Crocs are one of the most popular sandals in the world and come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. They are a very popular choice for daily use as well as in work environments or for walking at the beach and are incredibly versatile due to the fact that they are lightweight, comfortable, fairly durable, and simple.
Whether you rely on your crocs for day to day use or something more relaxed, like all footwear, crocs can start to show signs of wear and will get quite dirty, which is a shame as crocs are often available in vivid and eye-catching colors, which can easily become washed out or subdued my excess grime and dirt.
Keeping your crocs clean is a must if you want to get the best out of them, so in this guide we’re going to look at some of the best methods for washing crocs so you can keep them in great condition for longer, increasing your value for money and enjoyment of these awesome sandals.
Washing Rubberized Crocs
Rubber crocs are one of the most popular styles the brand offers, but keeping them clean can be difficult. Follow these steps to give them a good clean and keep them in great condition.
- Rinse the crocs with standard tap water. It’s important to do this to remove loose debris and dirt and will help prepare everything for soap to be added, helping suds to form and making things a lot easier overall.
- Use some mild detergent or soap in a bucket and mix with some warm water. Mix them well until a healthy amount of suds forms. Using soap is key to breaking down more stubborn stains and grime that will resist water, but don’t use anything too harsh as this could damage the material of the crocs themselves.
- Allow the crocs to soak in the bucket as you scrub to help loosen more stubborn dirt and to help keep the mess in one place. Letting the Crocs soak for a while in the soapy water before you start scrubbing them can make the scrubbing process much easier too, which is really helpful.
- Once soaked, use a simple brush or rag to scrub off any remaining grime. This could be quick or take a little longer depending on how dirty the crocs are and how long they soaked.
- If there are tougher stains you can’t wash off, consider using a stain remover after scrubbing to attack these stains and help remove them. Take care to only use the stained part of the shoe, however, to avoid damaging the other parts of the shoe.
- Rinse the shoes well and allow them to air dry completely before use. Don’t leave your Crocs out in the sunshine however as excessive heat can deform your Crocs and ruin their shape and comfort for you.
Washing Winter Crocs
Some Crocs have a winter lining, and cleaning these uses a slightly different technique which we’ll look at here.
- First of all get some absorbent cleaning powder such as baking soda, which is readily available and well known for its cleaning and antibacterial properties. Cornmeal or dry oatmeal will also work as neutral powders for the purposes of this task.
- Sprinkle your powder of choice into the lining and cover as much as possible, turning the crocs to get a good even spread. If you choose to use salt, use a little extra as it’s harder to spread around.
- Allow the powder to sit for around 3 hours, then shake it all out over a sink or bin to prevent spreading mess. You can also use a brush to remove excess in the liner and to fluff the lining back up to cozy proportions.
- Avoid using water on the winter lining as this will ruin it or severely affect its long-term quality. If the liner is really dirty consider getting the shoes dry cleaned instead of resorting to water or liquid cleaning.
- If there’s no alternative, you can use a hand wash but take care as the lining often won’t look the same after this process. Try to use gentle soaps or a sheepskin shampoo and warm water, rinsing thoroughly and air drying fully for 1 to 2 days.
Keeping canvas Crocs clean can be even more difficult. Thankfully you can follow these steps to keep them in tip-top condition.
- Remove the laces from the shoe to make things easier to clean. Ideally, you should allow the laces to soak in soapy water while you clean the main part of the shoe, then hang them to air dry thoroughly.
- Scrub soapy water into the canvas with a small scrub brush and make sure to test out a small inconspicuous area first to ensure that no damage occurs to the color or texture of the canvas, before cleaning the entire shoe.
- Make sure to avoid scrubbing over labels to keep them in good condition and prevent them from falling off.
- If there are tough stains, use a laundry stain remover to treat this specific area of the shoe, but make sure to keep this away from the rest of the canvas. Follow the instructions on the specific brand of stain remover you like to use.
- Rinse the canvas thoroughly with a wet sponge and clean water to remove all soap and stain remover, and ensure all suds and soap are totally soaked up and removed.
- Use a towel to absorb the worst of the remaining water, then allow the shoes to air dry thoroughly for several hours, however, don’t leave them in direct sunlight for too long as this may damage the color of the canvas significantly and wash them out.