How Clean Canvas Shoes

Despite the versatile, timeless and chic nature of canvas shoes, these comfortable foot-wears can be a magnet for dirt and stains. However, with just a little time and the right cleaning techniques, your canvas shoes can look brand new again! In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of cleaning your canvas shoes.

Materials Needed

  • Warm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • A soft brush (an old toothbrush works great)
  • Soft cloths or towels


First, remove the laces from your shoes. If the laces are dirty, they can be cleaned separately by either soaking them in warm soapy water or throwing them in the washing machine.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

Step 1: Dry Brushing

Begin by using a dry brush to remove any loose dirt or debris from the shoes. Make sure you brush the entire surface of the shoes, not forgetting the soles.

Step 2: Prepare a Cleaning Solution

Next, create a cleaning solution. Add a few drops of mild dish soap to a bowl of warm water. Stir until it’s well mixed.

Step 3: Start Scrubbing

Dip your soft brush into the cleaning solution and then gently scrub the shoes. Scrub in a circular motion, starting from the top and working your way down to the soles.

Step 4: Rinse and Dry

Once you’ve scrubbed every part of the shoes, rinse them off with warm water. Then, use a soft cloth or towel to blot the shoes dry.

Step 5: Air Dry

Finally, let the shoes air-dry in a well-ventilated area but avoid placing them in direct sunlight or near a heat source as it can warp the shape of the shoe.

Tips and Warnings

  • For stubborn stains, you can use a baking soda and vinegar mixture. Apply the mixture to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it off.
  • Do not put canvas shoes in the washing machine or dryer as it can damage the shoe’s shape and fabric.


With these steps, your canvas shoes will be as good as new! Remember, regular cleaning can help to extend the life of your shoes, keeping them looking fresh and stylish.