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Care for Birkenstocks properly: With these tips your favorite sandals always stay in top shape

Summer is not over yet and as long as the weather allows, we can still wear our favorite sandals. To keep them looking good, regular care is crucial. How to properly care for the popular Birkenstocks and always keep them in good condition, we explain in the article with some useful tips.

How to properly care for your Birkenstocks

How to properly care for and clean Birkenstocks

If you walk the streets in the summer, you will notice that almost every second person wears a pair of Birkenstocks . These sandals are not only comfortable and trendy, but also good for your feet. In order to enjoy your sandals for a long time, below are some tips on how to properly care for various Birkenstocks.

Avoid water

EVA Birkenstock sandals waterproof

Water can damage the cork and dissolve the adhesive or sealant. If your sandals get wet, dry them slowly and away from direct heat, never in front of the heater. If your Birkenstocks have been in contact with salt water, be sure to rinse them to prevent corrosion. Always allow wet sandals to dry to room temperature.

For use on the beach or near water, waterproof models in the EVA range are recommended, such as Honolulu, Barbados, Arizona and Gizeh.

Protect the sandals from extreme heat

Birkenstocks care protect from heat

If your Birkenstock sandals are regularly exposed to extreme heat, it can harm them. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight or in the car on warm days, and keep them away from heaters and fireplaces.

Air out the footbed regularly

There is nothing worse than smelly sandals ! To take the best care of the footbed of your shoes, you need to air it after wearing. Birkenstock footbeds are made of layers of jute and cork, lined with suede, and absorb the moisture from your feet. Airing out the footbeds prevents odors from forming due to excess moisture.

Properly care for the upper

Birkenstock sandals upper clean


Depending on the type of upper your Birkenstocks have, there are different cleaning recommendations. Please note that the any treatment or cleaning can change the appearance and finish of the materials.

Birko Flor: Simply wipe the shoes with a damp cloth. Stubborn stains can be removed carefully with a little soap and water.

Birko Flor Nubuck: To clean, lightly brush with a suede brush or an old toothbrush.

Smooth leather: apply leather cream to remove scratches and keep the leather supple.

Oiled leather: use a nubuck leather brush with a rubber head to remove stains and brighten the fibers. To restore/maintain color, use a colorless leather conditioner.

Patent leather: dampen a microfiber cloth with water and wipe over the surface to remove dust and dirt. Dry the surface with another clean, dry cloth. To remove scratch marks, put some olive oil or petroleum jelly on a microfiber cloth and gently rub it over the surface where the scratch marks appear. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes and then wipe it off completely.

Suede: To protect, apply a waterproofing spray and use a suede brush to loosen the dirt and clean and restore the pile.

Textile surface: Birkenstocks made of linen or wool felt rub with a damp cloth or sponge for light soiling and then let dry at room temperature. For heavy soiling, also use a little soapy water. After the shoes are cleaned, stuff them with newspaper until they dry completely (1-2 days).

Microfiber: Lightly brush the vegan fabric with a suede brush with plastic bristles or an old toothbrush if it gets dirty.

EVA and polyurethane: wash with mild soap and water.

Keep sole in good shape

Birkenstock sole care seal

If the once-shiny cork of your Birkenstocks is fading to a dull shade of sandpaper, reapply a proven cork sealer in a thin coat. You can also apply the sealer with a brush if you find the applicator too risky. This care is especially important in the summer, as the heat can cause dry rot and crack the cork.

Treat stains on the footbed properly

Suede brush to clean Birkenstock sandals


Stubborn stains on the footbed require the application of soap. Use lukewarm water and a cloth to scrub off your footprint. Do not expose shoes to direct heat or sunlight to dry, as this in turn can cause dry rot and cracking of the cork. Clean your Birkenstocks on a day you don’t plan to wear them, and let them dry away from windows and doors for at least 24 hours.

For more tips and home remedies for cleaning your Birkenstocks from sole to footbed, check out this article .