How to Get Blue Jean Stain Off Shoes


Blue denim stains are difficult to remove. The indigo dye in blue denim jeans often bleeds into clothing or footwear. The blue denim stain is often noticeable, especially on light-colored shoes. Although commercial shoe cleaners remove stains, these products use strong cleaning ingredients that can damage the leather, suede or canvas shoes if you don’t use the product properly. There are inexpensive cleaning solutions for removing those blue denim stains, with less risk of harming your shoes,

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Pencil eraser
  • White vinegar
  • Cloth
  • Rub a towel on the blue stain. The towel will absorb any liquid indigo dye still on the shoe.

  • Rub the stain gently with a pencil eraser. The eraser can remove indigo dye stains on the surface of the shoe. If the eraser does not remove all the denim stain, proceed to the next step.

  • Pour several drops of white vinegar onto a clean soft cloth. Use the cloth to rub the vinegar into the denim stain. Repeat this step until the stains are gone. Allow the shoes to dry naturally. White vinegar contains acetic acid. This acid gently cleans a variety of materials, including light-colored leather, suede and canvas shoes.

Tips & Warnings

  • After suede shoes dry, use a suede brush to restore the nap.
  • One way to prevent stains on shoes is to treat them with a stain-resistant product.


  • Photo Credit Polka Dot RF/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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