Wash Canvas

Canvas is a durable and versatile material used in various products like bags, shoes, tents, and sails. Over time, these items can accumulate dirt, stains, and grime, requiring a good clean. However, improper cleaning can cause the canvas to shrink, warp, or lose its color. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to properly wash canvas.

Materials Needed

  • Mild detergent
  • Warm water
  • Soft brush
  • Towel
  • Air-dry location


Step 1: Dry Brushing

Start by brushing off any loose dirt or debris on your canvas item using a soft brush. This step helps prevent the dirt from seeping further into the fabric when it gets wet.

Step 2: Preparing the Cleaning Solution

In a bucket or large bowl, mix a mild detergent with warm water. For the best result, adhere to the ratio of “1 tablespoon of detergent for every 4 cups of warm water“. Too much soap can leave residue on the canvas which is hard to remove.

Step 3: Cleaning

Dip your soft brush into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the canvas. Pay extra attention to noticeably stained areas. Always scrub in a circular motion to avoid damaging the canvas material.

Step 4: Rinsing

Rinse the canvas thoroughly with clean water to ensure that no soapy water remains. If not rinsed properly, the soap residue can cause discoloration or spots on the canvas.

Step 5: Drying

After rinsing, blot the canvas with a clean towel to remove excess water and then let it air dry. Never use a machine dryer or apply direct heat to dry canvas as it could cause the material to shrink or warp.

Important Tips

Always test your cleaning solution on a small, hidden area first to ensure it does not discolor the canvas. Additionally, if your canvas item has leather trims or attachments, avoid getting them wet as water can damage leather.

Now that you know the proper way to clean your canvas items, you can keep them looking as good as new for much longer. Happy cleaning!