One of the most beloved shoe in the history of the world is the Converse Chuck Taylor. Since 1917, athletes, skaters, rock stars, celebrities, fashion icons, and everyday people have worn those shoes. But no matter how different those people are, one common problem plagued them—dirty chucks. It’s easy for Chucks to get dirty because of how often people use them and because they are made with Canvas. Plus, the sole is most often white. If you are one of those that often face this problem, here are some tips on how to clean your Converse Chucks.
First, remove the shoelaces
You have to remove the laces so that you can access the eyelets and the tongue. After that, dampen the shoes using lukewarm water. Get the excess water off before you start the actual cleaning process.
You can actually use powder detergents to clean your Converse Chucks. Pour the detergent into a bowl and then mix it with heated water to create a pasty solution. Use a toothbrush to scrub the shoes’ rubber areas with the solution. Rinse it all off with warm water and then pat it dry with a towel. Repeat if necessary. Air dry the shoes after you are done. You can use baking soda instead. It’s best not to use powder with bleach.
Certain brands of toothpaste work well for cleaning your Chucks. In this case, it’s better to use a non-gel white toothpaste as coloured ones will stain your shoes. Use a toothbrush to apply the toothpaste as you would on your teeth. Brush the dirty spots of the shoes. Make sure you work it into the fabric. After that, let it stay there for 10 minutes before wiping it off with a wet towel. Repeat if necessary for maximum effect.
Just like your clothes, your Chucks can also be washed in the machine. Fill half a small bucket with warm water then pour in nearly a cup of baking soda and some dishwashing detergent. Mix it all with a toothbrush. Use the toothbrush to scrub the toe area and the protective guard of the shoes to remove the dirt. Now, set the machine on a low cycle and place the shoes in. Add a cup of detergent and begin the cycle. Do not bleach the shoes.
In a small bucket half filled with warm water, sprinkle two-thirds of a cup of baking soda. Into the bucket, pour a dime-sized amount of dishwashing detergent and use the end of a toothbrush to stir the mixture. Next, dip the bristles of the toothbrush into the bucket. Vigorously scrub the white toe patch or the front area until you see that the scuff marks and the dirt are removed. Scrub around the toe protective guard that borders the shoe base. Remove and smudges of dirt stuck within the pattern marks. Set your washing machine on low cycle and put in the pair of shoes without any other garments in the washer. Begin the wash cycle after adding in half a cup of laundry detergent. Avoid using a bleaching agent so that the pattern of your Converse shoes remains intact. Use a cold rinse cycle for this.
Final step: Air dry
Air dry the Converse Chuck Taylors. Make sure to place them where there is actually moderate heat. You can further whiten the shoes using liquid chalk. Use a wet spot to wipe the toe patch. Air dry the shoes once again. Finally, lace the shoes up and use them as if they were brand new.