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How to clean white trainers

Look no further for some top tips on how to get stains out of white trainers.


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By Cleanipedia Team

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Key Steps

  • Get rid of dirt on your shoes’ soles using an old toothbrush and a little baking soda.

  • Check your shoes for washing instructions.

  • Wash them in the washing machine at 30°C.

  • Use detergent to lift stains on your white shoes using a soft toothbrush.

  • Let your shoes dry naturally in the sun as UV is a natural stain remover    

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. For more help on shoe care, read our articles on how to clean shoelaces and how to remove bad smells from shoes.

Time for a new toothbrush? Keep your old one for stain removal jobs like cleaning white canvas shoes – just don’t keep it in the bathroom to avoid getting your toothbrushes mixed up!

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

  • Water

  • Old toothbrush

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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:

  1. Create a paste using one tablespoon baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 tablespoon warm water.

  2. Use an old toothbrush to gently rub the mixture into the stains.

  3. Allow the solution to work on the stains for around thirty minutes.

  4. 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.

  1. Make sure you knock off any loose dirt or grass before cleaning. You may want to use an old toothbrush and warm water to clean the soles before putting your shoes in the washing machine.

  2. Always wash shoes at 30°C to avoid damaging them.

  3. Dry your shoes outside in the sun, as UV is a natural whitener and stain remover.

  4. Stuff old newspapers inside your shoes to soak up the moisture and speed up the drying process.

For white shoes which can't be machine-washed, using Cleankit's Mat Wipes, will help remove bacteria and dirt, without having to wait too long for them to dry. For the inside of white shoes, using a dry wash spray, like one from Cleankit, will freshen up the insides and eliminate any odours.

Now that you know how to clean white shoes, you can be sure to always keep your white shoes looking as good as new!

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