How to Clean Vans Shoes? – The Ultimate Guide

Do you also have different styles of vans shoes and don’t know how to wash them? In this post, I will explain how to clean vans shoes.

No matter how much you try to keep your shoes away from dirt. They still get dull due to using them regularly. It is a problem for those people who own vans white shoes.

If you are afraid that your shoes will not return to their glory look again then no worries because I have also the solution to this problem.

You just have to learn a few steps to make them look as good as new ones. I am going to explain the steps of all types of vans shoes.

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How to Clean Vans Shoes?

  • First, remove the laces of the sneaker vans. Put them in a small pot and add a detergent to clean the stains from the holes of laces and eyelets of shoes.
  • Use a dry brush to remove the dust from the shoes.
  • Soak the shoes in the baking soda solution. Then add hydrogen peroxide for stain removal from white canvas shoes.
  • Scrub them 10 to 30 times. Wipe them with wet fabric and leave canvas shoes for drying.

Methods for All Types of Vans

Here I will discuss how to clean different types of Vans:

Without taking your time, let’s go!

1. Clean Black Vans

I will explain the quick and deep clean methods to clean black vans. If you want to clean your sneaker van quickly, follow the steps below.

Things Required

  • Water
  • Brush
  • Black canvas shoes
  • Mild detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Stain Remover
  • Damped Cloth

Black Vans Quick Clean

  • I took a dry brush to remove the mud from my black canvas shoes.
  • I put some detergent in the water and cleaned the rubber strip, its sole, sides, and toe side. It works effectively to remove muddy stains.
  • I used a damped cloth to remove the extra soapy area.
  • Then I left them in a dry place.

Black Vans Deep Clean

  • After knocking off the dust from them, I removed its kicks(laces and insole)
  • I used the stain remover after spotting stain marks. I applied them for almost 15 minutes.
  • Then I washed my hands with warm water and also added detergent to clean them fully.
  • Note: I don’t recommend you to clean in the washing machine.
  • I wrapped my black footwear into the towel and pressed the water out for drying.
  • I cleaned the insole by making a mixture of mild detergent and baking soda. I scrubbed them until it was all cleaned. I rinsed and dried it in a cool place.

2. Clean Suede Vans Shoes

Here are the things that are required to clean Suede Vans:

Material Required

  • Suede Brush
  • White Vinegar
  • Damped Cloth
  • Magic Eraser
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Toothbrush

Suede Vans Quick Clean

  • I removed the caked-on dirt before cleaning suede shoes. I knocked them off 3 to 4 times because the mud was stuck on the toe side of the shoes. I also used a soft brush to remove dust.
  • Then I made the cleaning solution of white vinegar and water. I dipped my old toothbrush in it and started to scrub the vans white sneakers with the brush.
  • I applied a magic eraser on the rubber strips of suede to make them clean.
  • I left my shoes on the table for dry air. I didn’t put them in sunlight because there are chances of color fading.

Suede Vans Deep Clean

  • I bought a soft suede brush to clean the mud from the inner and outer sides of the shoes.
  • I used suede cleaner for deep cleaning of hard stains and put it on the brush. I scrubbed gently until all suede stains were clear.
  • Then I started to rub the rubber strips with the mixture of soap and water using the brush.
  • I waited for 20 minutes to dry.
  • Lastly, I used suede leather conditioner to make my shoes bright and durable.

 3. Clean Checkered Vans Shoes

Cleaning checkered vans is the easiest among all techniques. This is what I think. I am sure that it will also look easy to you.

Things Required

  • Toothbrush
  • Water
  • Fabric
  • Towel
  • A Sharpie
  • Detergent
  • Soap
  • Tape

Checkered Vans Quick Clean

  • First of all, I put the laces and shoe insoles aside separately from the shoes. I knocked them off a little bit to clear dust from them.
  • Secondly, I began to tape cloth on the white vans to clean their sole. I rolled this tape two times.
  • I pushed out the toothpaste on the scrubbing brush and started rubbing them.
  • After that, I wiped the paste from the shoes with the help of a damped cloth.
  • Then, I untapped the upper part of vans white sneakers and scrubbed them with a soapy brush.
  • Lastly, I washed them off and removed the soapy water from them.

Checkered Vans Deep Clean

  • For more deep cleaning, repeat the procedure to get stains out of white shoes.
  • If necessary then wash your white canvas checkered vans in the baking soda solution.
  • If you feel color fading then recolor the checkered part with a sharpie. But I am sure that you will not consider yourself in a position of doing this step.

Tips to Increase Life Span

All Vans shoes can last long for many years if you take proper care of them. Here are some tips to increase the life span of white vans.

1. Rotate Them with Other Shoes

In simple words, don’t wear the same leather shoes every day. Give them a break for one or two days. Instead, wear another pair of van white shoes.

Yellow and white vans are more likely to get dirty. Try wearing light-colored shoes less in a normal routine. In this way, their lifespan will increase. Keep this tip in your mind!

2. Spray the Insoles with A Deodorizer

When the shoes are fully dried, and still it feels smelly. It indicates the presence of bacteria that can ruin the interior quality of your shoes. There are many sprays and powders available in the market to make an end to these bacteria.

3. Store Them Properly

After coming home, put your shoes on the shoe shelves. You can also put your stunning footwear over the shoe tree. Not just all white leather vans but any kind of boots will last longer by storing them. You should develop this habit in yourself.

It absorbs moisture and provides a fresh smell.

4. Stuff Your Shoes

Place some newspaper or cloth in your vans shoes when you are not wearing them. This trick will help them in maintaining their shape.  Boots are more likely to lose their shape so don’t forget to do this with them.

5. Let Your Shoes Dry out Completely

Your feet start sweating when you wear your white canvas for a long time. Leave your footwear out to dry at least for 24 hours.

6. Clean Them After Wearing

Clean your shoes quickly with a brush or a wipe after wearing them. It will prevent stains and mud. It will not make big dirt marks on vans white sneakers. Just do a little cleaning every day!

7. Add Stick-On Rubber Soles

As you know, leather shoes are expensive and comfortable, but they are easier to get blackened after a few wears. The stick on the rubber sole prevents the leather from damage. I have also added this sole to my all-white leather vans. It works great on them. You should also try it.

8. Waterproofing Your Shoes

Water can ruin the high quality of your adorable vans sneakers. Not all shoewears are waterproof but you can make them by rubbing the beeswax on the surface of canvas shoes. Wait for a few minutes to dry the beeswax fully.

You should buy waterproof vans shoes in the first place so you will not have to do much effort to make them last longer.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How to Clean Vans Slip-Ons?

  • Use a baking soda paste to remove the difficult stains
  • Scrub the shoes with paste dipped toothbrush to clean the dirt
  • After the solution is applied, leave the vans slip-ons outside to dry
  • You can also use a leather conditioner on them after making them dry

How to Clean Vans Old Skool?

Old skool vans are made up of canvas. We can also clean canvas in the washing machine but it is better to wash with our hands. Add Omo detergent to the baking soda and apply this mixture to the vans.  Rinse the surface of the shoes after 15 minutes and let them dry.

How Can I Clean My Vans at Home?

Fill the bucket with water and mix a few drops of liquid soap in it. Dip the scrubbing brush in the soapy solution and start to scrub your vans shoes from the toe side to the backside gently.

How Do You Clean Fabric on Vans?

Remove the dust on the fabric with a brush. Use soapy and warm water to clean the complicated stains. Rub it gently until all the dirt is cleaned. In the end, clean the excess soapy water with a wipe. Leave it to dry.

What is a Good Cleaner for Vans?

White Vinegar is a good cleaner for vans. It works like a magic cleaner to remove tough stains from the white vans.


I am sure that now you can easily clean your dirty white vans.  Kindly follow these steps to clean black vans, suede vans, and checkered vans. If they are not very dirty then use quick clean techniques to wash them. Otherwise, do deep cleaning of them.

Apply the above tips for making vans shoes durable in your daily life. These tips will prevent you from having many problems with cleaning.

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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