Dos and don’ts of washing Vans
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5-step guide to washing vans
Remove any loose dirt: Before washing your Vans, use a soft bristled brush or a dry cloth to remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface of the shoes.
Mix mild soap and lukewarm water: Fill a container with lukewarm water and mix in a small amount of mild soap. Be sure to use a gentle soap that won’t damage the shoe material.
Dip a cloth in the soapy water: Take a soft cloth and dip it into the soapy water. Wring out any excess water so the cloth is damp, but not soaking wet.
Gently scrub the shoes: Using the damp cloth, gently scrub the shoes in a circular motion. For canvas or basic textile shoes, you can use a little more pressure to get rid of any stubborn stains. For leather, synthetic, faux fur, or shearling shoes, be gentle to avoid damaging the material.
Air dry the shoes: After washing, let the shoes air dry in a cool and dry environment away from direct sunlight. Avoid using direct heat or putting non-waterproof footwear under running water as it can damage the shoes.
Can I machine wash my Vans?
Yes, it is possible to machine wash some versions of Vans. We’d only recommend you do this if they are extremely dirty as machine washing has the potential to change shoes.
Can I use bleach to clean my Vans?
No, we do not recommend using bleach to clean Vans as it can cause damage to the material.
Can I use water to clean suede Vans?
No, we do not recommend using water to clean suede Vans. Instead, use a specific suede cleaner designed for that material to gently clean the shoes.