Adrian asked, “How do you take off stains [from white canvas shoes]?”
Canvas shoes can stain easily, but they also can be easily cleaned. These cleaning solutions can be used on white or colored canvas shoes, 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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