Canvas shoes play a key role in most wardrobes. Pairing them with an outfit is the easy part, however keeping them clean can be a little tricky at times.

Canvas is an extremely durable fabric made from hemp, and there’s no reason your latest canvas purchase shouldn’t last you for years to come. Learning how to care for your canvas will prolong the life of your shoes, and will keep them looking newer for longer.

#1 Waterproofing

First things first, waterproof your canvas shoes! Canvas is naturally absorbent and needs to be treated with a water repellent spray before wear. Our non-toxic fabric protector spray is suitable for use on canvas footwear (and most other shoes and clothing), and won’t alter the look, feel or smell of your shoes. A waterproof spray is crucial for the longevity of your shoes, and will ensure those rainy walks to work don’t destroy your wardrobe. Bonus points: our fabric protector will also repel any permanent dirt or liquid stains.

#2 Cleaning

Like most things, a little TLC every now and then will go a long way. If your canvas shoes look like they could do with a little extra love, take a few moments to give them a new lease on life.

  1. Remove any excess dust or dirt
  2. Rinse the shoes with warm water
  3. Use a toothbrush and cleaning solution of your choice (either bicarb soda and water, or   a mild, eco-friendly detergent) to gently scrub the shoes
  4. Rinse and remove excess water
  5. Stuff the shoes with paper towel to absorb excess moisture and allow to air dry
  6. Remember to toss the laces in with your next load of washing!

canvas shoes fabric protector

Our eco friendly fabric protector will continue to work its magic for up to 30 washes, so there’s no need to reapply a coat of water repellent spray after every wash.

#3 Storage

We all know the feeling after a long day on our feet, and our first instinct is to kick off the sneakers and leave them for dead at the door. Your shoes are just as excited to be home as you, so give them a legitimate home and escort them there after every wear.

Stay on top of your canvas upkeep and enjoy your favourite pair of shoes for longer. The environment and your wallet will thank you!

Watch and learn just how easy it is to stain proof your life!