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Red Dirt Stains on Athletic Shoes

I need help getting red Maui dirt off my non-leather white athletic shoes. The stains are new, not yet washed or treated. I have only dry brushed the loose dirt and dust. There is a mesh type fabric that is some sort of synthetic also in the construction of the shoe with the same staining. Any help is appreciated. They are new Earth shoes and cost about $100, so I would like to salvage them.


By ML from San Jose, CA

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful


Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner

Pillow case

Step 1 - Clean Stains

Use a Clorox Bleach Pen to remove stubborn stains. The cleaning pen comes equipped with a small brush on one end of it. Squeeze on the Clorox liquid and scrub the stained area with the brush. To clean the rubber soles, use Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner. Spray the foam onto a paper towel and rub the soles to get rid of dirt or black marks.

Step 2 - White Shoelaces

Take out the laces from the shoes and remove insoles. Wash shoelaces in the washing machine along with the shoes. You can always purchase new shoelaces to replace dirty or worn old ones.

Step 3 - Clean Shoes in the Washing Machine

To get the entire shoe clean, wash it in the machine. Place the white shoes in a pillow case to protect the inside of the machine. Run the 'gentle' cycle with regular detergent.


Step 4 - Dry White Canvas Shoes

Remove the clean shoes from the pillow case. Stuff the shoes with paper towels to hold their shape while they dry at room temperature.

Materials for Cleaning White Leather Athletic Shoes

Plastic or metal tub

Liquid soap

Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner

Soft bristle toothbrush



Paper Towels

Step 1 - Get Rid of Dirt and Grime

Wipe your white sports shoes with liquid soap and a paper towel to eliminate surface grime. Rub any creases on leather to loosen dirt. Be careful to not scrub the shoes too hard as some leathers will flake off.

Step 2 - Wash Shoelaces

Toss shoelaces in the wash with white laundry.

Step 3 - Clean Rubber Soles

Clean dirty rubber soles with Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner.

Step 4 - Wash White Athletic Shoes

Fill a sink or plastic or metal tub with warm water and add some liquid soap. Submerge the shoes in the water, and scrub them with a sponge.

Step 5 - Dry Leather Sports Shoes

Remove the shoes from the tub. Soak up water on the inside and outside of shoes with a towel or paper towels. Allow shoes to air dry completely before wearing them.

good luck.

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January 29, 20100 found this helpful

Considering where you live, the next time you buy shoes (or succeed in cleaning the current pair), get some Scotchguard and use it before wearing the shoes out of the house.

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January 29, 20100 found this helpful

Use your vacuum cleaner. Take attachment off and put the metal hose part directly on the shoes. I've got lots of trail dust out of mine this way.

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