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The following are instructions for general leather cleaning: Before cleaning leather, determine whether the leather is finished - like luggage, furniture and garments - or unfinished - like baseball gloves, work boots and saddles. Then follow the instructions below to keep your leather looking fabulous.
1Step - Place a small amount of a gentle, moisturizing soap such as Dove on a damp cloth and bring it to a light lather.
2Step - Rub the damp cloth on the leather without putting too much water on the leather.
3Step - Wipe away lather with a fresh damp cloth. Don't rinse the leather in water.
4Step - Polish leather with a dry towel.
5Step - Treat leather with a leather conditioner after it has dried completely.
Tips & Warnings
Cleaning leather is a dangerous game. Cleaning can change the color or appearance of the leather. Always test the cleaning on a small invisible patch of leather before proceeding on the whole item.
Avoid products like mink oil, shoe polish and waxes when cleaning leather furniture or garments.
1Step - Use a damp cloth or sponge to rub saddle soap into the leather; work soap into a light lather.
2Step - Wipe away lather and allow to air dry.
3Step - Oil leather with a leather preservative such as mink oil.
1 year ago
Very simple solution to smelly leather sandles. First wash them with mild soap and water...use more suds than water to clean off all the dirt. Try not to "soak" the sandles. After they are clean...treat them with a leather cleaner/conditioner. Sun dry.
The most important thing about leather sandles is not to put filthy feet inside of them. I do a quick rinse before I wear mine. One way or the other even with washing your feet leather will become dirty over time and call smell.
Washing them weekly with mild soap and setting in the sun to dry will get rid of the smell...but your leather will start to wear faster and absorb sweat if not treated with a conditioner.
Well, Leather Sandals are my favorite sandals. Lysol disinfect and my girlfriend's hair dryer on high heat seem to do the trick, but having a few spare pairs doesn't hurt either.
I have this problem too with leather sandals in general. Although now I have some sandals that seem to be treated differently and don't smell (yet). Try leaving them outside in the sun when you don't use them, instead of inside. When I worked as a lifeguard and my sandals would sit in the sun when I wasn't wearing them they never smelled.
OK, I own one of the most popular SKETCHERS from Shoe Pavilion Leather Sandals. I've tried freezing, Rubbing Alcohol,Fabreeze, Foot Powders and Trimedic spray with no good results. Still with he same PUNGENT smell strangely only with my Sandals and not any other shoes or rubber sandals. Quite sad because these are probably the most comfortable foot wear I own... PERIOD!
All I have left to try is leave out in the sun and... well... as you all know... buy a new pair.
Try spraying with Simple Solution (available in pet stores) or Krud Kutter (available in paint stores and Home Depot). Both are non-toxic. Dry in the sun if possible. Most important, dust inside of shoes with baby powder before every wearing. (We live in Florida and hate socks!)
Try wiping the sandals with vinegar water. Vinegar kills bacteria. If damp set out in the sun to dry.
I've found this happens every year by the end of the summer. Leaving them in the sunshine on the deck for most of the day helps remove the smell. I do this with sneakers also.
I have frozen my sandals many times and that doesn't work. As soon as they thaw the smell comes back. Freezing doesn't kill bacteria, it freezes it. Boiling kills bacteria. I also tried using Armor All and that doesn't work. I don't think I can boil my sandals so I'm going to try the lysol trick. Also putting gold bond foot powder on the sandal before use, not alot just enough to to cover it thinly, will keep the smell gone for most of the day. But one must repeat this before every use.
My feet reek in my leather Keen's. Someone suggested the freezer trick. I googled it and found this link. I'm deperate enough to try it.
I have several pairs of leather sandals that are worn during the spring & summer months. One pair, which was the most expensive, started to smell after only a few wearings - so I put them away. I will try the freezer tip and, if that does not help, the Lysol spray. Will post the results FYI.
I have the same problem with my Born sandals. They are so comfy, but I also have the nasty odor problem with them which I've never had before. I will try the freezer and/or lysol solutions. Has anyone tried this yet? With or without success?
Wow -- I thought I was the only one! My feet NEVER, ever smelled in other shoes, but I found mine doing the same thing in the Born Sandals I purchased. I don't have a solution, but I think I will try that Lysol tip. I just read about that in a magazine the other day so I'm sure it works.
This is a bit off your subject, but I was trying to find a place to fit it in, I live in Wahington and I am always ont he look-out for comfortable shoes.We have a variety, pharmacy called Bartells, and I found the most comfortable pair of shoes for 9.99.They are that garden shoe, the kind that have a wide toe and little holes on the top.They are very cushy.Kersti, from Bellevue,
Put them in a plastic bag or shoe box in the freezer over night. The smell is from bacteria & the freeze kills the germs.
I would contact the manufacturer. If you let them know that this has never happened before with other brands and that you are very disappointed in their product (especially since they were so expensive) they may be able to tell you what to do...OR they may even send you a free pair. Companies will do that sometimes to keep their customers happy, and to keep their customers. Good Luck!
I had the same thing happen - leather tends to do this when we use footwear without a sock of some sort. I tried several things, but finally conquered the problem with Lysol disinfentant spray, saturating the insole as soon as I got home and letting them dry thoroughly before reusing. I had to repeat each time I wore them - we live in the desert where it can easily hit 120 degrees in the summer, so sweaty feet are a given. Good luck.
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