How To Clean White Leather Trainers

Written by Dan | 10/05/2023



Ah, white trainers – the holy grail of every stylish guy’s wardrobe. They’re crisp, clean and make any outfit look polished. But let’s be real, keeping them that way can be a real mission. Fear not, gentlemen! With a little bit of know-how and a lot of elbow grease, your white leather trainers can stay in tip-top shape for years to come.

A white trainer held in a clip

Cleaning White Leather Shoes

You might be tempted to throw your trainers in the washing machine but don’t. There is a much more effective cleaning process for dealing with dirty shoes. First things first, invest in a good-quality leather cleaner like Crep Protect, which will help guard your shoes against dirt and water. Before cleaning your trainers, remove the laces and brush off any loose dirt or dust to avoid rubbing it in.

Then, using a soft-bristled brush or a clean damp cloth, gently scrub the surface with the leather cleaner, making sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies. Once you’re done, wipe off any excess cleaner with a dry microfibre cloth.

Now, for the magic trick: baby wipes. Yes, you read that right. These handy little things are perfect for removing stubborn stains and scuffs without damaging your leather or wasting a clean cloth. Simply rub a baby wipe over the affected area until the stain disappears. You’ll be surprised at how effective this method is!

Keeping The Soles Clean

Now for some magic. To get those pristine white soles looking new again, use an old toothbrush and some baking soda with a splash of white vinegar to create a paste. Gently rub the paste over the soles in a circular motion and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water. The baking soda reacts and ta-da! Perfectly clean white trainers.

Lastly, don’t forget to treat your leather trainers with a protective spray, like Crep Protect, to repel water and other stains. This will help keep them box fresh for longer. And don’t forget the laces. It’s no good having sparkly clean trainers if you don’t have clean white laces to go with them.

Crep Protect shoe care set

Cleaning White Canvas Shoes

Of course, it’s not only white leather shoes that get grubby – you’ll need to know how to clean white canvas shoes too. First, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or dust, before scrubbing the canvas with a toothbrush and mild laundry detergent. Once you’re done, rinse them clean with warm water and leave them to air dry naturally.

You can keep your clean white shoes looking fresher for longer by keeping them in their box, away from direct sunlight. It keeps them away from scuffs and dirt, as well as helps them to retain their shape. If you are wondering if you can put your trainers in the washing machine, check out our recent guide.

There you have it – a comprehensive guide to cleaning white leather trainers and keeping them box fresh! With a little bit of TLC and the right products, you can keep your sneakers looking like brand new for years to come. So, get out there and show off those glorious white kicks!



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