Adrian asked, “How do you take off stains [from white canvas shoes]?”
White shoes can stain easily, but they also can be easily cleaned. Keep reading to learn how to restore your shoes to a bright white. These same cleaning solutions can be used on colored canvas shoes as well, but be sure to test each one on a hidden area first, such as under the tongue or lip of the shoe, as they may cause the colors to bleed or bleach.
You Will Need:
- A toothbrush
- A nail brush
- Dish soap
- Nail polish remover
- Oxygen bleach
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- For dirt stains, place some shampoo on a toothbrush or nail brush and scrub the dirt stain. Use a wet sponge to wipe away the shampoo residue.¹
- For grass stains, make a soapy solution with dish soap and water. Dip a nail brush or toothbrush in the solution and scrub the stain away.² If any stain remains, you can use nail polish remover as described in the next step.
- For grease stains or tar, use nail polish remover.³ Dip a cotton ball or cotton swab in nail polish remover and rub the stain until it is removed.⁴It is best to use a clear nail polish remover to avoid any potential staining from the dyes in colored solutions. Nail polish remover can also be used to remove any grass stains.⁴
- General stains –oxygen bleach can be used to remove some kinds of stains from canvas shoes. Apply the oxygen bleach to a damp nail brush or toothbrush and scrub the stain until it is removed.⁵
Additional Tips and Advice
- Surface dirt can be cleaned from shoes with Lincoln EZ Cleaner.⁵
- To brighten white canvas shoes, sprinkle talcum powder on a dry nail brush and scrub the canvas.⁶
- Wipe white shoes with a cloth dipped in diluted ammonia for a general cleaning if needed.⁶
- Be sure to only use ammonia in a well ventilated area. For more ammonia safety information, see Wikipedia.
- 101 Essential Tips for Removing Stains by Cassandra Kent
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- Haley’s Hints by Graham and Rosemary Haley
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- Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
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