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Bleach Stains on Canvas Shoes

By Dr. Laundry September 7, 2010

Q. I spilled Clorox bleach on my navy canvas shoes and immediately rinsed them, but am left with blotchy red-brown stains. Is there a way to bleach the shoes so that they would at least be all the same shade?

A. Thanks for the question. I am so sorry about your shoes! Because we never recommend using Clorox® Regular-Bleach at full strength on any fabrics, you shouldn’t use additional undiluted bleach to lighten the remaining blue canvas. However, you might be able to unify the color on the shoes using the Clorox® Bleach Pen® Gel. I would use the wide tip with the scrubber to work the bleach into the remaining blue sections of the shoes, and then run the shoes through a wash cycle. Allow the shoes to air dry, and then check your color match. You may need to repeat the process to completely match the blotches since the bleach pen has a lower sodium hypochlorite active level than undiluted bleach (which is why it can be safely applied directly to fabric). Good luck, and let me know how it goes.