How To Whiten A Yellowed Canvas Vans?

White shoes are all in fashion lately specially with the revival of the street/sports wear, white shoes totally help complete the look.

But before it became a trend, I’ve been wearing my beloved white slip-on canvas shoes by Vans. Mainly because it’s comfortable and goes well with my outfits at work. (I was then a make-up teacher wearing white, gray, or black outfits)

Sadly, like all white shoes, it has succumbed to dirt and grime. I tried to clean it and used baking soda before to restore its condition but didn’t work. I tried several shoe cleaners for whites, but wasn’t successful.

Recently, I saw a post in Facebook to use tissue paper to whiten a yellowed canvas vans. At this point, I was desperate enough to try anything. I said to myself, “what the heck, I have nothing to lose.” Yes, I was that desperate.

                             Before: Dirty and Yellowed Canvas Vans

It’s dirty, grimy, and yellow. I have not used this pair for a long time because of its state.

So I did the usual cleaning using soap and water, making sure I got all the dirt out. I rinsed and made sure there are no more suds. Before I leave it to dry, I wrapped it generously with toilet paper. Like lots of it! Think, mummified your shoes!

                                Tissue-paper wrapped white Vans

I then left it overnight to dry. I made sure I left it in a shaded area, where it will get the heat of the sun but not direct sunlight.

The next day, I unravelled the tissue paper wrappings and saw the yellow stains on my shoes were almost completely gone and transferred to the tissue papers. (I got too excited, I forgot to take photos of the tissue wrappings.) But here’s the result:

                                                       White again!
                 Look closely, only the edges where the glue are still yellow.

The yellow stains are not completely gone but you can barely see it from afar and I was happy with the result! At last, my white shoes are wearable again!

What worked for your white shoes? Share if you have other ideas! 🙂


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