How to Care for Your Cork Footbed Sandals on ethemshoes.comExtend the life of your cork footbed sandals with these care tips


You’ve heard that cork footbed sandals are not only terrific for your foot health, they’re also extremely durable and long lasting. It’s all true; cork footbed sandals can last you years, but only if you’re taking proper care of them.


This means getting into a regular cleaning routine that keeps them dirt free, cleansed, and sealed. Follow our tips to get the most out of these beautiful additions to your foot wardrobe.


Wipe often to get rid of the excess dirt


First things first, when it comes to keeping your cork footbed sandals looking clean and shiny, you need to be giving them some regular TLC. By taking a soft, damp cloth to the straps and soles, you can inexpensively remove scuff marks and dirt.


When you clean your sandals regularly, you make your long-term cleaning jobs easier because the dirt hasn’t had a chance to build up. Plus you’ll be keeping them looking fresh for longer.


Make your own cleaning scrub


Making a DIY cleaning scrub will be cheaper than buying a premade one. You will need a soft bristled brush or an old toothbrush. The brush will help to scrub off any caked in dirt, grime, or sweat.


Mix one tablespoon baking soda and one tablespoon water together to form a paste. Smear it over the cork footbed and, using the brush or toothbrush, give the sole a good scrub. Use a damp cloth to remove the paste and dirt you’ve cleaned off.


If you need to clean the leather straps, use a quality leather cleaner mixed with some water and gently rub onto the straps with a soft cloth.


Let them air dry in the shade


If your cork footbed sandals get wet – after you’ve washed your sandals or walked through a rainstorm – it’s important to let them dry fully. Put your sandals in the shade or a corner of the room out of direct sunlight. Too much heat and direct sunlight can actually cause your cork footbed sandals to crack as they dry.


Cracked sandals are no good for anyone, and this will seriously diminish the life of your sandals. If they start to rot, the cork will begin to fall apart and cracks will get bigger. When your sandals crack, bits of cork will fleck off, and the inside of the cork won’t be protected anymore.


Use a cork sealer regularly


Cork sealer is the only product we wholeheartedly recommend you buy premade. It’s a type of wax sealant that acts as a barrier between the cork footbed and outside forces, such as water, dirt, and debris.


If you don’t use cork sealer, you risk exposing the naked cork to the elements, having pieces falling out, and again, reducing the lifecycle of your sandals.


Applying a thin, even coating, using either a sponge, soft cloth, or (our favorite) just your fingers, will protect your cork footbed sandals. Make sure you don’t get the cork sealer on the rubber sole and have a soft cloth on hand to wipe any off. It’s also important to only apply the sealer to parts of the cork footbed that obviously need it and to make sure you don’t get a build up of sealer.


You’ll want to apply the cork sealer fairly regularly, or whenever you see parts of the cork exposed. The sealer will bring your cork footbeds back to a near new condition while adding to their life, so definitely don’t skip this step.


Buy a premade cleanser kit


There are a few kits on the market that contain a cork cleanser, stain remover, sealer, and a brush. These kits serve a purpose and are generally made with quality ingredients.


Following the directions on the package will give you extended life and shiny, clean cork footbed sandals. These kits can be a bit pricey, so it’s entirely up to you whether you want to go down this route or the DIY.


No matter what care you show your cork footbed sandals, so long as you have a routine in place and follow our tips, you’ll extend the life of your sandals. Cork is a natural resource and one that is built to last if taken care of.


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