Friday, February 27, 2009
Freshly washed sneakers feel great, but putting them in the clothes washer can damage the machine. So the Japanese have invented a stacked washer and dryer just for sneakers and running shoes. The washer uses vinyl brushes and a special detergent that kills germs, and it does two pairs of adult's shoes or four pairs of children's shoes at a time. One drying cycle takes 20 minutes for footwear of synthetic material and 40 minutes for tennis or high-top canvas shoes. Low heat prevents damage to the soles. An ultraviolet light disinfects.