Cleaning Your Converse

Converse


Everyone and their mother is wearing the all white Converse running shoes right now (literally, my mom and I have the same pair!) so it will come as no surprise when I say that Converse is one of America's most iconic footwear companies. I first started wearing Converse during the grunge era. That's right, a black pair of one stars with Nirvana playing in the background. I wore those shoes until they fell apart and then bought another pair!

As I got older, my footwear became decidedly more girlie. Gone were the grunge shoes, replaced by pink sneakers and ballet flats. AMH never strayed. We met as teenagers and through the years I have watched him buy new Chuck Taylors, vintage Chuck Taylors, high top Chuck Taylors, All Star Chuck Taylors...you get the point. I'd like to tell you it was his guidance that brought me back into the fold. I'd like to tell you that because it's better then the real story with is I bought them a few summers ago because they were flooding my Instagram feed and I Had.To.Have.Them!

I have the Chuck Taylor All Star Dainty Low Top, otherwise known as the official shoe of every blogger and Instagram star. They were a relatively cheap buy at only $65 Canadian ($49.95 US). I also bought a package of new ankle socks so they wouldn't show when wearing cropped jeans (my fave look with my Converse) or even with dresses.

There is just one problem with the all-white Converse shoes...they get dirty! I swear, every puddle and falling droplet will find your shoes. I wore mine walking around Camden Market in London, England last summer and a big black blob of I still don't even know what leapt from the cobblestone road and landed on my shoes. I wanted to spit nails. I tried a little spot cleaning at the time but that wasn't cutting it. I continued to wear my shoes for another year, collecting dirt and grime and finally this weekend decided that they needed a good cleaning. I read a few things on the interwebs and Pinterest but I just didn't have the time to devote to all the steps they were advising. It was then that I remembered the success I had using Oxi Clean White Revive (I swear this isn't an ad for them, I just freaking love the product!). I first bought Oxi Clean when I bought a red and white striped dress. After the first wash the red seeped into the white lines. After a good soak in Oxi Clean it looked great!

I made these simple steps up myself on the fly and think the 'after' is pretty darn good! And most importantly, I didn't spend too much time doing it!


Directions


I removed the laces from the shoes and placed them in a small plastic container.

I gave my shoes a good banging to make sure there wasn't any loose dirt on them. I placed them in a large silver bowl with the soles facing up.

I dumped one large scoop of Oxi Clean White Revive into the silver bowl and a 1/4 scoop into the bowl with the laces. I filled both with hot tap water and set them aside.

Converse


After four hours, I removed the laces, rinsed them in my kitchen sink and hung them to dry.

I also removed the shoes from the water filled bowl and threw them into the washing machine with a few colour-safe beach towels. I added a half scoop of the Oxi Clean to the wash and just a touch of regular laundry detergent. I ran the delicate cycle and removed them as soon as the machine finished.

I placed them on the floor in front of a bright window (since it rained all last weekend) and air dried them. That's it! No scrubbing, no lemon and baking soda paste, no toothbrush scrubbers.

So now you tell me, do you think the Converse look clean?

White running shoes

Dirty - No flash on my camera

Converse

Clean - No flash on my camera

Converse

Dirty - Flash

Converse

Clean - Flash
 
I'm pretty happy with the results and even happier that thanks to Oxi Clean, I didn't have to do much! I've worn them since they've been washed and they feel as good as new. The canvas was crispy at first but soften after a few minutes of wearing them. There is still one little stain that didn't come out but I'm fine with that. Since I don't wear them every day I figure I can wear them for a few more summers. I plan on doing this cleaning trick at the beginning of next summer so I can fully enjoy my bright, white and most importantly, clean Converse!
  1. Bright whites! You know I love 'em. For a white-clothing-lover like me, it's probably about time I try Oxy Clean. I've never used it, but I think it might do my clothing some good!

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  2. My converse are desperately need to be cleaned. Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  3. WOW! I am so impressed! This is precisely why I bought my converse in gray - because I am not a cleaning goddess like you! I want to get some oxy clean to wash all my whites in! What a helpful post!

    --Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

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