How To Clean Your White Chuck Taylor All Stars

Above: Learn how to clean your white Converse shoes (Photo: Shutterstock/Rock and Wasp)

There’s nothing better than a fresh, clean pair of white Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. Crisp, clean and understated. Over the years, the versatile white canvas number has become a true menswear staple.

But, like any white sneaker they are destined to get dirty. Thankfully, cleaning your white Converse kicks is fairly easy. Follow these tried-and-tested steps to get your white Converse shoes looking brand new.

Step 1: Remove Your Shoelaces

Removing your shoelaces will make it easier to thoroughly clean your Chucks. Simply remove your shoe laces and then let them soak separately in a small container filled with warm water and a bit of detergent.

Step 2: Rinse In Cold Water

Drench your white Chucks in cold water (cold water prevents any stains from setting in or any colours from running). You can either rinse them under a running faucet or put them into a large bucket or basin of cold water.

Step 3: Make A Paste With Baking Soda And Vinegar

Next? Mix two parts baking soda with three parts vinegar in a glass or plastic bowl to create a thin, foamy paste. Note: Do not use a metal bowl or spoon during the process. Metal will react negatively to the vinegar. Need an alternative to baking soda and vinegar? Trying using powder laundry detergent or liquid laundry detergent.

Step 4: Scrub Away

Thoroughly scrub the white fabric on your Chucks with the baking soda/vinegar paste (or detergent) using a clean toothbrush or nail brush. Make sure you scrub the entire canvas surface of the shoes, focusing on any dirty areas.

Step 5: Rinse In Cold Water

Rinse the paste off of your Chucks with cold water.

Step 6: Toss Your Chucks Into The Washing Machine

Place your Chucks inside the washing machine with detergent. Run the machine on a full cycle with cold water. If you are worried about your shoes banging around the washing machine, then you can wrap them in a laundry bag before placing them in the machine.

Step 7: Air Dry

Post washing machine? Let your Chucks air dry and do not place them in the dryer or near excessive heat. The heat will result in the shoes losing their shape.

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  1. Avatar
    • Elijah Boydan
    • October 4, 2017

    WHat exactly is the vinegar-to-baking soda ratio? And could I use apple cider vinegar?

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    • Jethro
    • January 3, 2018

    Does it also work on counter climate white converse?

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