How to Clean Converse

If you know me, you know I have A LOT of Converse (16 pairs to be exact). Converse are versatile and work well on my feet. I wear them out and take care of them.

That being said, I was helping a friend with a project over the weekend, and I was wearing a new pair of Converse, and they got some mud on them. I was upset because this was only the second time I had worn them.

When I got home, I started looking up ways to clean my Converse, which are canvas. Some sites recommended throwing them in the washer on a gentle cycle. I didn’t like that option. So I looked for others.

The problem that I encountered as I searched: most tips were for white Converse. This pair was not white. What’s the difference you may ask? Well, most of those sites were including a bleaching aspect. No thanks. I’d rather not bleach my brightly colored Converse.

After some searching, I found this post. It worked on those Converse! So then I did it on a couple other pairs to include pictures in the tutorial. Now, with the pair used for the tutorial, it didn’t do as well as it did for the new pair. But, to be fair, the tutorial pair are almost 6 years old.


You will need:

  • Warm water
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Sink/ Bucket/ Bowl
  • Nylon Bristle Brush
  • Newspapers/ filler of some kind


  1. Remove the laces. Laces can then be thrown in the washer (I’ve seen recommendations on using a mesh bag to avoid tangling. Because I was lazy, I just soaked my laces in the mixture). Let laces air dry when done.
  2. Fill your receptacle with warm water and about a tablespoon or two of laundry detergent.
  3. Swirl the mixture around until the detergent is incorporated. undefined
  4. Take your bristle brush, dunk it into the mixture, and scrub the shoes. This works on both the canvas and the rubber runner.
  5. Stuff your shoes with filler like newspaper (I used plastic bags) so they don’t warp and let your shoes air dry.
  6. Relace your shoes and you’re done!

Before and after! Again, I couldn’t get everything because of age stains, but there is a pretty big difference.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Feel free to use it on your Converse (or other canvas) shoes!

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