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How to clean Vans

Freshen up your sneakers with our tips and tricks for how to clean Vans.


a pair of blue checkered Vans

Key steps:

Learn how to clean Old Skool Vans with these simple steps:

  1. Remove loose dirt from your shoes.

  2. Wash your Vans with a little laundry detergent and water.

  3. Wipe with a damp cloth.

  4. Keep your shoes out of direct sunlight when drying them to stop them from fading.

  5. Place them in a well-ventilated area.

  6. Fill the insides of the shoes with scrunched up newspaper, replacing it every day until the shoes are dry.

If you own a pair of Vans, you no doubt want to keep them looking fresh for as long as you can. Follow our guide and learn how to wash Vans quickly and easily so you always put your best foot forward.

Use an old toothbrush to get into all the little gaps, remove dirt, and clean the soles of your Vans.

How to clean Vans

Once you know how, cleaning Vans is actually pretty easy. Follow these steps and freshen yours up in no time:

  1. Remove any loose dirt or mud with a soft brush.

  2. Mix together a laundry detergent, such as Omo, with water.

  3. Dip a toothbrush into the solution before using it to gently clean your Vans, paying attention to any stubborn marks.

  4. Wipe down the shoe with a damp cloth before leaving it to air dry.

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You can also place your Vans inside a pillowcase and put them into the washing machine on a cold wash, setting it to a delicate cycle. Check out more tips on cleaning shoes in the washing machine to make sure you don’t damage yours.

How to clean white Vans

White Vans are the most likely to look dirty, so cleaning them is very important. Here’s how to keep them looking as white as the day you bought them:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with ½ tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide.

  • Carefully apply the mixture to the white canvas of your Vans.

  • Rinse the shoes by wiping with a damp cloth.

You can also use this tip to keep the white rubber soles of Vans and trainers looking fresh, which is key to looking after your trainers.

How to wash black Vans

When it comes to how to clean Vans, black ones are less likely to show up dirt but can be tough to clean as the colour can run. This also applies for those who need to know how to clean checkered vans without fading them.

  • We recommend only hand washing black and checkered vans to keep the colour from running.

  • Use a mild detergent such as Omo

  • Be gentle when scrubbing the canvas, and always let the Vans dry naturally and out of sunlight.

How to clean Old Skool Vans

If you’re wondering how to clean Vans, Old Skool varieties made from canvas can be cleaned either by hand or in the washing machine.

  • The inside of Old Skool Vans can be washed using a mixture of baking soda and Omo mild detergent.

  • Leave the mixture on the surface for around 15 minutes. 

  • Rinse with a damp cloth and leave to dry.

Keep your Vans looking their best by following these steps and help them to last much longer. If your shoes are clean but starting to smell, check out these tips for smelly shoes to keep them fresh!

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