How to Clean Converse

Updated April 17, 2017

Converse sneakers consist of canvas and rubber. Although Converse sneakers wear well and still look good with a little dirt on them, like all sneakers, you need to wash them. Unlike normal sneakers, however, which you can toss in the washer and dryer, Converse require special care to appear vibrant and attractive. Knowledge of how to protect the canvas from fading while keeping the shoes fresh will help you care for your Converse sneakers properly.

Clean spills from the rubber toe caps and sides of the shoes with a damp sponge and some mild soap. You may also do this to clean these surfaces whenever needed.

Fill your sink or tub with warm water, and mix in a mild detergent such as Woolite. Create suds by disturbing the water, and submerge the Converse in the water completely. Let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

Rub out any dirt spots with a toothbrush and additional soap if necessary. If the spots do not come out all the way, put the Converse back in the water to soak for a few minutes, and try rubbing the spots out again.

Drain the sink, and rinse the shoes, ridding them of soap completely. Place the shoes in a spot where they can dry at room temperature.


Avoid using a washing machine or dryer, or the shoes may fade.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp sponge
  • Mild detergent
  • Sink or tub
  • Water
  • Toothbrush
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Sarah Morse has been a writer since 2009, covering environmental topics, gardening and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a master's degree in English and a master's degree in information science.