How to Clean Vans Shoes

Vans are some of the most popular sneakers on the market these days, and for good reason. With a wide variety of shoe models ranging from traditional lace-ups to the brand's classic slip-ons in a range of fabrics, Vans blend comfort and style. Yet like any frequently worn sneaker, they're also bound to get a little grungy over time. Read on for some steps to clean your Vans and restore them to their former glory.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel

  • Suede brush

  • Suede cleaner

  • Woolite or other mild detergent

  • Washing machine

  • Blow dryer

  • Sponge

Cleaning Suede Vans

Step 1

Use a dry towel to rub off any surface dirt from the exterior of the suede shoes and prepare them for washing.

Step 2

Put some suede cleanser on a sponge and rub it gently onto the shoe until dirt and stains are gone or greatly reduced. You can purchase this type of cleanser at most shoe stores or online (see Resources).

Step 3

Leave your pair of suede Vans out in the sun to dry naturally.

Cleaning Canvas Vans

Step 1

Deposit some Woolite or another mild laundry detergent into a washing machine and set the washer to a warm temperature.

Step 2

Place your pair of canvas Vans in the washing machine and activate the wash cycle.

Step 3

Remove the shoes from the machine once the cycle is finished and put them in a sunny spot where they can dry. If you are in a hurry to wear the shoes, you may use a blow-dryer to get the job done, making sure not to put the dryer nozzle too close the shoe while drying.


You can also wash canvas Vans by hand using warm, soapy water and a sponge or washrag.


Do not dry your Vans in a laundry dryer, as this can make the shoe fabric brittle and stiff, especially after multiple dryings.

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