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How to Clean the Suede Insole of a Pair of Sandals

When I dragged out my sandals from last summer, they were so disgusting I wanted to throw them in the trash!  The outside of the sandals were fine but the insides were black with dirt. When the insoles of a pair of sandals are a suede (brushed leather) soft light gray color, they can get dirty really fast and they are almost impossible to keep clean.

These look horrible. I was ready to throw them away.

dirty sandal

And the insides... YUCK!

insole

Then I remembered something my Mom said years ago. You can clean suede
shoes with sandpaper. It was so outlandish, it stuck in my head.

But, guess what? It works!!!

Here I am working on the insoles of the sandals with sandpaper. The sandpaper takes off the dirty layer of suede. I had to rub them for a few minutes to get out the dirt/mud/etc. It all just flaked away as I was scrubbing with the sandpaper. Amazing!

sandpapering shoe

Here they are – all clean! YAY!

clean insoles



all clean now

Is that incredible? I was so surprised and pleased with the results, I thought other people must have the same problem, too AND maybe someone else could benefit from this information, also.
Anyway, I decided it was important enough to do a blog post on it.

I hope this turns out to be a helpful hint for someone.

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14 comments:

  1. Who would have thought of sandpaper!? Great tip.

    Noreen
    http://craftyjournal.com

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  2. Thanks mom! Wish I knew this forever ago! My life is changed :)

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  3. Linda, this is seriously one super awesome, amazing tip! I was just shuddering yesterday at the horrendous state of some of my sandals. All I can say is WOW I can't wait to try this!! Thank you SO much!

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  4. Holy wow! I know I am not a dirty person, but my shoes seem to send a different message! Can't wait to try this, thanks Linda!
    Jenna

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  5. Such a great tip!! thanks for sharing it at Romance on a dime! I need to try this.

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  6. That is amazing and I had not clue!! Visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

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  7. Wow! Sand paper? Really?! Now, that's a great tip! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!!!

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  8. Thank you so much. This REALLY works. I have been trying to figure out for years how to clean the insoles of my Bass sandals. I even tried baking soda and vinegar, which is amazing at cleaning rug spots (too clean sometimes). I called Bass and asked them what would get them clean. They told me the name of the cleaner they sell which I already tried and it didn't work.I am thrilled with the results. They look almost new. Thanks again. I am a HAPPY CAMPER. I have never commented on a blog about anything before, but I had to tell you about how great this works.

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  9. I am so excited to try this. I have about five pairs that I have been contemplating throwing away and they are practically brand new. Thanks

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  10. Wow just the tip I needed at the right time! Thank you!

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  11. Oh, great tip! I have two pairs of sandals that really need this treatment!

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