How to Clean White Shoes to Make Them New Again

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  2. How to Clean White Leather Shoes
  3. How to Clean White Canvas Shoes
  4. How to Clean Mesh Fabric Shoes
  5. Final Thoughts

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{"blocks":[{"key":"140h6","text":"White shoes are the most versatile piece of clothing you can have in your wardrobe. They’ll look good on any outfit, and you can wear them in all seasons. However, the color comes with its share of downsides.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6i4ee","text":"After a couple of times wearing it, you’ll be welcomed with dirty soles, dusty ties, and beige-colored shadow on the material. If you don’t clean it regularly, the wear and tear will eventually get to it, and it’ll be unfixable. We’ll show you three methods to clean leather, canvas, and mesh fabric shoes.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How to Clean White Leather Shoes

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How to Clean White Canvas Shoes

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Then, go to the balcony or outside and hit the two shoes’ bottoms together, so the dust comes off. Then, grab an old toothbrush and scrub lightly to remove any remaining dirt. Have a go at the tongue and the rubber soles as well.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":337,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":337,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":337,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":337,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"eelem","text":"Step 2: Clean the Shoes","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9q1n1","text":"To clean the shoes, mix some baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl together. Blend them with a spoon so that they form a paste. Then, dip your toothbrush in the bowl and start applying the paste on the shoes with a scrubbing motion.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7hkd8","text":"Move the brush in a round motion, and you’ll notice the stains coming out. Leave the paste to dry on the canvas. When it’s hard enough to clean, brush it off and wipe the reminders with your cloth.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":197,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":197,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":197,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":197,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"fmina","text":"If you have stubborn stains on your shoes, such as coffee or blood, you can use a bleach pen on the affected spots. 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How to Clean Mesh Fabric Shoes

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Bear in mind that mesh is one of the most delicate fabrics. It needs extra care handling it. Pick a toothbrush with soft bristles for the mission, and gently brush away at the loose dirt on the material.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4rm66","text":"Step 2: Clean the Shoes","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":23,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"feg61","text":"When there’s no more loose dirt on the mesh, mix some liquid detergent with warm water in a small bowl. 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Final Thoughts

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