How to Clean Black Converse

Updated February 21, 2017

Best known for its Chuck Taylor and All Star shoes, Converse is a shoe manufacturer that makes canvas shoes in a wide variety of colours, including black, for all age groups. Routine cleaning removes dirt, dust, stains and spots from the shoes, leaving them looking clean and new. Clean the shoes properly to keep them from shrinking and fading.

Shake the black Converse shoes over a dustbin or outdoors to remove loose dirt and dust. Gently tap the shoes together or tap the soles on the ground to loosen caked-on dirt. Wipe down the shoes with a water-dampened cloth to remove any remaining particles.

Remove the laces from the shoes. Wash the laces in the washing machine with similar-coloured fabrics and dry them on a high-heat setting.

Sprinkle baking soda inside the shoes to absorb any shoe or foot odour. Allow the powder to sit in the shoe while you are cleaning the outside.

Dampen the shoes under cool running water.

Fill a sink with warm water and enough washing powder to create suds. Do not use hot water, as it will cause the shoes' black fabric to fade.

Dip a soft-bristled brush, such as an old toothbrush or nail cleaning brush, into the soapy water. Scrub the soap into the Converse shoes.

Rinse the shoes under cool running water to rinse the soap and baking soda residue.

Lay a soft towel over the shoes. Gently blot the Converse shoes to remove excess water. Allow the shoes to air dry the rest of the way. Do not place the shoes directly in the sun and do not use heat, as both can fade the black fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Washing powder
  • Baking soda
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Soft towel
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Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.