Shoes are an essential part of everyone’s lifestyle. We have dedicated shoes for different purposes and the canvas footwear makes the best choice for those having an active lifestyle. These casual shoes are preferred for light physical activities or wherever you want to go in casual style. These may come in different styles and colors.
Canvas shoes are always designed to give a comfortable structure and a perfect colored upper to give you a casual feel. A range of colored canvasses is used in designing the shoes and sometimes they may use in plain white or black or just single colored top. You must know how to clean colored canvas shoes as every kind of shoes requires cleaning and maintenance. White shoes may need more cleaning than dark-colored canvas shoes but cleaning white shoes is easier as you can use a bleaching agent to remove stains.
But the colored canvas shoes require more care as you may not use direct sunlight and bleaching agents to remove stains as it may cause fade on colored shoe top. You need to be careful this time in choosing the right cleaning methods and cleaning agents so that the integrity of the color remains intact.
You need to be a thorough professional here and this is something that you will be doing after every few days or whenever shoe cleaning is warranted. It is therefore important to have the following canvas shoes cleaning stuff ready at home:
- Cleaning brush with nylon bristles (You may also use an old toothbrush as a replacement)
- Dishwashing liquid soap, laundry detergent or a specific cleaner for fabric and suede that is free from bleaching agents
- Nylon material scrubbing pad
- Plain paper
- Baking Soda
Tip and Methods for Cleaning Colored Canvas Shoes
We are going to share some detailed steps to follow to clean your colored canvases shoes in the safest way so that you will not lose its looks and color and will get the shoes clean and dried easily.
If you find your colored canvas shoes quite dirty with mud or dirt stuck underneath or anywhere around the shoes, then begin by its initial cleaning.
Before you can take any step, just for some time for the mud to dry up. Then begin by smacking your canvas shoes to knock off all that loose dirt.
You may also tap the soles of the pair together over a newspaper or a wastebasket to do the same. Then you may use a damp cloth for treating any dirt or mud that remains.
Washing and Rinsing
Before you begin here, make sure to remove the laces and wash them separately. Laces should be washed properly as well or otherwise, your nicely cleaned canvas shoes would make a very striking contrast with your dirty shoelaces.
After removing your laces and washing them separately, rinse your canvas shoes both inside and out with warm water. Start scrubbing the footwear insides, outsides, and also the liners very gently with a toothbrush or soft cleaning brush. Rinse it afterward with cool water.
If you see any scuff marks that remain there, then start scrubbing them using a nylon pad. Be sure to be gentle with your scrubbing strokes. Rinse the shoes again. If the liners of the shoes still have the foot odor then rub that using water and baking soda.
Tip: Many people get desired results while machine washing their colored canvas shoes. However, experts discourage machine washing of canvas shoes as it can simply break down the adhesive, which is used for gluing the canvas footwear together.
The Colored Canvas Footwear and it is Special Detailing
Make sure that you always use a non-bleach soap when washing your colored canvas shoes. To be sure about the compatibility of the soap with the stuff of the canvas, do a spot test? Such a small spot test would assure you about the cleaning mixture not fading out the color of the canvas shoes.
Once you are done with all cleaning or washing of your canvas shoes then shake off all the excess water from the footwear. You can stuff the shoes than with some brown crumpled paper bags or white office paper or maybe paper towels as well. This would help in absorbing the moisture from the shoes and help in maintaining their shape.
Tip: Make sure that you do not use any colored paper or even newspaper for the mentioned purpose or it may just transfer the color on your shoes.
Once the shoes have dried up completely then replace the inserts along with the laundered laces. If you still see any stain then just dab it lightly with liquid shoe polish.
Tip: You may also think about spraying the top side of your colored canvas shoes with a fabric protector. However, you must first refer to the care instructions of your canvas shoes that come with the product tag.
Winding Up Our Discussion:
Colored canvas shoe cleaning is a very delicate matter. Any wrong selection of washing agents or even a hard cleaning brush could completely damage your shoes.
You need to be careful because you have to clean the shoes, remove the dirt chunks from the canvas top, and maintain the color as well. For this purpose use delicate cleaning agents that are safe to use on colored canvas.
It is better to wash your colored canvas shoes by hand and then air dry them. Make sure you avoid washing them directly into your washing machine as your shoe may get deformed and discolored if necessary steps are not taken for cleaning the shoes properly.
Fabric protectors may be sprayed for getting the best results before you wear them again after the wash. It is better to avoid frequent washing of the canvas shoes and keep your shoes clean and cared for by avoiding dirt and stains. If in any way dirt comes on them you may follow the above steps to get the best results on your shoes without damaging them.