As with any comfy shoe that gets a lot of wear, though, they can start to look a little grimy. Sweat stains on the footbed plus dirt or water marks on the upper are not only unsightly, they can also shorten the lifespan of your favorite pair. Thankfully, it’s fairly simple to get them looking like new with a few handy tips and tools. Discover them all below.
Keeping you shoes dirt-free is the best way to keep them looking like new. Wipe down the footbed with a damp cloth every few months and use a suede brush on the straps (which is gentle enough so as not to ruin the finish) to remove grass and mud particles.
If stains still persist, combine baking soda and water for a DIY cleaning method. Mix the two ingredients until a paste forms, then gently scrub it across the entirety of the footbed with a toothbrush using circular motions. Let the formula sit overnight, then rinse it off in the morning to reveal noticeably cleaner shoes.
For a sure-fire fix, you can also invest in Birkenstock’s shoe care kit. It not only includes a special cleaner, but also a water and stain repellent, a cork sealer (to keep the cork protected from the elements) and a brush-and-scuff eraser to keep shoes in tip-top shape.
According to the Birkenstock care page, direct sunlight may cause your shoes to crack and deteriorate faster. After using a cleaning agent to remove stains, let your shoes dry in a shady spot to avoid damaging them. Even if you’re pinched for time, never throw them in the dryer to speed up the drying process. Allow them at least 24 hours to dry fully before wearing them again.
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