Converse shoes are very easy to pair with a wide variety of outfits. They are simple yet stylish. They are also very comfortable and versatile. In many regards, they are a shoe closet staple.
On the other hand, they get dirty very easily. The fact that they are white means they attract dirt quite easily. Moreover, the Converse material is easy to soil. As such, you need to pay special attention to avoid dirtying your shoes. But even then, you will still have to contend with dirty grime covered shoes. Cleaning dirty shoes is not the most fun thing you have to do. However, with white Converse shoes, it is an endeavor that you have to get used to very quickly.
Herein we will explore some of the best ways to clean white Converse shoes. Given that you will be cleaning your shoes on a regular basis with the goal of leaving them crisp clean after every wash, you might as well learn to clean white Converse shoes in the right manner.
Method #1. General Cleaning With Vinegar And Baking Soda
If you are looking to clean and restore the glorious white color in your Converse shoes, cleaning the shoes with a vinegar-baking soda cleaning solution will work wonders.
Making The Cleaning Paste
To make the paste, simply add vinegar (do not use red wine vinegar) and baking soda into a glass or plastic bowl until the recipe forms a foamy thin paste. Usually, 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts baking soda is sufficient enough to create the cleaning solution.
Applying The Cleaning Paste
After you have made the paste, you should wet the shoes. To this end, remove the shoelaces and set them aside. You could opt to soak the laces in soapy water to make it easier to clean them later on. After removing the laces, you should dip the shoes in cold water or drench them in cold running water.
Do not use hot water as it may cause grime to spread and set in, further staining the shoes. Additionally, using hot water might cause other colors to run, creating even larger stains.
After wetting the shoes, use a clean toothbrush to apply the cleaning paste. Dip the toothbrush into the paste and use it to scrub the entire white surface of shoes. You should pay extra attention to the various spots that have stains and grime-ridden.
Wash The Shoes
The final bit is to wash the shoes. You can rinse the paste off with cold water. Thereafter, wash the shoes in the washing machine for a full cold-water cycle. Alternatively, you can wash using a scrubbing brush with soapy cold water. Either way, this wash should thoroughly clean your shoes.
After washing the shoes, you should air dry them. Place the shoes in a sunny warm, and dry location.
Method #2. Scuff Mark Cleaning
While the above method works wonders on the general cleaning front, you might want to clean stubborn scuff marks that are proving hard to remove. Here are some different ways you can clean scuff marks on your white converse shoes.
Using Soapy Water – Using soapy water and a piece of sponge is effective in getting rid scuff marks. Moreover, you need to use non-corrosive detergents or soaps; mild soaps such as liquid dish detergent and hand soap will suffice. Simply add the detergent or soap in warm water and stir to ensure the soap mixes well. Then dip the sponge in the soapy water and rub the scuff marks in firm circular motions until the scuff disappear.
Using Bleach – Bleach is a whitening chemical that will work wonders in cleaning scuffs. However, you cannot use the solution as is; you should dilute it with water to avoid damaging the shoes. Not only is it whitening but it is also very corrosive. Generally, you should use this option in case the soapy water solution does not work. After diluting some small amount of bleach, use a clean toothbrush to scrub the scuff.
Using Toothpaste With Whitening Toothpaste – You can easily get rid of scuff marks using toothpaste with a whitening agent. To this end, apply the toothpaste on the scuff marks and scrub with a toothbrush until the scuff marks disappear.