How To Clean Canvas Vans

Cleaning your favorite pair of canvas Vans can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’ve found your once crisp, white Vans have turned a not-so-appealing shade of brown, don’t fret. This guide will walk you through the steps to get your Vans looking as good as new.

Materials You Will Need

  • Warm Water
  • Gentle Soap or Detergent
  • Soft Toothbrush or Cleaning Brush
  • Soft Cloth or Sponge
  • White Vinegar or Baking Soda (for tougher stains)

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

Step 1: Remove the Laces

Start by removing the laces from your Vans. This will allow you to clean them separately and reach the tongue and eyelets of the shoes more easily. You can clean the laces by soaking them in soapy water, then rinsing and letting them air dry.

Step 2: Brush Off Excess Dirt

Before you get your shoes wet, use the brush to remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface of the shoes. This will make the wet cleaning process much easier and more effective.

Step 3: Prepare Your Cleaning Solution

Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing warm water with a small amount of gentle soap or detergent. For a standard sized bucket or sink, a couple of tablespoons of soap should suffice.

Step 4: Scrub Your Shoes

Use the cleaning brush or toothbrush to apply the cleaning solution to your shoes. Scrub the canvas gently in a circular motion, paying extra attention to any stained areas. A toothbrush can be particularly helpful for cleaning the rubber sole and any hard-to-reach areas.

Step 5: Rinse and Dry

Once you’ve thoroughly scrubbed your shoes, rinse them under warm water to remove the soap. Be sure not to soak the shoes, as this can cause them to lose their shape. Once rinsed, gently pat them dry with a soft cloth or towel, then let them air dry fully.

Dealing with Stubborn Stains

If your Vans are suffering from persistent stains, a stronger cleaning solution may be necessary. A paste made from equal parts baking soda and vinegar can be applied to the stained area and left to sit for 15-20 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing. This should help to lift and remove tougher stains.

Remember, canvas Vans are not designed to be machine washed, so always use this hand cleaning method to keep your Vans looking their best.

With this step by step guide, your canvas Vans can look fresh and clean in no time. So don’t let a little dirt hold you back from stepping out in style!