How to Clean Black Vans? – Step by Step Guide

Are you also protective about your shoes and looking for methods to clean black vans?

Black vans are well-known shoes worn in today’s era. It feels odd to hear from someone who doesn’t have this pair of shoes. They work amazingly for outdoor and sports activities. So you should also be familiar of how to clean this footwear.

Their color gets dull after wearing them frequently. I also have a black and white van and I usually clean them when they are dirty.

Before cleaning your shoes, make sure what type of material is used like canvas, leather, or suede. Each of them has different methods of cleaning. Here I will discuss each of them one by one.

Hold on with me a little more to understand their cleaning method clearly.

how to clean black vans

How to Clean Black Vans?

  • Determine what type of material is used in them.
  • Clean canvas black sneakers by removing the dust, spotting treatment, washing hands, drying them off, and then cleaning the laces and insoles.
  • Start scrubbing suede shoes and then let them dry.
  • Wash the leather of the footwear by scrubbing and use a waterproof spray.
  • Use bleach to clean the white rubber strip and then scrub it off.

Method to Clean Canvas Black Vans

Their method of cleaning canvas material shoes is quite simple. Required things are easily available. I am sure that these are already present in your house.

Material Required

  • Water
  • Canvas black heel boots
  • Towel
  • Baking soda
  • Mild Detergent
  • Toothbrush
  • Stain proofing spray
  • Stain Remover
  • Bowl

Step 1. Prepping the Kicks

In the first step, I placed my black heels vans on a flat surface. If you are cleaning sneakers then remove shoelaces and insoles from them. Put these things in one corner.

Step 2. Dusting Off

I took my shoes outside and removed all the dust. This step is necessary before you proceed to the next step.

Step 3. Spot Treatment

I pointed out the stains and then I took stain remover to remove all the stains from the black wedge heel boots. Wait for 15 minutes after applying them.

Step 4. Hand Wash

I washed my hands with water and a little amount of detergent. People also prefer using a toothbrush to clean thoroughly.

Step 5: Drying Off

I used my towel to dry black vans and I put them in the sunlight to remove all the extra water.

Step 6: Cleaning the Laces and Insoles

The next thing I did was to pour some water and detergent into the bowl. I put my shoelaces in it for a few minutes. After that, I let them dry.

Lastly, I cleaned the insoles by putting the mixture of soda and detergent on the toothbrush. I scrubbed them until they were fully cleaned, then left them in dry places.

Step 7: Post-Cleaning Care

I sprayed stain-proofing spray to keep your kicks clean and last longer.

Method to Clean Suede Black Vans

This method has some similarities with previous ones. The only difference is that I had to add some more material for performing this technique.

Things Required

  • Suede Black sneakers
  • Water
  • Soft Suede Brush
  • Suede Cleaner
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Bowl
  • Baking Soda and mild detergent

Step 1. Prepping Kicks and Dusting

After removing shoe laces and insoles, I dusted off the black platform vans with a soft suede brush. It removed all the dust gently.

Step 2. Spot Treatment

I used suede cleaner to treat the stains of black vans. The little amount of cleaner was also enough for cleaning.

Step 3. Scrubbing and Cleaning Laces

I scrubbed the shoes from the toe side to the heel with the help of a toothbrush. The toothbrush is quite effective in scrubbing gently.

After making the solution of water and detergent, I put my shoelaces in it for a while. I dried them with the help of a towel.

Method of Cleaning Leather Black Vans

Are you also a fan of sport-style leather shoes? Making them clean and shiny is not a difficult job, just a change of a few steps.

Things Required

  • Water
  • A shoe brush
  • Nikwax Footwear cleaning gel
  • Brush for leather
  • Toothbrush
  • Mild detergent

Step 1. Dusting Off

If your black vans have kicks then remove them first. Use a soft brush or clean cloth to dust off the grime and dirt.

Step 2. Scrubbing

As leather is different than canvas material, I scrubbed my leather black block heels with Nikwax cleaning gel. The results of scrubbing were impressive.

Step 3. Waterproofing

I used Nikwax spray on my shoes for more cleaning. This spray also comes with a cleaning gel.

Step 4. Drying

I let them dry for one day.

Step 5. Cleaning of The Laces

In the end, I applied the detergent solution to the laces of the shoes. Then, kept them in a suitable area to dry fully.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How to Clean Black Vans without Fading?

Use your hands for cleaning and don’t clean black vans in the washing machine. Use mild detergent and scrub the canvas gently. Also, don’t dry your footwear in direct sunlight.

How to Clean Black Vans with White Stripes?

  • Tape the fabric on the black vans except for the white strip part.
  • Make a cleaning solution of vinegar, lemon juice, or acetone( bleaching solution can turn your white stripe to yellow)
  • Dip your toothbrush in the cleaning solution and rub the white stripe in a circular motion
  • Once it is cleaned let it dry

How Do I Make My Black Vans Black Again?

To make your black vans black and shiny again, wash your footwear by hand. Firstly, remove the laces and insole and put them away a little. Pour water into the bowl and add a mild detergent to it.

After making that solution, use the brush to scrub black heels from the upper side to the lower. Lastly, rinse it away with a wet fabric.

Why Are My Black Vans Turning Orange?

Lawn rust is a disease that occurs when there is a shortage of nitrogen in the lawn. When you walk on your lawn daily as a result your black vans turn orange. Not only this, but frequent sunlight also changes the color of your shoes.

You should also avoid placing your footwear in very cold weather, especially in the cold snow; it turns your black heels into orange.

Can I Restore the Color Black on The Shoes?

Sure, just follow these steps to restore the color black.

  • Apply the dye to the shoes
  • Tape the shoe sole to prevent it from dying
  • Apply another coating of the dye on the shoe after drying
  • To remove debris, brush your shoes
  • For the settling of dye, spray your shoe


Lastly, I would say that I have discussed all the different methods of cleaning various styles of black vans. You must be careful while performing any method and don’t use harsh chemicals while cleaning.

All black vans are advised to not wash in the washing machine. I am sure you can now easily clean your black and white vans. Just follow my guidelines and take precautions during cleaning. Comment below if there is something in your mind about the cleaning of black heel vans.

Daniel Robert is a shoe lover who enjoys writing about all kinds of footwear, including sneakers, Crocs, Vans, and more. He shares his vast knowledge on, a website dedicated to helping people find the perfect pair of shoes. With years of experience and a passion for all things shoe-related, Daniel's easy-to-understand advice has helped countless people make confident and stylish choices.

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