How to Clean Toe and Foot Marks Off Sandals

Nothing decreases the looks and
value of slip-on sandals like toe, heel and foot marks on the insoles.
Here’s how to remove them.

decreases the value of an otherwise nice pair of sandals like toe, heel
and foot marks on the insoles. Such marks on your own shoes make them
look worn and dirty if you slip off your sandals at the pool or beach.
Heel, toe and foot marks on pre-owned sandals for sale decrease the
value and make them much harder to move.


They might look like
permanent foot imprints, but they’re really just ground-in dirt and
stains. They can be challenging to remove through standard shoe cleaning
methods because the grime has been pushed down into the cloth fibers of
the insoles repeatedly over time. Fortunately, with the right materials
and about 15 minutes of time, you can probably erase most of those
hideous marks.

What You’ll Need:

  • Spray shoe cleaner (spray carpet and upholstery cleaner should work as well)
  • Old, soft toothbrush that you don’t plan to ever use again
  • Old washcloth or dishcloth

Steps to Remove Sandal Insole Toe, Foot and Heel Marks:

  1. First, try the cleaner on a small spot on your sandal insoles to make sure it doesn’t cause any unexpected results.
  2. Spray
    the stained insoles of your sandals thoroughly with the cleaner. Be
    sure to spray them until they’re visibly wet, but don’t submerge your
    sandals in water or any liquid.
  3. Let the cleaner soak into the shoes for a couple of minutes, but don’t allow them to dry.
  4. Wet
    the toothbrush under running water. Scrub the dirty insoles like crazy
    with the old toothbrush. Clean the toothbrush under running water every
    few minutes to make sure you’re not rubbing dirt back into the shoes.
  5. When the sandals start to look clean, rub the newly scrubbed surfaces with the cloth.
  6. Wash the toothbrush under running water and scrub the shoes again, then rub them with the washcloth again.
  7. Keep repeating this process until you’re no longer rubbing dirt onto the cleaning cloth.
  8. You’ll be amazed at the difference in how your sandals look when you’re finished!

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