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Why you should avoid putting your shoes in the washer or dryer

Updated: May 20, 2023

Putting your shoes in the washing machine and dryer is not recommended. While it may seem like an easy and convenient way to clean your shoes, it can actually damage them and reduce their lifespan.

The washing machine and dryer can cause the glue that holds the shoe together to weaken and break down, causing the shoe to fall apart. The high heat and tumbling action of the dryer can also cause the shoes to lose their shape, shrink, or become miss shapen.

Instead, it's best to clean your shoes by hand. Use a soft brush and mild soap or detergent to gently scrub away dirt and stains. Rinse with water and let them air dry in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight or heat.

If your shoes have a particularly strong odor, you can try sprinkling baking soda inside them and leaving them overnight before shaking out the excess. Alternatively, you can use a shoe deodorizer spray.

By taking the time to properly clean and care for your shoes, you can help extend their lifespan and keep them looking and smelling fresh.

How Shoes Are Bad For Your Dryer:

Shoes can be bad for your dryer in several ways. First, shoes can damage the interior of the dryer drum, leaving scuff marks or scratches that can trap future loads of laundry, causing damage or even tearing delicate fabrics.

Secondly, shoes can cause your dryer to become unbalanced, which can lead to loud noises, vibrations, and potential damage to the machine. Third, shoes can create excess lint and debris, which can build up in the dryer's lint filter and exhaust vent, increasing the risk of fire. In addition, it can cause a risk of your machine flooding. If shoes are heavily soiled or muddy, they can potentially clog the drainage system and cause the washer to overflow or flood.

It's important to remember that dryers are designed to handle clothing, towels, and linens, which are softer and less abrasive than shoes. While it may be tempting to put your shoes in the dryer to save time, it's best to avoid doing so to protect your machine and your shoes. Instead, take the time to air dry your shoes or clean them by hand.

If Your Washing Machine or Dryer has been damaged call T&C Appliance/HVAC Repair and schedule an expert appliance repair today! 336-350-7004

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