Sandals are a crowd favorite, thanks to the comfort and style they provide to the wearer. What’s more, they can work well with most types of outfits and let your skin breathe even with long hours of wearing. To enjoy all of these perks for a longer time, caring for your sandals is essential.

Got a pair of sandals you treasure forever? The thing is, they can accumulate debris and dirt over time. Make them last you for years by taking care and storing them properly. Here’s how to clean sandals.

Washing your sandals

Wash your well-loved footwear using a gentle detergent or baking soda mixed with water on a gentle cycle of the washing machine. Never use bleach or other chemical-based cleaners to avoid damaging the straps. Do not use the dishwasher as high heat can damage the adhesives keeping your sandals together. Always hang your sandals to dry. Avoid using a hair dryer or other artificial heat sources.

If your sandals are made out of leather, it’s best to wash the sandals manually with a damp cloth. Gently wipe out the areas that acquired dirt and debris. Hang your sandals to dry. Heat drying your leather sandals can lead to brittleness or cracking over time.

For dirtier sandals, a special leather cleaner or conditioner may be required.

Cleaning the straps

Grit, sand, and other particles can get in the channels of the straps, causing your straps to wear and appear thick. To clean the channels, flossing is extremely recommended.

Start by wetting the straps and squirting fabric conditioner into the slots where straps are attached. Pull them back and forth to remove excess debris.

How to clean sandals footbed

Looking for ways on how to sanitize leather sandals? Sprinkle baking soda on your sandals’ footbed and then gently brush using a hard-bristled brush. Let it dry by air naturally. If the odor is persistent, try a more intense washing agent like Nikwax Sandal Wash to remove it.