How do you clean white trainers?


Quick Answer

To make your dingy white trainers look new again mix a bleach solution in a small bucket with warm water, and use an old toothbrush to scrub off the dirt and stains. Be sure to wear protective gloves, and use a clean towel to gently wipe the shoes, then let them dry and add new shoelaces. This method takes only moments, and works well with all-white trainers and is an effective spot treatment for multicolored shoes with white areas.

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  1. Prepare the work area

    Work outside if possible. Otherwise, choose a well-ventilated work space free of carpet and dark fabrics. Change into old clothes and don protective gloves.

  2. Mix the bleach solution

    Combine equal parts warm water and chlorine bleach in a clean bucket.

  3. Scrub shoes all over

    Remove the shoelaces and set them aside. Saturate an old, stiff toothbrush in the bleach solution and scrub the trainers with it. Concentrate on stained, dingy spots. Re-wet the toothbrush frequently and scrub vigorously.

  4. Soak stubborn stains

    Apply extra bleach solution to stubborn stains. Leave it there while you brush other spots, then go back and scrub those trickier places. Repeat the soaking and scrubbing process if necessary.

  5. Clean the treads

    Dip the soles into the bleach mixture and scrub them vigorously.

  6. Rinse and dry the trainers

    When the stains are gone, dip part of an old towel in clean water and wipe the trainers. Dry them with the rest of the towel.

  7. Add new laces

    Thread the trainers with new shoelaces.

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