We’ve been in the shoe business for a long time. We get certain questions thrown at us a lot, (do you really have a year to return shoes, how do you pronounce schuh; that type of thing) but one thing that always comes up on a regular basis is – how do you clean white Converse? With us being so obliging and all, we decided to show you the best way.

One of our most popular styles, classic white Converse trainers are pretty much a wardrobe staple for everyone who’s anyone.

If you’re a fan of keeping your sneaks looking box fresh, then we understand the pain of stepping outside into a nasty puddle, getting mud splattered or any other type of unpleasantness.

Cleaning white Converse is no mean feat. Bleaching the material can often turn it yellow (and not a nice sunshine yellow, a yucky “ew what is that” type yellow) and the washing machine should be avoided AT ALL COSTS unless you want to send your favourite trainers to trainer heaven – also known as the bin.

All you’ll need for this handy tutorial is –

  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Washing up liquid
  • Stain remover
  • Water
  • A sponge
  • Brushes  (a nail brush and a tooth brush 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 Australia 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 a 5-10 minutes.
Wash off using the brushes.
Repeat on the other shoe.
Leave to dry in a warm place.
Pop back in the laces.