Spring is here and you know what that means! Time to pull out your sandals and get them ready to wear. Some of my most commonly worn sandals throughout spring and summer are my Birkenstocks, and because I wear them so often for long periods of time (they are so comfortable!) they tend to get a little dirty, especially on the footbed. So, if you own a pair of Birkenstocks follow these steps to clean them up and get them looking brand new for spring.
Step 1: Buy the Birkenstock Cleaning Kit – $17.95 at Footwear etc.
Step 2: FOOTBED. Open the kit and pull out the Birkenstock Cleaner & Refresher. Spray the entire footbed and wipe off with a cloth to remove excess moisture and dirt. Then use the Nubuck/Suede brush included in the kit and brush the footbed to restore the texture.
Step 3: CORK. When you notice that the cork edge no longer has a shine, apply the Birkenstock Cork Sealer to protect the cork from the elements.
Step 4: LEATHER, NUBUCK, SUEDE, FABRIC. A good preventative to keeping dirt away is spraying the leather, nubuck, suede or fabric with the Birkenstock Water & Stain Repellent regularly. Use the brush included in the kit to clean off any dirt and to restore the texture.
It is important to keep in mind some other care tips when walking, exploring, adventuring in your Birkenstock sandals.
“Cork footbeds and EVA soles can be damaged by exposure to concentrated heat or extreme temperatures. Do not leave your shoes in direct sunlight, or in closed cars on warm days. Keep Birkenstock footwear away from campfires, fireplaces, and indoor radiators. If your shoes become wet, allow them to air dry slowly, away from direct heat.” – Birkenstock USA
Here in California, where Footwear etc. is headquartered, we get a few days of beautiful sunshine and I’m already in my Arizona Birkenstock sandals!
If you don’t already own a pair of Birkenstock sandals let this be the year to start. They are incredibly comfortable, especially the sandals available with the soft footbed – irresistible! Find Birkenstock classics and new styles at Footwear etc. today (free 3-day shipping on orders over $60!).