How to Clean White Converse Fabric

By Mary Smith. Updated: June 1, 2017
How to Clean White Converse Fabric

Converse Sneakers or All Star in White color are today among the most popular because they allow combining with many clothes, wearing them every day, for sports, etc. The fact that we use our white converse so much means that they get dirty very quickly and sometimes it can be difficult to get them back to their original state and need a good wash. In this OneHowTo article we explain some tips on how to clean white converse fabric so that they shine.

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When you wash white converse, we recommend that the first thing you do, no matter what method you use, is to shake them and remove traces of soil and other dirt from the soles. If you like you can use a shoe brush to make sure there isn't any dirt that can be removed without any liquid.

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In the case of dirt on the surface or the rubber part of the shoe, you can try to remove it with the help of a wet wipe, such as those used for baby hygiene. This will wash out the most superficial but dark dirt on your white Converse.

Use mild soap

This first method to clean white converse is especially useful to remove dirt that has sunk into the fabric of your white Converse, you can try washing it with a mixture of water and mild soap or a dishwasher cleaner, which will give you the same effect. You should apply it with the help of a toothbrush or similar, carefully scrubbing in circular movements.

Wash the soap off with lukewarm water to make sure there are no remnants left.

How to Clean White Converse Fabric - Use mild soap

Clean white converse with ammonia

Also for the most stubborn stains on your Converse fabric, you can try to remove them by adding a bit of ammonia to the mixture mentioned above,although you should make sure you are using mild soap so you don't get an unwanted reaction. It is important to let your sneakers dry in the shade and never in the sun to prevent spotting or turning them yellow.

Clean white Converse in the washing machine

Although the manufacturer does not recommend it, and doing so will make your White All Star shoes deteriorate more quickly, to clean them thoroughly you can put them in the washing machine. To do this, we recommend removing the laces and, if there are any, the insoles. It will also be necessary to use a short, wash in cold water and a gentle spin program. Add a little hydrogen peroxide and liquid stain remover for an pearly white effect.

How to Clean White Converse Fabric - Clean white Converse in the washing machine

Clean white converse with borax

Another method that is quite popular when it comes to cleaning white converse fabric is to use borax to get them to their original sparking white color. To do so, remove the laces and insoles. Heat up some water and, when warm, add one teaspoonful of borax. Leave it to stand for two or there hours.

Next, put your converse in the washing machine, and add the water and borax mixture directly in the drum with your sneakers and wash on a duct cycle. Once the cycle is over, contrary to other methods, it's recommended to dry them out in a sunny spot to increase the whitening effect.

Clean white converse with baking soda

Baking soda is a common household ingredient that has many uses, such as getting rid of stains. If your white converse are stained, especially with oily substances, then this is a good option for you.

In this case we'll boil just one tablespoon of water and mix with one tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoonful of baking soda. Mix well until you get a homogeneous paste. The, apply on the dirty area and use a brush or toothbrush to scrub, creating circular movements. Rinse off the paste with some warm water and let it dry in an aired area, but not under direct sunlight.

Clean white converse with hydrogen peroxide

We have all heard of the immediate whitening effects of hydrogen peroxide, so why not use it to clean and whiten your converse sneakers? In this case, we'll also make use of the efficiency of baking soda too.

To create this home remedy, you'll need to warm half a tablespoon of water and mix it with equal parts of hydrogen peroxide as well as one tablespoonful of baking soda. Once you have created this mixture. Apply on your sneakers with a toothbrush and let it stand for around 15 to 20 minutes. Once this time has passed, make sure you clean it all off properly with lukewarm water.

Clean white converse with toothpaste

This method is only recommended to clean those difficult stains and spots that are stubborn and won't come out, as it's a bit tricky to use toothpaste on your whole sneaker. Make sure you use completely white toothpaste and one that does not have microbeads in either.

The first step is to apply the toothpaste on the area where the stain is, making sure it's completely covered. Then, wait for around ten minutes and scrape the toothpaste off with a warm, damp towel, making sure there are no remnants that remain on the sneaker.

When drying white Converse fabric, we recommend doing so outdoors instead of putting them in the dryer as they may shrink or deteriorate.

If you want to clean the laces deeply, you should dip them in a bottle of stain-remover liquid for 30 seconds each time. Dry with a towel and leave to air until totally dry.

Make your Converse shoes look new again with this article and, if your rubber soles are dirty too, learn how to clean converse rubber.

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  • Be careful with your Converse or All Star so they don't deteriorate or turn yellow.

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I burnt my white converse,I was trying to dry them in an oven but they got can I turn them white again?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Chisengah,

If you have burnt the fabric, it is different to getting a stain. You have changed the physical makeup of the material and you cannot unburn it. However, you can try bleaching or dying them white to see if it returns the color. However, white Converse are going to get dirty and maybe some burn marks will have a shabby-chic look?
I spilt windex on my white converse fabric and I can't get it off what do I do?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Maddy,
Have you tried the options mentioned in the article?
Let us know so we can help you further if they haven't worked.
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