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How to clean your espadrilles?

Although the espadrille is known to be a durable shoe, it is still necessary to take care of it. Its cleaning differs from other shoes and requires special maintenance. Each part of your sneakers should be cleaned separately. It is essential to avoid cleaning them in the washing machine or soaking them in water, as this will damage them by causing the rope to shrink and lose its elasticity. The question therefore arises: how to clean your espadrilles?

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Wash the canvas of your espadrilles

Today, the canvas of espadrilles is made from different materials and fabrics, which requires specific washing, especially for children's espadrilles which tend to get dirty more quickly.

The first step is to dust the canvas, provided that it is simple fabric or leather, that is, without sequins, embroidery or textures. To do this, you can use a cloth, brush or dry sponge.

Espadrilles are very easy to clean, all you need to do is use a slightly dampened sponge, add a little soap and rub gently. You can also add lemon juice, white vinegar or slightly diluted baking soda to remove stains. Be careful not to rub too hard, otherwise the fabric may be damaged. Once the pair of shoes are clean, rinse them with water and let them air dry. Don't forget to run your espadrilles under water after washing to remove any stain-removing soap residue, which could damage the canvas. When your fabric sneakers are wet, it is important to avoid direct exposure to the sun, as this could alter their color and make them appear faded.

For leather espadrilles, a must-have for men's espadrilles , maintenance is a little more complex, as with all leather shoes. It is recommended to apply shoe polish regularly, preferably in the same color as the shoe or a colorless shade. It is important to avoid any heat source when drying, as the leather could become deformed. After waxing the espadrilles, simply buff them to make them look like new. As with all your other leather shoes, it is essential to waterproof them.

ecological waterproofing

To clean suede espadrilles, a fairly fragile and easily soiled fabric, it is preferable to use products specially designed for this material, such as a suede shampoo, a color renewing spray, and in case of persistent stains , suede erasers are available. In addition, it is advisable to use a crepe brush specially designed for this type of fabric.

To dry your espadrilles after washing them, you can use a hair dryer set to the gentle heat option. However, it is recommended to dry them in the fresh air in the shade, avoiding direct sunlight which could yellow the canvas or discolor it.

Clean the hemp rope or jute sole

Clean the rope sole of your espadrilles gently; too strong an action could loosen the rope. It is therefore preferable to use a soft brush or apply a sponge soaked in soapy water using light pressure. This also applies to wedge or flat espadrilles.

If the sole of the shoe is made of rubber to reinforce the pair of espadrilles, it is best to use a sponge soaked in soapy water, but do not rub, just lightly tap the inside of the shoe.

After washing, dry the pair of shoes by wiping them with a cloth.

How can you eliminate odors from sneakers?

Cotton canvas or linen espadrilles , although light, remain closed shoes. They are usually worn during hot periods, which can be a problem because the feet sweat and cause unpleasant odors. The canvas, rope and rubber can then absorb the odors of perspiration from the feet... To avoid this inconvenience, it is recommended to regularly deodorize your pair using an odor neutralizing spray, deodorizing balls, an odor eliminator gel. odors or even shoe sanitizer.

deodorizer for sneakers

Unfortunately, if the smell is already present, a few tricks can be used:

  • Apply essential oils to the inside of the shoe to mask the odor.
  • Sprinkle the inside of the shoe with talcum powder and let it sit overnight.
  • Use dry tea bags that absorb bad odors. Additionally, people who sweat a lot are advised to avoid wearing their sneakers barefoot and to use a pair of invisible socks.

How to remove stubborn stains

If you notice that stains persist on your sneakers, you can follow the same method described above with more emphasis on the stained area. If the stain is particularly stubborn, you can dilute a little ammonia in water and then scrub the stains. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask to protect your hands and avoid inhaling the product. Be careful not to rub too vigorously so as not to damage the shoe.

Final tips for caring for your shoes

To maintain the sole of your espadrilles, several tips are available. You can massage the rope with talcum powder or petroleum jelly to preserve it. To prevent the braiding from fraying, you can apply a coat of matte marine varnish. The canvas of your espadrilles is known for its flexibility, which provides a feeling of lightness and conforms to the shape of the foot. However, over time the canvas can become deformed due to this flexibility, especially when not worn during the season. Therefore, it is recommended to fill your pair with newspaper when storing them until the next season. When purchasing your espadrilles, it is best to waterproof them before using them to prevent stains and quick soiling.

It is recommended to wash your pairs twice a month during the season you wear them, if you wear them daily. If you live in a place where shoes can get dirty more quickly than in the city or at the beach, it's best to clean them more frequently.

If you maintain your sneakers regularly, these shoes will be durable and comfortable year after year, always looking as new as when you bought them. By following these tips, you can extend the life of your sneakers and keep them fresh and comfortable to wear. Washing your espadrilles no longer holds any secrets for you, you can now maintain them correctly to maintain their authentic shine.

If this article interested you, you can also read the one on what size espadrilles to choose so as not to get the wrong size ?