How to Clean Converse Rubber

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How to Clean Converse Rubber
Converse are commonly referred to as chucks. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Converse, also known as Chuck Taylors, are popular and stylish sneakers that can be worn for a comfortable, everyday look. Although most shoes can be tossed in the washer, washing chucks can fade the canvas and crack the rubber soles. To preserve the life of your Converse, try a few cleaning tricks to get them looking new once more.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Abrasive powder cleaner
  • Hot water
  • Toothbrush
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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  1. 1

    Pour an abrasive powder cleaner, like Comet, into a bowl and mix with a small amount of hot water. This should make a paste-like consistency.

    How to Clean Converse Rubber
    Wear gloves to protect your skin. ( Images)
  2. 2

    Dip the toothbrush into hot water, then scrub the paste mixture on the rubber areas of the shoe. Use force while you are scrubbing in a small circular motion.

    How to Clean Converse Rubber
    A toothbrush works best for scrubbing. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  3. 3

    Rinse your shoes with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel. Repeat the previous steps if necessary.

    How to Clean Converse Rubber
    Wash away the abrasive powder cleaner. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  4. 4

    Eliminate any remaining stubborn stains with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Dampen the Magic Eraser with hot water and scrub the rubber on your shoes. Let your shoes air dry when finished.

    How to Clean Converse Rubber
    Magic Eraser will remove any stain, in or out of the kitchen. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have an abrasive powder cleaner, you can use baking soda instead.
  • Never put Converse in the washer or dryer.
  • Don't use an abrasive powder cleaner that contains bleach. It will fade the canvas.

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