No one buys white shoes with the expectation that they will remain brilliant and free of grime indefinitely. However, when the usual spills, stains, and scuffs occur, it is only natural to hope that you can restore them to their original condition.

Carolyn Forte, head of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Cleaning Lab, recommends that you hand wash dirty or discolored canvas shoes instead of throwing them in the washing machine to avoid damaging the shoes. Your shoes may be damaged if you use the machine in an excessively harsh manner. When working with leather, it is best to avoid using the machine altogether.

Even Converse and Nike expressly advise their customers against washing or drying their sneakers in the washing machine or drying rack. Adidas also recommended that you clean your sneakers yourself. The good news is that it is really simple to accomplish at home, and you most likely already have all of the necessary equipment on hand. Here’s everything you’ll need to get started:

White Canvas Sneakers: How to Care for Them

Follow these procedures to restore the beautiful white color of white canvas sneakers like Vans or Converse:

Follow these methods to get a dazzling white color:

  1. Untie and remove the shoelaces.
  2. Use a soft brush to remove loose dirt, including along the rubber edge and tongue.
  3. Mix a few drops of dish soap, like Dawn, into a cup of warm water.
  4. Dip a cloth or soft brush into the soapy water and gently go over both shoes.
  5. Clean rubber soles and sides with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
  6. Wet another cloth with plain water and wipe the shoes to rinse.
  7. Stuff the sneakers with white paper towels to absorb moisture and maintain the shape.
  8. Let the shoes dry at room temperature

White Leather Sneakers: How to Care for Them

Clean White Shoes

Follow the same procedure for leather shoes, such as white Adidas or Nike sneakers:

  1. Untie and remove the shoelaces.
  2. Use a soft brush to brush off loose dust and dirt.
  3. Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid, like Dawn, into a cup of warm water.
  4. Dip a cloth or soft brush into the soapy water and gently go over the entire shoe.
  5. Clean rubber soles and sides with GH Seal Star Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
  6. Wet a cloth with plain water and wipe the shoes to rinse them.
  7. Stuff the sneakers with white paper towels to absorb moisture and maintain the shape.
  8. After they dry at room temperature, apply a leather conditioner, like Furniture Clinic Leather Protection Cream to help keep the shoes soft and supple.

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