How to Clean Your Bright White Trainers

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Blindingly white trainers are a major trend once more for both men and women, but keeping them pristine can be a challenge… here’s how.

Chuck your Chucks in the washing machine

Don’t be afraid to toss non-leather sneakers, like Converse Chuck Taylors, into the washing machine on a cold rinse cycle to work out the dirt. Dodge the dryer, though — just place them in the sun with crumpled paper inside to speed up the process. There’s also nothing wrong with exposing your Converse a bit of dishwashing detergent and hot water in the sink — it’s designed to break down grease, after all.



Keep your Chucks away from petroleum jelly but Vaseline works a treat on white leather sneakers. A gentle rub will conceal scuffs and scratches, as well as soften the leather and protect it from damage in future.

Lube up

WD-40 is another lubricant that works miracles on leather sneakers — a modest spray and a gentle rub eats away at the thick black gunk that accumulates over time. Shampoo — also produced to break down grease — has the same effect with a cloth soaked in hot water.

Whitens your teeth . . . and your trainers

Be as rough as you like on your canvas kicks with a tube of classic Colgate white toothpaste (not the coloured gel type), which you need to really work into the fabric with a toothbrush, some water, and plenty of elbow grease. Wipe away the dirt and the soapy lather with a damp towel, and repeat until your shoes are as white as the crowd at a Donald Trump rally.


Nailed it

If your white leather sneakers have an unsightly blemish you’d like to conceal then borrow some white nail polish from your partner — a subtle touch-up does the trick beautifully.