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How to Clean Canvas - A Complete & Easy Guide

How to Clean Canvas - A Complete & Easy Guide

Learn how to clean canvas and keep your shoes, clothes, and totes in top condition!

Canvas is a pretty sturdy material. But that doesn’t mean that caring for it properly isn’t still important! Whether you have canvas shoes, pants, or jackets, here’s how to clean canvas to keep it looking great.

How to Clean Canvas

If you own canvas items, whether it's a sturdy backpack, a favorite pair of shoes, or a sturdy jacket, you know that keeping them clean is essential for maintaining their appearance and longevity. Canvas is a resilient fabric, but it’s always good to brush up on the best practices for fabric care. We have all the information you need for how to clean canvas to keep it in top condition for many adventures to come!

Step 1: Pretreat Stains

How do you clean canvas? First things first: it’s time to pretreat stains! Check out our Stain Removal Guide for tips on how to remove the most commonly occuring stains. When in doubt, Dropps Oxi Booster Pods are a stain-fighting dream! Dissolve one Oxi Booster Pod in a clean sink or basin of warm water, then allow the stain to sit in the solution. The Oxi Booster should break down the source of the stain and lift it out of the fabric without bleaching or damaging the canvas.

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Step 2: Wash

Canvas is a sturdy material which can be washed with any water temperature. We recommend cold water for environmental reasons, but if you’re looking for a deeper clean, canvas can hold up in a hot water wash as well! Use a detergent with enzymes, such as Dropps Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent Pods, for extra cleaning power. When it comes to how to wash canvas, we recommend washing with like colors and fabrics only.

Step 3: Dry

Cotton and linen can withstand tumble drying with high heat, but canvas items such as tennis shoes or tote bags should be air-dried to preserve their shape.

Step 4: Store

Store canvas items in open air, cool and dry environments. Storing canvas in plastic encourages yellowing and can trap mildew-causing moisture, so avoid this method to avoid bugs!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions about how to clean canvas? We’ve got you covered.

How do you clean dirty canvas?

Cleaning canvas is simple! If you are dealing with a particularly dirty item, spot clean with the stain remover of your choice, such as Oxi Booster Pods or Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent. You can then wash the item by hand or in a washing machine! Be sure to use detergent that contains enzymes, like Dropps Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent, for extra cleaning power.

What is a good cleaner for canvas?

There is no one best way to clean canvas; it depends on how dirty the item is. Canvas is a sturdy material that can handle most cleaning products. We recommend using a detergent that contains enzymes, like our Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent, for the most effective clean.

Is it OK to wash a canvas?

Canvas can be washed by hand or in a washing machine! It is a sturdy fabric that can hold up to most methods of washing. Be sure to check the item’s care label before washing to see if there are any specific instructions.

Can you clean canvas with dish soap?

You can absolutely clean canvas with dish soap if you’re in a pinch! Dish soap can remove dirt and stains on fabric. You can use it as a spot treatment before washing the item as normal, or even completely hand wash the item in dish soap if you’re out of laundry detergent!