Converse shoes or Chuck Taylors, as they are sometimes referred to, were made famous back in the late 70s, an era that beckoned the new wave generation. Today, Chucks are still trendy, especially among teenagers and young adults. Those who have run their shoes into the ground may find that their Chucks no longer have the same clean and sporty appeal that they once had brand new. Bring Converse shoes back to new in a few straightforward steps.
Remove the shoelaces from your Converse sneakers. Place white shoelaces in a basin filled with lukewarm water,1 tbsp. of bleach and 1 tbsp. of a commercial laundry detergent. Place colored shoe laces in a basin filled with lukewarm water and 1 tbsp. of laundry detergent.
Swish the mixture together by hand and let the laces soak for 10 minutes, allowing for dirt to lift and surface. Air dry shoelaces.
Sprinkle 2/3 cup baking soda into a small bucket and fill half way with warm water. Pour a dime-size amount of dishwasher detergent into the bucket and stir mixture with the end of the toothbrush.
Dip the toothbrush's bristles into the bucket. Scrub the front area, or white toe patch vigorously until dirt and scuff marks are removed. Scrub around the protective toe guard that borders the base of the shoe, removing any dirt smudges stuck inside its patterned marks.
Insert each shoe inside a washing machine set on low cycle. Add in 1/2 cup laundry detergent before beginning wash cycle. Refrain from using a bleaching agent so you won't stain the Converse’s pattern. Set the wash cycle to cold rinse.
Lay the shoes out to air dry in an area away from excessive heat.
Smear a dime-size amount of a liquid chalk-type shoe agent to whiten the shoe’s toe patch. Follow the complete instructions of the agent for best results. Clean by wiping the toe patch down with a wet sponge dabbed in mild soap detergent.
Lace your Converse shoes as they were originally tied when bought. Straighten the laces to prevent twisting and looseness. Adjust the tongue inside the shoe so that it is centered under both rows of eyelets.
How to Redye a Shoe
How to Repair Sperry Shoes
How to Clean the Insides of Rubber Boots
How to Clean Elastic Straps on Shoes
How to Restore Whiteness to Canvas Shoes
How to Clean the Tongues of Shoes
How to Clean Retro 11 Jordans
How to Wash Mesh Athletic Shoes
How Can I Clean the Rubber on My Vans ...
How to Clean Levi's Shoes
How to Clean Dr. Martens Shoes
How to Clean Black Suede Shoes
How to Clean Polo Ralph Lauren Shoes
How to Clean White Air Force One Shoes
The Difference Between Nike Dunks & AF1
How to Remove the Smell of Mothballs ...
How to Make White Vans White Again
How to Clean Discolored Shoes
The Best Way to Clean White Sneakers
How to Clean High Heels
Cameron Holmes is a freelance writer, actress and model. Since 2009 Holmes has published numerous articles in topics ranging from entertainment to travel on various websites. Holmes earned an English degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and specializes in health, wellness and fitness topics.