How To Clean Canvas

Canvas, being a durable and versatile material, is commonly used in a variety of products like backpacks, shoes, hats, and tents. However, over time, these items can accumulate dirt and grime. So, how do you clean canvas effectively without damaging the material? In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to clean your canvas items and restore them to their former glory!

What You’ll Need

  • A soft brush (an old toothbrush works great)
  • Mild detergent
  • Clean, lukewarm water
  • A clean towel

Steps to Clean Canvas

Before you dive into the cleaning process, make sure to remove any loose dirt or debris from the canvas item using the soft brush. This initial step prevents any potential scratches or damage caused by hard particles.

Step 1: Mix Detergent and Water

Create a soapy solution by mixing a small amount of mild detergent with lukewarm water. The ideal ratio is half a teaspoon of detergent to one cup of water.

Step 2: Spot Test

Before applying the cleaning solution to the entire canvas, do a small spot test on an inconspicuous area. This will ensure the detergent doesn’t affect the color or quality of the canvas.

Step 3: Clean the Canvas

Dip your soft brush into the soapy water and gently scrub the canvas. Work in small sections, moving in circular motions to effectively lift the dirt off. Ensure you don’t oversaturate the canvas, as this could lead to water stains.

Step 4: Rinse and Dry

After cleaning, rinse the canvas thoroughly under lukewarm water to remove all the detergent. To dry, pat down with a clean towel and then leave it to air dry. Avoid using a heat source to quicken the drying process, as this can cause the canvas to shrink.


Cleaning canvas doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these steps, you can keep your canvas items looking fresh and in good condition. Remember, regular maintenance is the key to extend the lifespan of your canvas products.