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Old 07-06-2009, 22:11
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Went camping over the weekend and decided to wear my Converse All Stars which I regret now.

They are covered in mud which is not coming out when I try and clean them with a cloth. Is it safe to put them in the washing machine, if so what setting is best and should I use powder?
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Old 07-06-2009, 22:15
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I'd say go for it, I'm pretty sure I've washed mine before and they were fine.

Also washed two pairs of son's trainers the other day, one pair of the lace up deck shoes the lads all seem to be wearing and a pair of nikes, they were fine.

I'd stick them in on their own, tied up in a pillowcase, with some good whitening powder (Daz maybe?) on about 40degrees.
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Old 07-06-2009, 22:24
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I do mine in the sink. They make a horrible noise in the machine. Don't go too hot - they shrink!
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Old 07-06-2009, 22:24
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I'd say go for it, I'm pretty sure I've washed mine before and they were fine.

Also washed two pairs of son's trainers the other day, one pair of the lace up deck shoes the lads all seem to be wearing and a pair of nikes, they were fine.

I'd stick them in on their own, tied up in a pillowcase, with some good whitening powder (Daz maybe?) on about 40degrees.
What have you got to lose? They're knackered if you don't wash them.

The pillowcase is a good idea but I'd put a few old towels in as well so they don't knock hell out of my washing machine.
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Old 07-06-2009, 23:00
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Thanks for the advice everyone, I will give it a go tomorrow.
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Old 08-06-2009, 00:04
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I do my sons converse boots in the machine regularly. I do a 30 degree wash with ariel bio and they come up a treat. Don't tumble dry them though, stuff them with newspaper and leave them in a warm place.
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Old 08-06-2009, 00:24
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I put my old pair of Converse in the washing machine on a low temp, completely on their own. They seemed to come out fine and cleaner, if not a little faded but it depends how bothered you are! They didn't look bad at all though.

I trekked through woodland in torrential rain for 5 hours last year in my current pair of Converse and they looked truly awful by the end of the day - I was kicking myself! I have no idea why I wore them! Anyway, I didn't machine wash those ones and even a week later when they'd dried out naturally they didn't look too bad.

If you don't want to risk slightly fading them them though, I'd say wash them in warm water in the sink, and very lightly scrub with an old toothbrush. I also agree re. drying - leave them open, laces out in a warm place to dry for a while. Another tip - when cleaning the rubber (if it's white) use Jif - it works a treat! I think it does depend on the colour of the canvas as well - light colours tend to fare better which is why I haven't machine washed my current pair as they're black - my first pair were pink so they came out ok
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Old 17-06-2009, 01:30
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I put my old pair of Converse in the washing machine on a low temp, completely on their own. They seemed to come out fine and cleaner, if not a little faded but it depends how bothered you are! They didn't look bad at all though.

I trekked through woodland in torrential rain for 5 hours last year in my current pair of Converse and they looked truly awful by the end of the day - I was kicking myself! I have no idea why I wore them! Anyway, I didn't machine wash those ones and even a week later when they'd dried out naturally they didn't look too bad.

If you don't want to risk slightly fading them them though, I'd say wash them in warm water in the sink, and very lightly scrub with an old toothbrush. I also agree re. drying - leave them open, laces out in a warm place to dry for a while. Another tip - when cleaning the rubber (if it's white) use Jif - it works a treat! I think it does depend on the colour of the canvas as well - light colours tend to fare better which is why I haven't machine washed my current pair as they're black - my first pair were pink so they came out ok
Jif, as in the lemon juice?
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Old 17-06-2009, 06:00
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Jif, as in the lemon juice?
I am sure they mean Cif Cream Cleaner, showing our ages now as it use to be called Jif, hope that helps
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Old 17-06-2009, 07:49
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Well I put them in at a low temp the other week and they came out real clean, but as suggested a little faded.

But I was so impressed I then put in my 4 year old pair and they look almost brand new

Thanks all for the advice.
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Old 17-06-2009, 08:55
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Put them in with a towel and with half a washing tablet on 30C and they should come out spick and span.
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