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How To Care For Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks are quite popular and are highly comfortable and known for having supportive soles that are good for your feet, legs, and back as well as for walking long distances. Personally, I love my Birkenstocks. I’ve probably worn them for roughly 800 to 1,000 miles already since getting them in late May (I’ve worn them almost every day since then, and trekked around Italy and London in them). I’m sure they’ll last for a couple more years as long as they’re well taken care of. If you or a friend, family member, or loved one have a pair of these comfortable sandals or are considering getting a pair but don’t know how to clean and take care of them, look no further – here are a couple of ways to take care of them:

BIRKENSTOCK CARE KIT

This can be bough from Amazon or from Birkenstock’s official website and shouldn’t cost more that $20-25. This includes everything you should need to clean your sandals. The kit includes a brush (similar to a toothbrush), cleaner & refresher, cork sealer, and water & stain repellent.

Using the kit, take the cleaner & refresher tube, spray on the solution, and use the brush to scrub the dirt, dust, and solution away. Depending on how dirty the shoes are, this might take a while to do, so be patient. Once you’re done using the cleaner & refresher and cleaning the dust off of the sandals, leave the shoes to dry and air out for roughly 24 hours.

When the 24 hours are up, use the cork sealer on the main part of the shoe (not the leather straps), and make sure to rub it in well so that the cork doesn’t dry out and crack from use.

Once that’s finished, use the water & stain repellent on the leather straps by gently rubbing them on with a towel to ensure that the leather doesn’t crack and crumble from use and will stay good for years to come.

HOME DIY CLEANING

For those who would rather clean their Birkenstock sandals without the official cleaning kit from the company, there are several ways to clean the sandals with do-it-yourself cleaning tactics.

In place of using the cleaner & refresher solution, use 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water to create a paste (if the solution is too watery, add more baking soda), and use it similar to how you’d use the official cleaner. Put the baking soda paste on the sole of the shoe, leave on for a minute or two. Use the brush to scrub the dirt, dust, and solution away. Depending on how dirty the shoes are, this might take a while to do, so be patient. Once you’re done using the baking soda solution and cleaning the dust off of the sandals, leave the shoes to dry and air out for roughly 24 hours.

Once the baking soda solution is done and the 24 hours are up, use your preferred leather cleaner (any is fine, as long as it’s for genuine leather), and apply it similar to how the water & stain repellent are applied – apply it by gently rubbing them on with a towel to ensure that the leather doesn’t crack and crumble from use and will stay good for years to come.

In place of the official Birkenstock cork sealer, you can buy normal cork sealer from your local hardware store or from Amazon. Apply it in a similar fashion to the official Birkenstock sealer and use the cork sealer on the main part of the shoe (not the leather straps). Make sure to rub it in well so that the cork doesn’t dry out and crack from use.

Additionally, use water & stain repellent (again, this can be found on Amazon) in a similar way to what was said above – use the water & stain repellent on the leather straps by gently rubbing them on with a towel to ensure that the leather doesn’t crack and crumble from use and will stay good for years to come.

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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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