Fashion & Style, How To


So, you’ve invested in a pair of Birkenstock sandals. Good choice, as they look good, offer great arch support, and will probably be the most comfortable pair of sandals you’ll ever slip your feet into.

You’re going to be wearing them a lot, which means they’re going to start showing signs of wear and tear at some point. Luckily, we’ve prepared a handy guide on how to clean Birkenstock sandals so you can keep them looking fresh all summer long.

Birkenstocks can be cleaned using lukewarm water, bicarbonate of soda, and a little bit of elbow grease. Follow our step-by-step guide to cleaning your favourite, well-worn Birkenstock sandals.

How to clean Birkenstock sandals

Things you will need:

  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Suede cleaning brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Cloth
  • Sponge

Step 1: Remove excess dirt

  • Use the suede cleaning brush to gently brush both soles to remove surface dirt.

Step 2: Prepare the mixture

  • Mix bicarbonate of soda and water to roughly 2 parts bicarbonate of soda to 1 part water (the paste should be quite thick).

Step 3: Apply the paste

  • Apply to the footbeds using the toothbrush in circular motions.
  • Avoid the exposed cork sides.
  • Cover thoroughly.

Step 4: Clean using the sponge

  • Remove all the mixture.
  • Don’t over-saturate with water.

Step 5: Dab dry with the cloth

  • Leave to dry in a cool place (drying in direct sunlight can crack the cork soles).
  • Finally, use the suede brush again to soften the soles.

If you haven’t already guessed, we’re major fans of Birkenstock here at schuh , and if you haven’t got around to treating your feet to a pair from this year’s cracking selection, you might want to pop on over and get shopping. Shop men’s, women’s & kids’ styles online today!

Fancy cleaning up your act some more? We have a few other guides for you to follow: How to Clean Suede Shoes & How to Clean Hunter Wellies.

Not got what you need to keep your shoes clean? We’ve got a range of shoe care products to help you out. You are welcome!