White shoes are wardrobe essentials, but white is an easy colour to mark and stain, and over time your shoes may lose their brightness. Here you will find some top tips for how to clean white shoes as well as how to get stains out of white shoes.
What do you need for cleaning white canvas shoes and white trainers?
Before you start to clean white canvas shoes and white trainers you will need a few items:
- Old newspapers
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Old toothbrush
How to get stains out of white shoes
Getting stains out of white shoes is easier than you might thing following these four easy steps:
- Create a paste using 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 tablespoon warm water.
- Use an old toothbrush to gently rub the mixture into the stains.
- Allow the solution to work on the stains for around thirty minutes.
- Wash the shoes following the instructions on the care label.
How to clean white shoes
Following these steps will help you get your white shoes clean and as good as new – just check that they can be machine-washed before popping them in the washing machine. Before you start to clean white leather shoes, including trainers, check the label as unlike other shoe materials, leather shoes may not be suitable for washing in the washing machine.
- Make sure you knock off any loose dirt or grass before cleaning. You may want to use an old toothbrush and some Cif Power & Shine Multi-Purpose spray to clean the soles before putting your shoes in the washing machine.
- Always wash shoes at 30°C to avoid damaging them.
- If you wash your white shoes by hand, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using detergent.
- Dry your shoes outside in the sun, as UV is a natural whitener and stain remover.
- Stuff old newspapers inside your shoes to soak up the moisture and speed up the drying process.
Now that you know how to clean white shoes, you can be sure to always keep your white shoes looking as good as new!