How to clean white Converse

Jul. 05, 2016 12:51 PM PDT
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White shoes have always looked angelic and charming. Whenever you wish to add a touch of elegance and refinement to your appearance, complete your look with white footwear. On the other hand, white footwear may be hard to manage and keep clean. White is perfect as your good-looks booster and as a stain and scuff enhancer. When it comes your white converse, the situation is the same. They are graceful, yet prone to intensive staining. How to clean white converse to restore their tiptop white look? Several life hacks can save you from much trouble with your favorite white converse. Before you apply any cleaning method, remove the laces. That will expose as much canvas as possible, and it will allow you to reach all the nooks and crannies of your shoes. Your laces can never again be as white as they were right after the purchase, so you may consider getting a new pair of laces instead of cleaning them. In case you have a go with cleaning, soak them in soapy water for some time and try to rub out all the stains and dirt while they are still foamy. Then rinse them and air dry them. If they get tangled or creased, you may iron them at low temperature while they are still wet. This way you’ll kill two birds with one stone: your laces will come out even and neat while the drying process gets speeded up with the iron.

1. The first step towards white-clean converse is getting them wet. Rinse the shoes under tap water thoroughly or drench them in a basket full of cold water. All that dirt needs to soften so this step is the crucial one for this cleaning process.

2. Make a domestic cleaning paste. Mix two parts baking soda and three parts white vinegar. Be careful with the vinegar: red wine vinegar may leave your converse with stains, so take care! Mixing soda and vinegar gets pretty fizzy, and that is an expected chemical reaction you need not be afraid of it. It’ll fizz for less than a minute, and that’s it: your cleaning paste is ready!

3. Scrub the paste all over the shoes with a clean toothbrush. Focus on dirty areas. Pay more attention to stubborn stains and filthy places. Try to rub out all the scuff from the canvas and the rubber as well.

4. After you’re done with the rubbing and scrubbing, move on to rinsing. Rinse abundantly with cold water under the tap or in the washing machine. You can put the shoes in the full cycle without detergents just to let them get thoroughly rinsed. Don’t forget to prevent bumping and crashing inside the machine. Wrap your converse in some towels to make the rinsing process softer both for your shoes and your ears.

5. The final step is drying. Dry naturally - in the air in the natural shade. Avoid exposure to the direct sunlight for a longer time. The sun can be a mild bleaching agent while it can leave yellowish stains on the canvas and the rubber at the same time. Avoid the sun’s heat when the sun is at its peak. After all these steps, your white converse are stark white again, and your satisfaction with their radiance is successfully restored. Just be sure to follow all the above steps and be careful no to skip any of them. Good luck with your again shiny converse shoes!

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