Guide to cleaning vegan sneakers

Sneakerheads, rejoice! The ultimate guide to keeping your vegan kicks fresh

Calling all vegan sneaker enthusiasts! You know the drill: you cop those fresh vegan kicks, rock 'em hard, and then they start looking a little worse for wear. But fret not, for I'm here to drop some knowledge on how to keep your sneakers, whether they're vegan or sustainable, looking fly for years to come.

First things first: how to clean your cloth vegan sneakers.

  1. Prep the scene: Remove the laces and insoles. Brush the surface to get rid of loose dirt.
  2. Magic solution: Mix warm water with mild soap or laundry detergent.
  3. Scrub-a-dub-dub: Dampen a cloth or soft brush in the solution and gently scrub the whole sneaker, paying attention to extra dirty areas.
  4. Rinse and repeat: Get rid of any soap residue with a clean cloth dampened with water.
  5. Air dry: Let your sneakers dry at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Now, for those vegan leather sneakers.

  1. Dust off: Brush the surface with a soft vegan leather brush.
  2. Deep clean: Dampen a microfiber cloth in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar (one tablespoon per cup of water). Gently rub, avoiding excessive wetting.
  3. Bye-bye stains: For stubborn stains, apply a bit of hand cream or petroleum jelly, let it sit for a few minutes, and remove with a clean cloth.
  4. Natural drying: Let your sneakers dry at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Vegan Suede sneakers need some special love, too.

  1. Meticulous brushing: Use a suede brush to remove dust and dirt, brushing in the same direction as the material.
  2. Eraser magic: For light stains, rub with a white rubber eraser.
  3. Vinegar to the rescue: For tough stains, mix equal parts water and white vinegar. Dampen a microfiber cloth and gently rub.
  4. Air dry: Let your sustainable sneakers dry at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  5. Waterproofing: Apply a suede-specific waterproofing spray to protect them from future stains.

How to make your sneakers last longer:

  1. Rotate your kicks: Don't wear the same pair every day to prevent excessive wear and tear.
  2. Proper storage: Keep your sneakers in their original boxes or breathable cloth bags when not in use.
  3. Smart stuffing: Stuff your sneakers with newspaper when storing them to maintain their shape.
  4. Regular cleaning: Don't wait until your sneakers are filthy to clean them. Do it often to prevent dirt from sticking and becoming harder to remove.
  5. Special care: Pay attention to the specific materials of your sneakers and follow the manufacturer's care instructions.

FAQ about sneakers:

How to get rid of sneaker odor?

  • Sprinkle baking soda inside your sneakers and let it sit overnight.
  • Place tea bags or coffee grounds inside your sneakers to absorb odors.
  • If the smell persists, wash the insoles with warm water and soap.

How to whiten sneaker soles?

  • Make a paste of white toothpaste and baking soda. Apply the paste to the soles and scrub with an old toothbrush.
  • You can also use a sneaker sole whitening product.

How to protect sneakers from rain?

  • Apply a sneaker waterproofing spray.
  • You can also apply wax or leather oil to leather sneakers.


  • Treat your sneakers with love, and they'll love you back.
  • Choose cleaning products specifically designed for each material.
  • Follow the manufacturer's care instructions.

With these tips, your vegan and sustainable sneakers will always be on point!

Bonus tip: For an extra deep clean, you can take your sneakers to a professional shoe cleaner.

Keep on steppin' and stylin', sneakerheads!

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