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How Do You Clean Leather Insoles Without Ruining The Shoes?

There are many shoe lovers on this planet, but no one beats Carrie Bradshaw! She tough us that wearing a nice pair of shoes is the same thing as having an impeccable manicure! More precisely, clean shoes are like a business card in this new society we’re living.

But, as beauty comes from the inside, I think the same thing is available when it comes to shoes. No matter how clean they are on the outside, as long as they are dirty and smelly on the inside. In order to respect this situation, you have to keep the insoles of your shoes clean and odorless.

There are many ways of cleaning the insoles of shoes, but when it comes to leather shoes there are some restrictions. Otherwise, you will risk ruining your favorite pair of shoes.

Why you should clean the insole of your leather shoes?
The main reason is sweat. Our feet produce sweat which will come into contact with the insole even if you wear socks or not. Don’t know how this process works, but it seems that sweat trapped between the foot and the insole alongside with body heat will encourage bacteria to grow. If not cleaned in time, the odor will begin to adhere to the insole even if you are airing the shoes properly.

How to clean leather insoles?

Leather can be more delicate than fabric-based insoles, and needs special care. Try the following technique to get the grime off and wash shoe insoles made of leather.

What you need:

  • Saddle soap
  • Two cotton or flannel cloths
  • Water

Cleaning method:

  • Dampen one cloth, make sure it is moist but not wet.
  • Remove the insoles from your shoes.
  • Pour a few drops of saddle soap on the cloth.
  • Rub it on the insoles, forming a lather.
  • Once the insoles are clean, remove the lather with the second moistened cloth.
  • Allow the insoles to dry thoroughly in an airy place.

Non-removable leather insoles:

If you cannot remove the leather insoles, wipe them clean with a diluted solution of alcohol or distilled white vinegar. Allow them to air dry. This will kill the bacteria.

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