Learning how to clean your Converse shoes is a task that many people feel cautious about approaching because of the value of these shoes. However, there are a few ways that they can be scrubbed clean easily – remember, they are mainly made out of canvas, which is just a thick fabric.
To clean your Converse you will need:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Hot water
- An old toothbrush
- First, try hand washing. This is a good first step to try because you won’t be risking ruining the integrity of the shoes unless you absolutely have to. Mix together one part baking soda, one part white vinegar, and one part hot water. Remove the laces from your Converse and scrub the mixture into the dirty fabric. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse away and find a pair of clean Converse under that dirt! Always let your freshly cleaned Converse air dry, as heat from a dryer can damage the rubber soles.
- If hand washing doesn’t work then machine washing is always an option. There are just a few safety rules to use while doing this. One, put the Converse in with a load of clothes. Preferably heavier ones such as jeans. This will prevent them from getting bashed around too much, and will help clean them. Two, use cold water at first and only progress onto higher ones if the stain doesn’t come out. And three, don’t use bleach. As it will discolor not only the canvas – but the rubber as well.
- When you are drying your clean Converse shoes remember to never put them in the dryer. The rubber is easily susceptible to heat, and could become disconnected or destroyed in the dryer. Always air dry your shoes, and to help keep their shape stuff the toe with plastic grocery bags. Cleaning Converse is a process that just has a few rules, but is actually quite easy to do. And it will always feel nice to walk around in a pair of freshly cleaned Converse – they'll feel like they did the first day you got them.