When cleaning sandals, it is important to know the type of materials used in their construction. The three common types of sandals are rubber, suede and leather. Rubber sandals are easily cleaned with baking soda, suede can be cleaned with sandpaper and leather sandals respond well to cleaning with saddle soap.
- Clean rubber sandals using baking soda
First, run the rubber sandals under warm water. Next, sprinkle baking soda on top of the sandals, and let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes. Scrub the baking soda with a toothbrush until it falls off, and repeat the process on the soles of the shoe. If there is still an odor, mix the baking soda with salt water, and scrub the paste on the sandal. Finally, rinse the sandals off in water. You may also run rubber sandals in the washer by setting the machine to a delicate wash. Add detergent and one cup of vinegar to remove any odor.
- Clean suede sandals with sandpaper
Use sandpaper to remove layers of dirt on top of suede sandals, lightly sanding to avoid scratches or damage to the suede. To clean the insoles, use a toothbrush, and rub with a small amount of dish soap.
- Clean leather sandals with saddle soap
For leather sandals, apply saddle soap with a damp cloth, and then let it sit for a few minutes. Buff the leather dry.