Donnaottone
Donnaottone
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Asked on Jun 25, 2019

How to whiten white canvas sneakers?

DonnaottoneNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CATinyshoes
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jute around sole, even called Keds, other than ‘spot clean’ and don’t wash in washing machine, (even without jute surround) and don’t dry in sun. Cannot clean. Suggestions please?

6 answers
  • I would use a small soft brush and a mild soap solution.

  • Donnaottone
    on Jun 25, 2019

    Hi. Thank you, tried unsuccessful.

  • Baxter
    on Jun 25, 2019

    I have had several pair of white cloth canvas shoes that were beyond wearing only because of soil on the outside, so I painted them using white or almost white craft acrylic paint (or I painted them in a colorful overall design---polka dots are easy). Been doing this for 30 years---long before Keds started selling the painted ones. You don't have to mix any additive with the paint---not necessary at all, but use a good quality craft paint like Americana Decoart or Delta Ceramcoat. The paint adds a more wipeable surface and the shoes look great without being too stiff. Nothing to lose since the shoes are unwearable if you can't get the outside clean. Good luck!

  • Tinyshoes
    on Jun 25, 2019

    Donna....I wash mine in washer (Keds) and hang on line outside in bright sun!

  • Why can't you put them in the washing machine?

  • Donnaottone
    on Jun 25, 2019

    Keds corporate customer service advised against, even for their sneakers without jut. Only for their shoes designated for machine washing. I imagine the jute would be destroyed, or seriously damaged. Before hearing ‘not to’ I had tried plain white Keds in washing machine without any luck in making any whiter.

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