How to clean stained nylon mesh shoes

Due to their close proximity to the ground, nylon mesh shoes are exposed to dirt, grease and other stain-making substances. Whether the nylon mesh shoes are for everyday wear or sports activities, keeping them clean is important to the life of the shoe and the health of your feet. Nylon mesh shoes that remain dirty and greasy may become a breeding ground for mould and mildew, resulting in smelly shoes and feet that are exposed to fungus.

Brush off dry dirt particles and stain substances with a soft-bristled brush. Use a soft brush so the nylon mesh isn't damaged or torn. Brush, in one direction, until all dried substances flake off.

Spray nylon and canvas cleaner on the exterior of the shoes, concentrating on areas that are heavily stained. Allow the cleaner to foam on the surface of the shoes for two to three minutes.

Dampen a clean cloth and rub the nylon and canvas cleaner into the surface of the nylon mesh shoes. Scrub with the cloth, adding more nylon and canvas cleaner, as needed. Tackle stubborn stain areas with the scrub brush and nylon cleaner.

Wet a clean cloth with plain water and squeeze out the excess. Wipe the surface of the nylon mesh shoes to remove the soap residue. Continue to wipe, moving to a clean portion of the cloth, until the soap and stains are gone.

Pat dry the exterior of the nylon mesh shoes with a clean, dry cloth. Sprinkle baking soda inside the shoes to deodorise the interiors. Set the shoes outside, away from direct sunlight, or near an open window to dry completely.


Substitute a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda to tackle stains on nylon mesh shoes.


Always allow shoes to dry thoroughly before wearing them to avoid exposing your feet to moist conditions that can lead to fungal infections.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Nylon and canvas cleaner
  • Clean cloths
  • Baking soda
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.