Dirty Vans? No Problem – How To Clean Your White Vans

The ULTIMATE Vans cleaning guide.

We’ve all been there. You’ve just bought yourself a brand new pair of white vans shoes and hit the skatepark. On your way you have come across mud, dirt and rain which is more or less impossible to keep off your new sneakers. The damage can vary, but there’s nothing worse than coming home from a successful ride and finding your new vans are no longer in pristine condition. At this point the obvious solution would be to well, put them in the washing machine. Now this technique will certainly clean your whites and get rid of any dirt but it can also have a few consequences. It is highly likely that the warm temperatures will bend and alter the shape of your shoes. Also shoes will come out faded and slightly off-colour.

From our experience, various washing powders will leave your shoes yellow. So with this in mind, please avoid throwing your shoes in the wash – otherwise you may find yourself heading back to the city to buy a new pair. Various other sites also advise to use bleach when trying to clean your shoes. We have found that using bleach will result in your shoes turning yellow. Bleach can also be a dangerous substance that can burn and irritate your skin. Safety precautions have to be taken when using it and we feel that there are more effective cleaning alternatives where these precautions do not have to be taken. So we advise that you DO NOT clean your vans with bleach. We advise that you use the following technique when you need to clean your white vans.

Scrub your Vans with Baking Powder/Baby Powder and Water

  1. Firstly you will require Baking Soda – Sodium Bicarbonate or alternatively Baby Powder.
  2. Pour a small amount of Baking Soda or Baby Powder into a bowl.
  3. Mix the Baking Soda with a small amount of hot water until a thick paste is created.
  4. Remove shoe laces if necessary.
  5. With a shoe brush, brush off all loose mud and dirt.
  6. Get a clean toothbrush and dip the head into the paste.
  7. Gently scrub the paste into your white vans in a circular motion.
  8. Scrub the whole shoe – canvas and rubber – with the paste.
  9. Once the shoe is covered, wipe the whole shoe with a damp cloth.
  10. Finally allow the shoe to dry. Note – do not let your vans dry in direct sunlight as they may cause them to discolour.

If you follow this guide, your vans will be sparkly white again in no time. There may be occasions when you find that the rubber sole can prove to be a little bit more stubborn when it comes to cleaning. No matter how hard you scrub, you just can’t quite get rid of that slight scuff. In this case we’d suggest you use Magic Eraser. With a bit of elbow grease, the scuff will be easily removed. Note – only use magic eraser on the sole as it can potentially dis-colour the canvas.

Next time you purchase your new vans, why not order some Crep Protect to prevent your shoes getting dirty in the first place? Crep Protect offers a water resistant coating to your shoe that will ultimately protect them from water, mud and general dirt. Check out the below video which shows the spray in full flow protect the most sort after shoe on the market – Yeezy 350 Boost – from ketchup.

Purchase your ultimate shoe protection kit at the link below;

We hope this simple guide helps you clean your white vans. Stay tuned to the SurfTheHills website where more posts on products you can apply on your sneakers to keep them clean will soon be released.

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    • Yes Adrian you can use baking powder. Simply add some water to baking powder and scrub your vans with a toothbrush.

  1. Hello SurfTheHills, I have recently purchased Crep Protect using your link and I have to say this spray has been the best shoe protector I have ever bought. My vans have been kept so clean, which has saved me from replacing my current pair. Thank you for the amazing article and advice.

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