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How to clean women's shoes? Espadriles

How to clean women’s shoes (espadrilles)? 3 tips

Espadrilles footwear of Spanish origin has won everyone’s heart this season. We will wear them in all variants – on a flat sole, platform and wedge heels, stapled and tied, muted shades and expressive colors. What to do when our espadrilles get dirty?
How to make sure they look the same all day as the day of purchase? How to clean women’s shoes?

1. Preparation of women’s shoes for wear

Jute is a vegetable fiber and very delicate. If you want the espadrilles to be flawless, protect them from moisture. For this reason, you are unlikely to keep them in a classic cardboard box. You can use transparent bags to protect against moisture.

2. Never machine wash espadrilles

Women’s espadrilles are shoes made of an unusual material – their sole is woven from jute. Jute is a problematic substance for cleaning for one reason – it doesn’t like water very much. Most summer shoes (eg sneakers, half-boots) are easy to wash in the washing machine, but espadrilles are not. An espadrilles sole made of fine jute or linen fiber can expand, twist and lose its properties when exposed to water and rotating inside the washing machine. Since they cannot be machine washed, how to keep espadrilles clean?

3. We always clean the espadrilles by hand

You will get the best effect by cleaning your espadrilles by hand. Prepare the following kit for the care of this type of footwear:

  • a mild fabric detergent (such as an odorless washing liquid) or gray soap
  • 3 bowls (one for warm clean water, one for warm water with detergent and one for detergent and soda)
  • baking soda (for cleaning leather soles)
  • old toothbrush
  • cotton cloth or microfiber cloths

4. To start cleaning women’s shoes (espadrilles), always start with the sole

If there is dirt on the espadrilles, wait for it to dry. Otherwise, dirt will get deeper into the fibers and make it harder to restore the shoe’s original appearance.
Pour a spoonful of detergent into a bowl with about 0.5 liters of water and stir. Take a dry cotton cloth and wipe dirt or grime off the soleplate. Immerse the brush in the prepared detergent, then gently wipe the jute soles. Try to remove all the dirt from the cracks. Then take a cotton cloth slightly moistened with lukewarm water and wipe off any soap residue from the surface.

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Leather sole cleaning for women’s shoes

Some espadrilles models have a leather sole. To renew it, you will need water with a few drops of detergent and soda. Mix them in such proportions to obtain a paste. Then rub the paste all over the inside of the shoe and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Finally, wipe the dry paste with a clean cloth. Cleaning the inner leather sole will also help remove any unpleasant odors that may occur when wearing espadrilles.

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