The sun is shining, it’s time to hit the beach, have you dug out your Rainbow sandals and found they need a freshen up? Maybe you have just bought a new pair and are unsure how you keep them looking pristine?
Don’t worry, today Shoestorenyc will show you how to clean Rainbow sandals.
While tempting, a walk in the sea or along a stream is not the answer. These flip-flop style sandals need as much care as you would give your best dress shoes.
Let’s show you how to clean both the uppers and soles of these iconic summer sandals.
What are rainbow sandals?
These sandals have been about for over 40 years and have gained such popularity that over 2 million pairs are now sold worldwide each year. Their humble beginnings were the brainchild of Jay “Sparky” Longley.
For those of you not familiar with this type of shoe, they are essentially a flip flop with a leather and rubber sole which is designed to mold to your feet. They have a thong-style upper made from either leather, hemp, nylon or rubber, or a combination of these materials. The footbed is generally made from leather.
Time to look at cleaning Rainbows and give you some tips and tricks to keep them fresh.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Rainbow Sandals
Rainbow sandals come in a variety of top materials, but this cleaning process is universal.
- An old toothbrush with a gentle bristle or something like that.
- Bowl of tepid water.
- A stain-resistant laundry detergent or dish soap.
- Soft cleaning cloths.
- A cloth or a paper towel would suffice.
Step 1: Clean the Surface
Dirt adheres to the surface of shoes on a tiny level all of the time. So, even if your Rainbow sandals appear to be in good condition, take out the little brush and scrub them dry.
You may begin the damp rub down after giving the sandals a once-over and removing everything apparent that isn’t caked on.
Wet one of the towels and wring it out as much as possible under the faucet. Wipe the sandals down with a damp cloth.
Step 2: Soak ‘Em in Soap
Now that they’re clean on the outside, your Rainbow sandals may no longer be required. However, if yours are still caked, damaged, or appear to be a lighter hue when you first acquired them, it’s time to give them a thorough cleaning.
Make sure your bowl of water is lukewarm. It’s less effective if it’s too cold, but it can destroy some of the materials in Rainbow sandals if it’s too hot.
Now add your soap and check to see whether it will discolor your sandals. If you’re not sure, try a test swatch first.
Dip a tiny part of a clean cloth into the mixture once it’s ready. Use it to clean the sandals in circular movements after wringing it out. Take care of the easier bits first, then go on to the footbed for the last step.
As your cloth becomes soiled, switch to a new part.
Step 3: Thorough Cleaning
Are there any stubborn stains that the cloth can’t remove? Re-use the toothbrush, dip it in the soapy water, and clean away.
You might as well abandon up now if the stain is on the leather. If you scrub too vigorously, the leather will be shredded!
Scrubbing is acceptable for footbed stains. The stain will ultimately come out, but if it’s stubborn, you may need to use hotter water and stiffer brushes.
If the stain isn’t on the footbed, don’t use hot water. As previously said, you risk damaging your sandals.
Step 4: Sole Scrubbing
The soles won’t require much attention; they were designed to become filthy. Apply the methods outlined above to them, but don’t be too harsh. Scratching or wearing away the tread might result in future slick accidents.
Step 5: Dry Off
To get rid of any extra water, wipe your Rainbow sandals clean with a towel and let them air dry for a day.
It’s great if you leave them in the sun, but you may also place them near a mild heat source. Avoid exposing them to direct heat for an extended period of time as this may cause the leather to dry out.
Maintaining Your Rainbow Sandals
Once you’re clean and tidy again, take steps to guarantee this is your last deep-cleaning session.
You can’t go wrong if you keep your sandals clean.
Keep Odors Away
Sandals stink, which is one of the main reasons they become old and dirty.
You can’t help it; they’re summer shoes, worn in the sun on sweaty feet. Take the effort to deodorize the sandals at least once a week to counteract the difficulties that this use produces.
Also, use a deodorizing spray on the sandals on a regular basis.
How to Get Rid of Musty Odors
Here’s how to get rid of a stink if your shoes already have one:
- Fill a ziplock bag with baking soda and place your sandals inside.
- To coat your sandals, seal the ziplock and shake it firmly.
- Allow the bag to rest for a few days, preferably out of direct sunlight.
- Once you’re pleased with how long you’ve left them, dust them off.
If the stink persists, you’ll have to take serious measures. We advise against using this procedure unless all other options have failed, as rubbing alcohol has a strong aroma of its own:
- Over a few towels pour rubbing alcohol or vodka.
- Wait until the clothes are moist, not soaked, after wringing them out.
- Place the cloth in the footbed of the sandal.
- Once the cloth has dried completely, remove it.
Your sandals should now smell like alcohol, which is cleaner and more bearable than any other lingering odour.
Treat the Leather—By Leaving It Alone
If you’re a seasoned shoe owner, you’re probably already familiar with oiling and maintaining your leather. It is critical that you understand how to mend damaged leather in a regular situation.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to stop the habit because oiling or conditioning your Rainbow sandals will invalidate the warranty.
Treatments have been known to cause the leather to come apart, so if you use one, you’re responsible because you were given ample notice.
Try the following alternatives instead of treatments to keep your leather looking new:
- Keep the Rainbow sandals out of the water; they’re OK for walks along the beach, but not on the beach.
- Keep the leather from cracking and drying out by walking in the shade or wearing long pants/skirts that throw a shadow on your feet.
- Don’t scrub the leather—be especially delicate while washing the soles and sides of your Rainbow shoes.
Get Your Feet Ready
You may spray your sandals with all the nice-smelling sprays you want, but foot odor will still damage them.
So give your feet a good clean in the shower before you put on your Rainbow sandals. Yes, even if you switch to Rainbow sandals in the middle of the day!
You may also use antiperspirant to avoid bacteria from perspiration from getting into your footbeds. Any antiperspirant would suffice, although there are several specifically designed for the foot.
Remember to thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes, and wait until your skin is completely dry before putting on your sandals. Avoid hydrating your feet before putting on Rainbow sandals since it will take longer for the lotion to absorb into your skin.
Place Them Wisely
Keep your Rainbow sandals separate from the rest of your smelly, old shoes in your moist closet. Consider putting a shoe tree on the outside of your closet door to hang your Rainbow sandals up on their own.
Are rainbow sandals waterproof?
You can, but you must ensure that they do not get saturated. As the natural oils evaporate with the water, this can cause the leather to distort or fracture as it dries. As a result, while cleaning them, make sure you simply dampen them.
When I clean my sandal, the heels and toes curl. Isn’t this common?
Yes, when Rainbow flip flops have been tainted in any manner, this is a common occurrence. Your sandals will flatten out once you wear them again.
Will cleaning my feet assist in preventing smelling rainbows?
Yes, it will undoubtedly assist. The germs on our feet feed on perspiration, which causes shoes to stink. Bacteria travel to your shoes, leaving an unpleasant stench behind.
You can assist avoid this from happening by doing a few things. After washing or bathing, make sure your feet are completely dry. If your feet are too sweaty, use a foot antiperspirant or foot powder. This will assist to keep your sandals and feet dry and fresh.
The rainbow end
Knowing how to maintain Rainbow sandals and keep them smelling nice can help them last longer and look better. After all, you’ve spent money on your flip-flops, so spending some time cleaning them makes sense.
Shoestorenyc hopes you have found some tips and tricks to clean rainbow sandals. Please leave us a comment with your own experiences or pass on any tips you might have, and don’t forget to share.