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!


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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