The best way to clean white trainers

Having your trainers looking good as new with this clever cleaning trick.

best way to clean white trainers

by Lorna White |
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A trusty pair of white trainers is a must in any wardrobe. They go with pretty much anything and they're a great shoe for wearing in the spring and summer months.

If you're wearing your white trainers most days, they might have started to look a little tired and not so white as they once were.

Knowing how to clean your trainers can sometimes be tricky, especially if they're white as you'll want to make sure you're not ruining them for future wear.

To help you find the best way to wash your trainers in just a few simple steps with everyday tools, we've put together this handy guide on the best way to clean canvas and leather/faux leather trainers with ease.

Best way to clean white canvas trainers

Step 1: Take the laces out of your trainers and pop them in a bowl of water with a small amount of baking soda or soap inside.

Step 2: Take a clean, white, damp cloth and apply soap to it before gently rubbing the surface of the trainer in circular motions.

Step 3: To remove any stains, use a mixture of water and baking soda or water and washing powder and gently rub onto the stained area with a clean cloth or toothbrush. Leave the trainers for a few minutes to soak.

Step 4: Rinse the trainers with a clean cloth and leave to air dry with the tongues pulled out. If the insides are soggy, scrunch up some newspaper inside and leave overnight to dry out.

Best way to clean leather or faux leather white trainers

Step 1: Remove any mud that might be stuck on and repeat step 1 from above for the laces.

Step 2: Mix up a weak solution of washing up liquid and water and use a cloth to gently clean the surface. Any stronger cleaning solutions could rub the dye from the trainers. The key is to treat leather like you would your skin.

Step 3: To get rid of any stains, try spraying the stained area with a few drops of WD-40 and wiping with a clean cloth.

Step 4: Protect your trainers with some leather balm to keep the leather moisturised and nourished. You could also spray them with a stain protector for an invisible barrier to protect them from any liquid spills and stains.

How to clean the soles

After a walk here in the UK, our trainers can get rather muddy and dirty, so it's understandable why you might want to keep them clean, both for hygiene reasons and if you don't fancy walking mud through your house.

Mix up a water and washing up liquid solution and use an old toothbrush to get into the grooves of the sole and give them a good clean.

If they have rubber trims, carefully dip the tip of your toothbrush into bleach and tackle any marks. Leave to sit for around 10 mins before wiping away with a cloth.

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