Mesh shoes are the best, and I'm sure you feel the same way. They're light and breezy, making them ideal for warm weather. However, mesh footwear is prone to quickly showing dirt.

Do you know why dirt tends to stick to mesh footwear?

Knitted nylon mesh is a very permeable material. The mesh is perforated with tiny holes. Because of these crevices, the fabric is prone to collecting grime, stains, and other unsightly marks that are hard to remove.

Methods for effectively cleaning mesh footwear

Use Baking Soda to Spot-Free Your Mesh Shoes!

The answer is yes, you can use baking soda to clean mesh shoes. Because of its potential harshness, baking soda should be used sparingly and properly diluted. First, make sure the cleaning solution is safe by testing it on a small area.

Cleaning Mesh Shoes by Hand

Before washing mesh shoes by hand, take out the insoles and the laces.

Put some mild detergent into a sink or basin full of warm water and let it soak for a while. To remove dirt and debris from shoes, simply submerge them in water and give them a gentle shake.

Gently brush away any lingering discoloration with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make circular motions with the brush.

Before putting the shoes back in rotation, give them a good washing in clean water and let them dry completely at room temperature.

Washing Instructions for Mesh Shoes

Mesh footwear is machine-washable in cold water on a delicate cycle. Try to avoid using bleach and instead use a gentle detergent. Don't dry the sneakers in the dryer; instead, let them air out. What follows is a detailed procedure.

  1. Take out the insole and untie your shoes.
  2. Throw those dirty shoes into the washer.
  3. You should put a little bit of detergent in the washer.
  4. Cold water and the delicate cycle in the washer.
  5. When you're finished, set your shoes aside to air dry. Do not dry in a tumble dryer

Oxiclean: The Secret to Spotless White Mesh Shoes

Following these instructions, you can clean your white mesh shoes with Oxiclean.

  1. Scoop one serving of Oxiclean into a bucket of warm water and fill the bucket up to the brim.
  2. Make sure the powder is completely dissolved by stirring the mixture.
  3. Soak your shoes for 15 to 30 minutes in the solution.
  4. It's best if you didn't step in this mixture wearing shoes. To clean, simply use a gentle bristle brush to sweep away the grime. Be sure to use circular motions with the brush.
  5. Clean water should be used to thoroughly rinse your shoes. If you want to wear your shoes again, you should give them some time to dry out.

Instructions for Spot Cleaning Colored Mesh Shoes

A cleaning solution for colored mesh shoes can be made by mixing a small amount of mild laundry detergent with water. Then do as I say down below:

  1. Scrub the mesh shoes softly with a cloth dipped in soapy water.
  2. Get rid of any remaining soap by rinsing the shoes in clean water.
  3. Shoes should be dried thoroughly by airing out and patting with a towel.

To keep the vibrant hues from fading, wash with a color-safe detergent and avoid rough scrubbing.

Cleaning Instructions for Black Mesh Sneakers

Cleaning black mesh shoes calls for soapy water, a bucket, and a dry cloth.

Soap up some water, soak the cloth in it, and wring it out. Use a damp cloth or wet wipes to clean the shoe, then set it aside to dry.

Scrubbing the mesh with nothing more than your bare hands will not yield satisfactory results. Get some soapy water and dip the brush in it.

Water-rinse the mesh after gently brushing it in a circular motion.

You'll need a bucket of water and a clean cloth to get the dirt and dust out from behind the mesh. To use, wet the cloth and squeeze out the water. You can clean the shoe by wiping it down with a damp cloth and letting it air dry.

Taking Care of Stained Mesh Sneakers

The right method and some perseverance can get rid of stains on mesh shoes.

Here are some pointers for cleaning the mud and dirt from your mesh footwear.

Dark Tea and Coffee Marks

When it comes to cleaning mesh sneakers, there are a few options for removing coffee and tea stains.

It can be cleaned with warm water and a mild soap using a soft cloth or sponge.

You can also use a laundry detergent or stain remover specifically formulated to eliminate coffee and tea stains.

The shoes may need to be presoaked in a solution of laundry detergent and warm water for a few hours if the stain is particularly resistant before being washed in the washing machine.

Rubbish Smells

It's not always easy to get rid of food stains.

You can use regular soap and water, or you can try a vinegar and water solution. If the stain persists, you may need to resort to using bleach or another harsh cleaner.

Affected by Wine Stains

Although wine stains are notoriously difficult to eliminate, there are some measures you can take.

Begin by blotting the stain with a clean cloth to absorb as much wine as possible. White vinegar should be used to soak the affected area for 30 minutes. To conclude, wash the sneakers in cold water with detergent.

White vinegar can be used without worry to clean colored mesh shoes. Make sure the color won't bleed by testing a small area first, though.

Indications of Blood

Some blood stains on mesh sneakers can be removed by using one of several methods.

Try spot-cleaning the area with some water and a gentle detergent.

If the stain is especially resistant, you can try using vinegar or baking soda.


For some reason, acetone (nail polish remover) has always been effective for me when removing paint from shoes.

Acetone is safe to use on leather, fabric, and vinyl without worrying about damage. As a bonus, it also functions on mesh-based footwear.

Acetone can be used to remove stains if it is applied to a cotton swab or a soft cloth and rubbed into the spot. Don't risk ruining your shoes by trying this out in public.

Spots of Grass

Grass stains on mesh sneakers can be removed in a few different ways.

To clean it, you can use a toothbrush and some dish soap. Vinegar and water is another effective method.

Wet the stained area with warm water, then use a toothbrush to scrub off the stain with dish soap. Dish soap and a toothbrush are then used to remove the stain. Warm water should be used to wash the area, and this process can be repeated if necessary.

Vinegar and water, in equal parts, can be used to remove stains from grass and other plant matter. Put the solution on the stain and scrub it with a brush or cloth. Warm water should be used to rinse the area, and the process should be repeated if necessary.

Flaking Rust

Rust stains on mesh sneakers can be removed in a couple different ways.

To clean shoes, you can soak them in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water for 30 minutes. Then, use a toothbrush or another type of soft-bristled brush to thoroughly clean the affected areas.

In addition, you can apply a paste made of baking soda and water directly to the rust spots. Give it 15 minutes to soak in, and then scrub it with a brush.

Damage from Mud and Rust

Use a toothbrush and some mild detergent to clean the stain.

Another option is to use a toothbrush to scrub the stain while the sneaker is soaking in lukewarm water. You can pre-treat the stain before washing the sneaker with a laundry detergent.


A few precautions must be taken when cleaning mesh shoes so as not to ruin the fabric.

To begin, the mesh fabric can be damaged by the use of harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners.

Second, take care not to scrub or rub the shoes too harshly, as this can cause damage to the lightweight fabric. Furthermore, when cleaning, use a brush with soft bristles.

Finally, to prevent mold and mildew growth, let the shoes air dry completely before storing or wearing them again.

When drying, paper towels can be used to stuff the shoes. As a result, the shoes will be more likely to keep their form.


In that case, yes, you can wash your white mesh shoes.

It's okay to machine wash your white mesh shoes, but make sure you use a gentle cycle, a mild detergent, and cold water.

Can I wash my black and colored mesh shoes in Oxiclean?

Do not use Oxiclean on black or colored mesh shoes; it may help prevent discoloration. Because it is a bleach, Oxiclean can fade or discolor colored mesh shoes that are black. Please refrain from bleaching your colorful mesh sneakers.

However, white mesh shoes can be cleaned with bleach.

Recipe for a cleaning solution for white mesh sneakers

  1. Put one cup of vinegar into the bucket.
  2. Combine vinegar with a cup of hydrogen peroxide.
  3. To the mixture, add one gallon of water and stir thoroughly.
  4. For 10 minutes, soak the sneakers in the solution before rinsing them in clean water.

How do I clean my shoes with a mesh upper? What kind of brush should I use?

Cleaning mesh shoes requires a gentle touch, so always use a shoe brush with soft bristles. You don't have to use a special shoe brush; a toothbrush with soft bristles will do the trick just as well.

Tips for removing tough stains

To remove tough stains from your shoes, try using a commercial shoe cleaning product. Before using the product on the entire mesh, test it in a hidden area to make sure it won't deteriorate.

Try some white vinegar if you like. White vinegar can be used to clean shoes by pouring about 1 cup into a large bowl and then adding about 1 gallon of water to the mixture. After 30 minutes of soaking, thoroughly rinse the shoes in water.