dry.
It’s super important that you choose the correct shoe cleaning brush. You don’t want something too harsh for softer materials like suede and foam. Always check the material of your Yeezys and choose a brush or cloth accordingly.
How to Clean White Yeezys At Home
It’s time to get your Yeezys sparkling clean. We’ll get rid of dirty marks while bringing out the original color of your shoes.
We’ll also share different tips for the different types of Yeezys. So no matter what series you own, these tips can help.
- Time: 30-45 minutes
- Difficulty: Intermediate
What You’ll Need
- Shoe brush (depending on the material of your shoes)
- Shoe cleaning solution (store-bought or distilled white vinegar if making own)
- Soft cloth
- Dish soap
- Suede brush (for suede Yeezys)
- Pencil eraser (for suede Yeezys)
- Mild detergent or dish soap (for leather and lycra Yeezys)
- Towel (for leather Yeezys)
- Soft bristle shoe brush (for Yeezy Foam Runners, Slides, and shoelaces)
Let’s dive into the best methods for cleaning Yeezys without a washing machine.
1. Remove Laces and Insoles
Before you start, remove the laces and insoles. We will clean those separately later.
2. Brush Off Excess Dirt
Use a shoe cleaning brush to brush off any excess dirt. This will make it easier to clean the shoes in the following steps. Always make sure to use the correct shoe brush, depending on the material. For instance, use a suede shoe brush if you have a suede shoe.
An all-purpose shoe brush is fine for Yeezys 350, 380, and 450.
3. Mix Cleaning Solution
You can use a store-bought cleaning solution for deep cleaning your shoes and removing stains. These are more heavy-duty cleaners, and we recommend them if your Yeezys are filthy. Always make sure to choose a shoe cleaner that is suitable for your Yeezys’ materials.
If you want to clean your Yeezys without a shoe cleaner, you can make your own. Mix a 1:1 ratio of distilled white vinegar and lukewarm water. This is an eco-friendly, non-toxic, but effective cleaner.
4. Brush Shoes With Solution
Using your shoe brush, apply the cleaning solution to the main part of the shoe. Don’t clean the soles and bottom right now. Just focus on the top. Brush in circular motions until you notice the stains lifting and the shoes becoming cleaner.
Keep going with this step if you’re aiming to unyellow your white Yeezys. Don’t be nervous about rubbing quite vigorously if cleaning Yeezys 350, 380, and 450s.
For suede Yeezys, don’t use any cleaning solution. Just make sure to use a dry suede brush to remove dirt.
For leather and lycra Yeezys, skip the cleaning solution and use a mild detergent or dish soap instead. Mix together a couple of tablespoons into a couple of cups of lukewarm water. Trade out the shoe brush for a soft cloth.
For foam Yeezys and slides, use a soft-bristle brush and soapy water. Skip a shoe cleaning solution. You must be very careful with these Yeezys.
5. Clean Yeezys Soles
Once the top of the shoe is clean, move onto the sole. Make sure to hold the shoe vertically so that you don’t drip any dirty water from the bottom of the shoes back onto the clean top.
Follow the same method as above, depending on what type of Yeezys you have. The only difference is for suede Yeezys, you should use a pencil eraser to clean the soles.
6. Rinse Shoes With Damp Cloth
Dampen a clean cloth with water. Gently rub the entire shoe to remove excess dirt, cleaning solution, and debris.
7. Air Dry Yeezys
Let your Yeezys air dry in a cool breezy spot. This can take around 24 hours, so be patient.
8. Clean Laces and Insoles
While your Yeezys are drying, it’s time to clean the laces and insoles.
To clean the laces, mix a 5:1 solution of water and dish soap. Soak the laces in the solution for 20 minutes before gently scrubbing them with a soft-bristled shoe brush. Work to remove dirt and stains, but don’t apply too much pressure as this can fray the laces.
Hang the laces and let them air dry.
Create the same 5:1 solution of water and dish soap for the insoles. Dip the soft-bristled brush into the mixture and gently scrub the insoles. Continue until they are clean. When finished, wipe them with a dampened cloth. Air dry them along with the Yeezys.
How to Clean Yeezys In Washing Machine
If your Yeezys are really dirty and the above method isn’t working, you can utilize the power of your washing machine. Please note that we only recommend this method for Yeezys 350, 380, and 450.
Firstly, remove the laces and insoles and clean them separately using our above method. Wipe the Yeezys with a shoe brush to remove excess dirt. Place the shoes in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag. Secure the pillowcase or bag shut. Pour a small amount of mild detergent into the machine — about half of what you’d typically use. Put the shoes in the machine and set it to a delicate cycle with cold water. Run the machine. After the cycle, let the Yeezys air dry in a cool breezy spot.
How to Get Stains Out of Yeezys
If you don’t need to deep clean the whole Yeezys, but you have stains to remove, keep reading. This method works for Yeezys of all colors, including black, white, and cream. It even works for special designs, such as that found on Zebra Yeezys.
- Time: Up to one hour
- Difficulty: Intermediate
What You’ll Need
- Multi-purpose stain remover such as OxiClean
- Store-bought shoe cleaner (optional)
- Bowl of water
- Soft-bristle shoe brush
- Soft cloth
- Small thick towel
- Magic eraser (optional)
1. Stuff Yeezys With Towel
Stuff a small thick towel inside of your Yeezys. This will absorb water and cleaning solution so that you don’t soak the inside of your shoes.
2. Mix Cleaning Solution
Mix together your stain remover in a bowl of cool water according to packaging instructions. With some products, the manufacturer may state to apply the stain remover directly onto the shoe.
For suede, leather, and lycra Yeezys, we recommend using an appropriate shoe cleaner instead of a commercial multi-purpose stain remover.
On that note, if you already have a shoe cleaner in the house, you can use that for any kind of Yeezys if it saves you from buying a multi-purpose stain remover.
3. Apply Cleaning Solution
Using a soft-bristled shoe brush or soft cloth, apply the stain remover to the shoe. Rub in gentle circular motions until the stain has lifted. This can take a few minutes, or you may have to continue for around 10 minutes.
If your stain is really stubborn, let the cleaning solution sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing.
4. Rinse Area
Soak a soft cloth in cool water and rinse the area to remove the cleaning solution. If the stain persists, repeat the above steps.
5. Magic Eraser for Really Stubborn Stains
If the stain still isn’t budging, you may want to try a Magic Eraser. Follow the packaging instructions to use the product on your shoe.
6. Air Dry Shoes
Let the shoes air dry until 100 percent dry before wearing them again.
Taking Care of Yeezys
To save yourself from the hassle of deep cleaning your shoes, maintenance is key. Here are our top tips for taking care of your Yeezys:
- Remove dirt daily: Once you’re home, give your Yeezys a quick wipe to remove excess dirt. This will keep the shoes fresh and prevent dirt from embedding into and staining the material.
- Scrub the soles: Whenever you notice dirt on the soles of your Yeezys, give them a quick scrub with a damp cloth. The longer you leave dirt on the soles, the more likely it’ll cause a long-term stain.
- Spot clean Yeezys: Whenever you notice a stain on your Yeezys, clean them immediately. Don’t let it sit for a long time.
- Use shoe protection: You can buy shoe protection spray to keep your Yeezys strong and mighty. This gives it a protective layer so that various elements are less likely to cause long-term damage.
- Wear your Yeezys in urban settings: Don’t wear your Yeezys when you’re going hiking, walking through the forest, or taking the dog out. Wear them in urban settings, preferably on dry days.
- Protect the soles: Yeezys have attractive soles, but they can yellow quickly. Use a brightening agent on the sole, such as hydrogen peroxide cream or baking soda. This will whiten them back to their original hue. Let it sit for one hour before rinsing.
- Clean regularly: We recommend cleaning your Yeezys around every two weeks or every 10 wears. If you notice dirt and stains, clean them as soon as possible.
When it comes to washing Yeezys, it can be a bit overwhelming. But once you know what kind of Yeezys you have and what material they’re made from, get cleaning!
The best method for how to wash Yeezys involves an appropriate shoe brush and shoe cleaning solution. However, if your Yeezys are super dirty, you might be able to use your washing machine depending on what shoe series you have.
When in doubt, take your Yeezys to a professional. That way, you can get them super clean in the safest way.