How to Clean Sandals
Tips on How to Clean Your Favorite Sandals
Over the seasons, sandals become dirty from normal use. Your once new sandal can have liquid stains from spilled wine, mud from walking on streets, and oil stains. How well you need to clean your sandals will depend on how dirty or smelly your sandals are.
This article will review many different strategies and techniques for cleaning sandals. For many, sandals are your favorite summer footwear. And they can also be the dirties or smelliest. No need to throw your favorite sandals away because by following these simple and easy techniques below and they will help bring back your sandals to their formal glory.
How to Clean Leather Sandals
You will need to be a little careful with leather sandals because you do not want to ruin or worsen the sandals by accident. Avoid using harsh soaps that have a higher pH level than leather.
- Wipe away the dirt. Take a cloth and rub away any visible dirt or other materials on your sandal. Be careful of sand or small rocks because they can scratch the leather. If you have sand or small rocks, gently rinse the covered areas, and they will wash away. If you do that, make sure to try off the leather sandal. Excess water can damage your sandal.
- Wash with leather conditioner. On a new cloth, put a few drops of leather conditioner and rub away the unclean spots. Just think of how you would shine a shoe. The same principles would apply. If you do not have a leather treatment, you can use warm soapy water. Do not plunge the leather sandals in the soapy water because the water can ruin the leather. Dip a cloth in the warm soapy water and apply it to the sandals.
- Wipe away the access leather conditioner. Take a dry cloth, and in a circular motion, wipe away the access conditioner. Remember, wipe on, wipe off.
- Air Dry the sandals. Before using again, let the sandals dry off in an open area. Natural light is the best, but avoid placing the leather sandals in the direct sunlight because the sun can damage your sandals.
How to Clean Smelly Leather Sandals
If your sandals still smell after cleaning them or if there weren’t that dirty but smelly, then follow these tips to clean stinky sandals.
- Apply Baking Soda. Baking Soda is one of the best ways to remove odors from your sandals. Baking soda is inexpensive, easy to use, and not harsh like deodorizer sprays. Apply baking soda on the insole. Do not be afraid to use a lot.
- Place the sandals inside a plastic bag and zip it up. Leave it overnight or for 4-8 hours. The longer it sits in the bag, the more time the baking soda has to work.
- Wipe away the baking soda.
If that doesn’t work, you can also try eliminating the odors by using a leather cleaning product. This will help kill the smell without damaging the leather and look of the sandal.
How to Clean Rainbow Sandals
There are many effective ways on how to clean the footbed of sandals. These methods and descriptions are for nonleather sandals, and the same tips can be applied for cleaning Teva sandals. If you have leather sandals, then go here.
- Remove the dirt and foreign materials from your sandal. You have a couple of options to do this.
Option A – Take a hose and spray off the dirt from your sandals.
Option B – In a bathtub, turn on the water to lukewarm and use a soft bristle brush to scrub away the dirt. Scrub the sole and the bottom of the sandals of all the dirt, grime, oils that have accumulated over time.
- Clean your sandals. Use baking soda or white vinegar; these are two tried and trued options that do a great job. You most likely have these cleaning products at home already.
How to Clean Sandals with Baking Soda. While the sandals are still damp, add baking soda on top of the sole. Don’t be shy about how much you use, the more, the better. Let the baking soda sit for at least 10 minutes, sit for 60 minutes if you have the time. The baking soda will be eating away at the grime that wasn’t removed from the brush. After it’s done sitting, take a soft bristle brush and scrub away again.
How to Clean Sandals with White Vinegar. In a container that is big enough for your sandals, fill it with a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar and warm water. Place the sandals in the container and let them sit for 60 minutes. Do not use hot water because that can damage the sandals. Once removed, take the bristle brush and scrub away at the sandals.
- Rinse the Sandals. Remove the baking soda baste or the white vinegar by washing the sandals with a hose or in the tub.
- Dry the Sandals. The best way to dry your sandals is under the sun. However, avoid direct sunlight for long periods.
These methods should not only produce clean sandals that will make your sandals look almost brand new but also eliminate the bad smells. If your sandals still smell, place the sandals in a plastic bag and stick them in your freezer. This will help kill the bad bacteria.
How to Clean Foam Flip Flops
Foam flip flops can get dirty real fast mostly because they are pores. They are fewer expenses to hiking sandals, so you might not expect them to last forever. Although, just because they are cheap, it doesn’t mean you should throw them away because they are dirty.
- Load Baking Soda. Cover the entire insole of the rubber flip flops with baking soda.
- Use a water bottle to spray the baking soda. This will help the baking soda work faster. If you want some extra cleaning power than use hydrogen peroxide instead of water. This will help remove more stains and smells.
- Let the baking soda sit for at least 10 minutes; the longer, the better.
- Take a light bristle brush, like a toothbrush and scrub away. Use small circular patters as you move across the flip flops.
- Rinse and wipe down the flip flops
- Let the flip flops dry off under the sun.