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How to Clean Canvas Heels

by Kimbry Parker

Canvas heels are ideal for a busy mom because they are durable and comfortable, but just like any other type of shoe, they will get dirty. Unlike canvas sneakers, you can’t just toss your canvas heels in the washing machine to clean them; the agitation can damage the heels of the shoes. Instead, clean your canvas heels by hand to get the dirt and grime off while keeping the shoes intact.

Clean the heels only when any dirt or mud is dry on the canvas. Trying to clean wet mud from the shoes will only make a bigger mess. Tap the bottoms of the shoes together, making sure not to hit the heels, to remove any dried-on dirt and mud.

Fill a sink with lukewarm water. Add a few drops of mild laundry detergent and mix it into the water.

Dip a clean toothbrush into the soapy water. Scrub the surface of the canvas with the toothbrush to clean the shoes. Move the toothbrush in a circular motion over the shoes. Rinse the toothbrush in the soapy water frequently while scrubbing to avoid reapplying dirt to the shoes.

Scrub the bottoms of the shoes with the toothbrush and soapy water. Don’t forget to also scrub the heels on the shoes because these are likely dirty as well.

Rinse the shoes by with a clean rag and plain water to remove any dirt and soap residue. Sit the shoes upright to dry out of direct sunlight or heat. Stuff paper towel inside of the shoes to help retain the shape while drying.

Items you will need

  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Toothbrush
  • Rags
  • Paper towels


  • Use plain white paper towels for stuffing the shoes. Using paper towels with colored prints can cause the dye from the paper towels to transfer to the shoes.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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