Cleaning Outdoor Shoes

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 10, 2010)

Part of what has made shoes such as Crocs so popular over the years is that they are extremely comfortable, slip resistant, and extremely light weight. However, many owners find themselves at a loss for cleaning such outdoor shoes since the material that they are made from is so different from what they are used to. Luckily, cleaning outdoor shoes such as Crocs is a very easy job, and one that doesn't take a whole lot of time to do. Follow these steps, and not only will you have your outdoor shoes clean, but they will begin looking like new.

  1. Fill a tub. Fill either a large bowl, or a small tub with some warm water and a little bit of dish soap. All you need to use is just a little bit of soap, about one drop, to get the shoes clean.
  2. Scrub the grime away. Use a washcloth to do your initial cleaning by first carefully wiping out the interior, as well as the exterior of your rubberized shoe. Save the bottom of the shoe for last, since that will significantly dirty up the water. Repeat your washing process with a soft scrub sponge (such as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser) to remove difficult stains or scuff marks.
  3. Sanitize. Empty out your tub or large bowl, and rinse it out. Refill this time 3/4 of the way full with warm water, and then fill it up the remaining way with some bleach. This will allow you to be able to properly sanitize and deodorize your outdoor shoes. Use an old washcloth or rag to wipe the outside and inside of the outdoor shoes. Rinse off the shoes with regular warm water when you are finished.
  4. Soak for really difficult stains. Fill a bucket or small tub with some warm water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda. Place the shoes into the bucket and allow them to soak for ten minutes. Remove the shoes, and then scrub any particularly stubborn stains with either a soft bristled toothbrush, or with a soft old rag. Rinse your shoes one more time to remove the last of the baking soda.
  5. Spiff it all up. Refresh your outdoor shoes, and make them look just like new again by using a little bit of Armor All. This product, which was originally designed for tires and vinyl upholstery, will work wonders on making outdoor shoes look brand new again. The Armor All will not hurt the rubberized shoes like oil products can. Be sure that you put a paper towel inside the shoes before you spray them though. If you don't you can find your feet slipping out when you don't want to.

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