Chinese appliance maker Haier believes it has taken the hard work out of washing shoes.
At the recent Canton Fair in China, the company unveiled what it claims is the world’s first household shoe-washing machine, thus creating a new category of footwear care and protection.
Hair’s team has designed a “stereo-type spraying technology” which eliminates the damage caused to shoes by traditional brush-cleaning, and provides “a more convenient, carefree washing experience for users”.
Until now, cleaning shoes has been a manual, usually less-than-pleasant experience, requiring brushes, polishers and various creams or polishes.
Tossing shoes into the washing machine not only results in cross-infection with clothes, but damages the shoes – with no guarantee of a clean wash. The only alternative is to drop them off at a cobbler.
Haier’s shoe-washing machine uses high-pressure water flow to wash shoes. The water flow can penetrate the fiber inside to remove deeper dirt and minimise the damage, which allows it to achieve a clean that is both thorough and delicate.
Haier admits visitors to the Canton exhibition were doubtful whether the device will be able to earn its own space in people’s homes. But the company’s spokespeople are confident it can succeed.
The household shoe-washing machine has a drawer design, allowing it to be stacked with a washing machine or a dryer, so it does not take up much space in the home and it can be operated at the same time as a regular washing machine.