The Converse All Star is a wardrobe staple for anyone who’s anyone. And if you’re a fan of keeping your sneakers looking box fresh, then we understand the pain of stepping outside into a puddle, getting splattered with mud, or ending up in any other kind of unpleasantness.

The good news is that Converse trainers are easy to clean. Just follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll have your Chuck Taylors looking (nearly) new in no time.

How to clean Converse trainers

Converse trainers can be cleaned by using a combination of baking soda, toothpaste, and washing up liquid in warm water with a brush to gently remove dirt and stains. Bleaching the material should be avoided as it can often turn it yellow. The washing machine should also be avoided AT ALL COSTS unless you want to send your favourite trainers to trainer heaven – also known as the bin.

Things you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Washing up liquid
  • Stain remover
  • Water
  • A sponge
  • Brushes  (a nail brush and a toothbrush will do)
  • Newspaper
  • Cloths
  • Gloves

And some elbow grease.

We hope that you find our guide super informative. We’ve put together one for UGG and Hunter too; keep your kicks looking crisp with ease. If all of this seems like too much hassle for the lazy ones amongst you, then you can shop the rest of the Converse range here instead.

 

Video transcript

You’ll Need:
Baking Soda, Toothpaste, Washing Up Liquid, Stain Remover, Water
Sponge, Brushes, Newspaper, Cloths, Rubber Gloves

Step 1 – Laces
Remove the laces.
Use 50ml each of washing up liquid, toothpaste and baking soda and mix with 200ml of warm water.
Soak the laces, leave for 2-3 hours and then hang to dry.

Step 2 – Cleaning the shoe
Sponge off any dirt with lukewarm water.
Use 50ml each of washing up liquid, toothpaste and baking soda and add a little bit of water to form a gloopy mixture.
Apply the mix to the shoe using the brushes.
Wipe off any excess with the cloth as you go.
Scrub hard!
Repeat on the other shoe.

Step 3 – Toothpaste
Apply toothpaste to the shoe, using the toothbrush.
Be generous!
Wipe off any excess toothpaste with the cloth.
Repeat on the other shoe.
Stuff with newspaper and leave to dry in a warm place.
Wash the toothpaste off using the brushes.
Repeat on the other shoe.

Step 4 – Tough stains
Prepare the stain remover, following its instructions.
Apply the remover to any tough stains.
Leave to soak for 5-10 minutes.
Wash off using the brushes.
Repeat on the other shoe.
Leave to dry in a warm place.
Pop the laces back in.