When it comes to shoes, there are few materials that are as durable and versatile as canvas! Canvas shoes come in many different styles and sizes, and look great on people of all ages! But while there are many advantages to canvas shoes, the one drawback I’ve found is that they really tend to show off dirt and scuff marks after a while. But with a good cleaning, you can make them look almost as good as new!
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The tricky thing about cleaning canvas shoes is that it needs to be done gently. Many people choose to machine-wash their canvas shoes, which is quick and easy but isn’t without risks. Machine-washing canvas shoes can lead to discoloration, and even weaken the glue that holds them together. So while hand-washing your shoes may take a bit longer, it’s the best way to make sure your shoes last as long as possible! And honestly, it doesn’t even take that much time or effort. You’ll have your shoes looking good as new in no time! Here’s how it’s done.
How To Safely Clean Canvas Shoes
- Warm water
- Mild laundry detergent
- Scrub brush or toothbrush
- Newspaper or paper bags
- Magic eraser
Start by removing the laces from the shoes. You can wash these with your laundry to clean them (but it’s best to put them in a mesh bag first to make sure they don’t end up in a tangled mess!) If they don’t come clean or if they are in rough shape, you may want to replace them with a new pair.
Next, use a scrub brush to brush off any loose dust and dirt from your shoes. Then fill a bucket with warm water and add a tablespoon or two of mild laundry detergent. Swirl the water around until the detergent has dissolved or is well incorporated.
Dip your scrub brush into the soapy water and scrub the outside of your shoes, including the soles. Use the water to gently rinse the dirt and debris off your shoes, but avoid submerging the shoes entirely.
Then dampen your magic eraser and use it to scrub away any dirt or marks off the soles and any other non-fabric parts of your shoes. It works wonderfully and will go a long way towards making your shoes look cleaner and newer!
Rinse any remaining soap or dirt from the shoes using clean warm water. Then use a towel to absorb any excess water from the shoes, and set them somewhere warm to dry completely.
Ball up some newspaper or paper bags and stuff them inside your shoes to help keep their shape while they dry.
Once your shoes and laces have dried completely, put the laces back in and go show off your fresh and clean kicks! :-)