How to Clean Canvas Shoes – Easy Cleaning Tips

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Wondering what to wear for an impromptu brunch with your friends? Your canvas sneakers are there for you. Planning to go for a shopping spree? Head over to your canvas shoes. Going for a casual family gathering? Take your canvases along with you. In short, your canvas shoes will always be your go-to buddy for any occasion. 

Your canvases make sure to provide you with comfort and that spunky look so that you are always ready to be the showstopper ( Yes, you can. Believe in yourself the way your canvas shoes do! ) 

Have you ever looked at them and thought to treat them the way they deserve? Or just looked at them and thought of cleaning them but wondering how to clean? Oh, that’s probably the reason you’re here. 

Cleaning your canvas shoes isn’t as much labor as it sounds. It has become an integral part of our wardrobes regardless of age, gender, and they as well need some treating and feasting.

So without wasting any time further, let’s straight-up move further for the steps. 

Know Your Canvases

Before simply rushing around to clean them, take a quick, thorough study of your canvas shoes and note down the type of canvas used, sole material, laces, etc. 

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Their canvas is really taken too literally in its meaning, people these days paint the canvas of their shoes as if they’re painting on a real canvas. So have a check on if it contains some additional design.

Some people are just way too passionate about this that they even call themselves an artist only because they’ve made one on a pair of shoes ( Sounds like a legit career option to me! Just kidding ).

What Makes Our Canvas Shoes Dirty?

No one likes their canvases dirty, noticing that canvas is nothing but a piece of fabric. It gets dirty, just like your clothes.

Even if nothing unusual happens, a polluted and dusty environment makes them dirty. The rainy season is a curse for our canvas sneakers and especially the white ones. They have a hard time during rainy seasons, and water puddles are a cherry on the cake ( Oh, they add up to make them worse! ).

Prerequisites for the Cleaning:

To make your dirty shoes look like a newly bought, there are certain things you need to grab beforehand and then make the magic happen.

  • A small tub or a bowl
  • Mild detergent or baby shampoo
  • A toothbrush (other than the one you use to clean your teeth)
  • A piece of towel 
  • Cold or warm (preferable) water
  • Newspaper or paper sheets.
  • Nylon scrubber brush

Steps To Clean Canvas Shoes

Cleaning your canvas shoes is easy with these methods. Of course, not as easy as it would be if you could toss them around in your washing machine ( Were you just thinking of doing that? I got you! ). Although your sneakers are made up of fabric, you can’t wash them, in the same manner, using machines.

You will have to put your hands to work for this. Here is your step to step guide for a happy and healthy cleaning of your loved ones!

1. Remove Laces First

If your canvas sneakers have laces, don’t forget to untie and remove them as the first thing to do. If you fail to do this, chances are there that they might get entangled with each other and create a mess during later stages of cleaning. Also, remove the internals of your sneakers.

2. Shake It Off

Shake off the dry dirt and debris from your shoes to make them ready for a bathing session. Prepare the soap solution.

Put one or two teaspoons of mild laundry detergent or few drops of baby shampoo into the tub filled with water. Rinse the solution until it starts to lather and make bubbles.

3. Use Scrubber To Clean the Sole

Pour some soap solution on the brushes of nylon scrubber and rub the sole of your shoes vigorously. In the case of a leather sole, be extra careful and wash using minimum water or moisture in general.

4. Use a Towel to Clean

Dip the cloth in soap solution and let it soak that into itself. Rub it all over the surface(upper face) of your shoes and be careful in the case of the designed ones. They should be spot cleaned with a damp cloth applying low pressure.

Remember not to submerge the whole shoe in the water.

5. Remove the Soap Solution

In this completion step, use a clean piece of towel soaked with some freshwater to clear off the soapy surface and sole. 

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6. Let them Air Dry

At last, fill the inner part of your shoes with crushed newspaper or paper sheets to maintain their shape once they get dried in air. 

While you’re busy washing your canvas shoes, keep its laces soaked in soapy water and try manually agitating them a little bit. When the soap solution is removed, put them to dry in air. 

Alternate Method To Clean Canvas Shoes(without soap)

For you lazy heads out there! Here’s another quick way to make your canvas shoes look as good as new. This method is especially recommended for white canvas sneakers. Nevertheless, you can follow it up with others as well:

Mix one tablespoon of baking soda, vinegar, and warm water each. Blend them using a toothbrush until it becomes a paste-like texture. Apply it on the upper surface of your white sneakers and let it dry for some time.

Once everything is done, assemble the distorted parts of your canvas shoes, and you’re ready to show off your kick in your Instagram pictures like one of those proactive influencers! 

Pro tip: Use disinfectant to get rid of bacterial or fungal activity and to avoid foul smell. It is advisable to give a regular bubble bath to your canvas shoes to make them look intact for a long time. For being there for us whenever we need them, our go-to savior deserves this treatment after all.

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