How To Clean Canvas Shoes (A Step-By-Step Guide)

How To Clean Canvas Shoes (A Step-By-Step Guide)

You just bought a new pair of shoes. You’re excited to go out with your friends and show them off, but then… you step in some mud. 

Nothing’s more frustrating than getting your shoes dirty. Unfortunately, over time, canvas shoes will collect dirt and dust which take away from their appearance.

So, how do you clean canvas shoes?

Let’s take a look!

What You’ll Need

Before you can start cleaning your canvas shoes, you’ll need to make sure you have the right supplies. 

To follow the steps below, you’ll need:

  • A large bowl filled with warm water.
  • 1 Scoop of laundry detergent.
  • Scrubbing brush.
  • Toothbrush.
  • White toothpaste or stain remover.

1. Fill A Large Bowl With Warm Water

First, find a bowl large enough to fit at least one shoe at a time. Fill it up with warm water. Be careful not to fill it too full or else water will spill over the sides when you add the shoe. It’s best if the bowl is large enough so that the shoe can be completely submerged in the water. 

2. Add Laundry Detergent to The Water

Next, add some laundry detergent to the bowl of water and mix it thoroughly. Any detergent powder or liquid will do. If you use powder, one scoop should be enough. For liquid, about 30ml will suffice. 

3. Place Shoes in The Bowl

Now, let your shoes soak in the mixture of warm water and laundry detergent for about five minutes. This will help raise the dirt and grime out of the canvas to make it easier to scrub out.

4. Gently Scrub The Exterior Of The Shoe With a Brush

Using a brush, begin scrubbing any dirt spots on the shoe. For best results, scrub in a circular motion. 

5. Use a Toothbrush, Toothpaste, And/Or Stain-Remover To Scrub Stains

Believe it or not, toothpaste can actually help remove stains from your shoes. Conventional stain-removers will work as well. 

Apply the toothpaste or stain-remover to any stains or tough dirt spots on the shoe. Then, use a circular motion to scrub the area with the toothbrush. 

6. Rinse Shoes With Clean Water

Now, rinse the detergent, stain-remover, and foam from the shoe with clean water.

7. Dry Naturally

If you have the time, it’s best to let shoes dry naturally. You can put them outside in the shade and they should be dry within a few hours. 

If you’re in a rush, some shoes can go in the dryer - just make sure to check the product information to verify if your shoes are safe for machine drying first. 

Time To Upgrade Your Footwear?

UIN offers a range of stylish footwear. All of our unique patterns are created using Inkjet technology, so they always look new!

UIN shoes are easy to clean, lightweight, and extremely comfortable. 

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  • Amy Richardson

    I’ve had my Uins for a couple years, primarily worn indoors, and they were looking a little discolored on the sides and on the toes. These instructions worked great for removing discoloration, especially the toothpaste trick. They look brand new! I took out the inner liner and washed separately, to get out any dirt caught in between. Great shoes!!!

  • Lisa Kelly

    I love my fish mules, so much that I have worn them out and would like to get a new pair with a different design but sadly all the designs I like are don’t available in my size. Will these shoes ever be restocked? The ones available in my size I am not that crazy about, I don’t even have a corgi 😂

  • Jane Burke

    Would love an answer to the question whether it would be safe to use ScotchGuard on the shoes.

  • Mary Schwindt

    I am SO tired of the extremely limited selection of women’s shoes in size 10.5 N. I LOVE your shoes but am afraid they’ll be to wide for me. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Christy Martin

    Love these shoes. I have 4 pair. Just ordered a pair of unicorns for my granddaughters upcoming birthday. I was mine in the washer on cold, in a mesh lingerie bag and air dry. No running of colors at all. Did I say I love these shoes😁 Get so many compliments and strangers asking for the manufacturer name. I think we should be given a code to pass on so we can earn discounts for future pairs.

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