Amongst many varieties and colors of converse, white converse shoes are a staple in the closet. Typically, it fixes all your styling confusions of what shoes to team up with which dress!
However, as much as it is loved, the white one gets dirty quite easily. It starts looking murky in the first couple of uses and gets filthier if you wear it in the rain. So regular clean-ups and maintenance is a must for a white converse. But, do not worry, here are some brilliant ways to clean your white converse.
And, before diving into the methods on how to clean white converse, carry out the following steps, no matter what way you choose for your cleaning.
- Remove the shoelaces.
- Wet the shoes and the laces with cold water.
How to Clean White Converse?
- Old toothbrush
- Take your shoes that you left to wet earlier. Then apply toothpaste on all the dirty spots of your shoes (Do not use any other colored toothpaste besides white. And, don’t use a gel. You must use a paste!)
- Now let it sit for about 15 minutes. Let the material of your converse absorb the paste.
- Wash-off your shoes in cold water.
- You may repeat the process if you need to.
- Then, hang your shoes to dry naturally.
Using Baking Soda and Laundry Detergent
- Laundry Detergent
- Baking Soda
- Old Toothbrush
- Take equal parts of laundry detergent and baking soda.
- Add some water to it and mix all of them together.
- You will get a smooth paste. Now, apply this paste to your shoes.
- Leave the shoes as it is for half an hour
- Then wash them with water.
- Lastly, hang them to dry in the air.
With Baking Soda and Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Hot water
- Glass bowl
- Scrubbing brush
- Old toothbrush
- Take two parts of vinegar and one part baking soda in a glass bowl.
- Add some hot water. You will get a mixture paste. You can maintain its consistency as per your need. (Add more water if you want it thinner)
- Take your shoes wet in cold water before. Now, rub the mixture all over the shoes for a few minutes.
- Use your hands to rub off stubborn dirt and stains.
- You can repeat the process if you need to.
- Finally, rinse the shoes with water.
- Then leave them to dry in air.
Cleaning with Bleach
- Baking Soda
- Liquid Bleach
- Warm water
- Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with toothpaste.
- Take about 50 ml of liquid bleach.
- Mix all the three ingredients together with some warm water and form a paste.
- Now, with an old toothbrush, apply the paste all over your shoes and let the mixture soak in for some hours.
- Rinse your shoes with cold water.
- Then, hang them dry in the air.
Using Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Warm Water
- Washing Gloves
- Old Toothbrush
- Take a tablespoon of baking soda, half a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and some warm water. Mix them properly.
- Make a paste out of it.
- Wear your washing gloves.
- Now, use an old toothbrush to apply the paste all over your shoes, or at the stained spots.
- Let it sit for thirty minutes.
- Wash them off with water.
- Repeat the procedure if you need to.
- Lastly, hang your shoes to dry in the air.
Sweeping with Lemon
- Baking soda
- Take your shoes that were wet in cold water before.
- Sprinkle baking soda all over it.
- Rub lemon on the surface of your shoes.
- Let it be for a few hours.
- Now, rinse it off in cold water.
- And, hang them to dry..
With a Nail Paint Remover/Acetone
- Nail paint remover
- Cotton pads
- Take the cotton pads to soak it in acetone or any nail paint remover.
- Now, use these pads to rub over the surface of your shoes.
- Scrub your shoes thoroughly.
- Now use powdered or liquid soap to wash them.
- You can now use your hands to toss the shoes.
- After that, wash them off, and leave them to dry naturally.
Note that using acetone or nail paint remover is not the best method of cleaning your white converse, but you can put your money on it for emergency exits.
Well, besides these, the cleaning methods also depend on what material your Converse is made from. For canvas shoes, using hydrogen peroxide is preferred more, and for leather ones, rubbing gently with baking soda is considered better.
Remember to spray stain repellent and water before your first wear and after every cleaning of your converse. You can also remove the stains and spots from the rubber trim with an eraser sponge.
Also, after cleaning, stuff your Converse sneakers with paper towels to absorb moisture and help retain the shape as they dry. Let the shoes dry at natural temperatures. (Do not use a dryer!) Once they dry, you get fresh, crisp, and brand-new-looking shoes again!
How to make your converse last longer?
Always wear your socks
Make sure you are always wearing your socks when you are wearing your converse shoes. Bare feet in your shoes lead to more stinky shoes. The inside of your shoes will have sweat and unpleasant odor. If this is regular, your shoes will get worn out soon.
Stop wearing wet shoes!
Do not wear your converse shoes if they are wet. Switch into a Slip-on shoe if the weather forecasts rain. It is because the wetness will damage your converse.
Wet and dirty converses are prone to germs resulting in an unpleasant odor. So make sure they are completely dry before you use them.
Never place a wet shoe under direct sunlight or do not machine dry, as the rubber can be weak and come off. Instead utilize the indoor warmth to dry out the shoe.
Relax the laces
Always unlace your shoes when you are not wearing them. I know it doesn’t sound appealing to lazy bones like us. But think about it! You only need five seconds to unlace your converse shoes, and ten seconds to lace them up!
These fifteen seconds could prevent your shoes from losing their shape. So get rid of the old lazy habit, and start letting your laces breathe.
Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes frequently
I can understand your utmost will to wear your favorite pair of converse every day. However, repeatedly wearing the same pair will stop your shoes from airing out. They should be left to air out for at least twenty-four hours. So it is better not to wear them more than twice a week. Also, do not wear the same pair two days in a row.
Let your shoes breathe
Shoes always get smelly. The more you use them, the smellier they get. That is why you must give your converse a chance to breathe. Try giving it a break every once in a while. You can wear other shoes on those days. (If you are a converse-junkie and wouldn’t let a day go without it).
Keep your shoes in the shade. Do not keep them under the direct sunlight, and let them breathe in some air.
Take your shoes to a repair shop.
Repair shops are the hospital of your shoes. And if you want your shoe to last long, it’s better to do some regular checkups. The shoe doctors will run through some tests, inspect the sole, stitches and material and mend it if it needs to be fixed. This will help us predict and prevent the disasters for future.
Store your shoes with a shoe tree
A shoe tree helps you keep your shoe in its original shape. So use it to store your shoes. And, in case you don’t have a shoe tree, get some tissue/soft wrapping paper/ newspaper. Then stuff it in the toe of the shoe. Remember, your shoe needs to be dry before the store.
Always keep your converse clean
Cleaning your shoes is one of the most crucial factors to make them last longer. So, when you get dirt on your shoes, clean them before it sets in. Do not procrastinate for the next day and leave the dirt there. Since we have already discussed it before, please follow the methods (required) mentioned above to clean your Converse shoes.
Is it safe to put converse in the washing machine?
Yes, it is! You can toss your converse in a washing machine on a low cycle. But, remember not to put any other garments with the shoes while washing them in the machine.
Why does the white Converse turn yellow?
Due to the build-up of dirt, sweat, stains, and rough uses, the white surface turns yellow with time. This could also be due to some detergent or soap stuck on the shoe’s surface while cleaning. The yellowness could have resulted from the unwashed soap/detergent’s chemical reaction when left to dry out in the sun.
How do you keep Converse Rubber white?
Just take a few cotton pads, and soak them up with nail paint remover/acetone. Now, rub these soaked up pads on the white rubber soles of your converse. They will come out nice, white, and shiny!
How do I clean the inside of my leather Converse?
If the inside of your converse is made from leather/synthetics, use a damp cloth to rub mild soap and warm water gently. Then rinse it off and let your shoes dry.
In case of suede material, follow the same procedure and brush away the dirt with a suede brush when dry.
Can you put converse in the dryer?
It is advised not to dry your converse with a dryer. It could lead to shrinking of your shoes and fading off its shine due to heat. So, let your converse air dry naturally unless you need it immediately.
How do you know what size to get in Converse shoes?
Carefully map out the outline of your foot on a paper. Measure from its highest point to the lowest. This gives you your shoe size for regular shoes. But, in the case of Converse, you need to size down 1 to 1.5 from what you wear in other shoes. The converse shoes fit bigger than other shoes. So, if you wear a 7 in Reebok, you should get 6 or 5.5 in Converse.
We all know it is crucial to keep our belongings well maintained and cleaned. Well, since you have thoroughly learned how to clean your white converse, why not give it a shot? Once you start cleaning it often, it will also last longer than the ones you bought before. So will you be spending your next weekend with this little project of cleaning?
Happy Cleaning, Happy Feet.