How to clean esparto espadrilles, one of the favorite summer garments.
Have your esparto espadrilles got stained and you don't know how to clean them?
Don't worry; Here we leave you a couple of very easy tricks to clean your jute or esparto espadrilles, whatever the style they are.
Necessary materials for cleaning your espadrilles.
To put these cleaning tricks into practice, you need to have on hand: neutral natural soap, a clean cloth, a soft-bristled brush, and baking soda (to remove any traces of bad odors). Additionally, if your shoes are made of white fabric, we recommend our Oxygen Booster Nº04 so that they look like the first day again and before storing them in the closet, spray them with our No. 230 Anti-odor Perfume.
Introduction to esparto espadrilles
Espadrilles are a very comfortable and simple type of footwear that is generally made of natural fibers such as cotton, leather, wicker or canvas with esparto grass soles. The most common are esparto-soled espadrilles with or without heels. It is common for us to use them throughout the summer, even until the beginning of autumn.
How to clean different types of espadrilles
Now, depending on the type of espadrille, its preparation and its material, you will have to clean it in one way or another. For example, something that you should never do is wash your esparto espadrilles in the washing machine, since jute does not get along very well with humidity, it can become deformed and damaged.
How to clean jute or esparto espadrilles
- Step 1: Brush the espadrille The first thing you should do is clean the entire espadrille with a soft-bristled brush. Brushing should always be done in the same direction to avoid dragging or tearing the fibers of the fabric or untwisting the jute.
- Step 2: Rub the espadrille with a semi-damp cloth Afterwards, and with a semi-damp cloth, rub all the footwear, taking care that there is no excess moisture. We advise you to always start by rubbing on the part of the fabric and ending with the heel or sole (the jute).
- Step 3: Remove stains from the espadrilles with neutral natural soap. Dilute a little bit of any of our Home Healthy Home natural soaps . It is important that during cleaning you insert gauze or kitchen paper into the shoe to absorb excess moisture. If your shoe is made of white canvas, you can make a kind of paste with a little hot water and our Oxygen Booster Nº04. Distribute it on the white canvas and let it rest for at least an hour. Remove the remains of the product with a damp cloth with a few drops of natural soap.
- Step 4: Remove excess moisture with a clean cloth While you clean them, always avoid allowing the espadrille to acquire excess moisture. Therefore, after brushing it you should remove excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth. Next, brush the espadrille one last time (the brush must be dry).
- Step 5: Dry the espadrille in the open air. Finally, put the espadrilles to dry in an outdoor place where the sun does not shine and pick them up only when they are completely dry. You can leave them in the sun for a couple of hours, but not for long, since the sun eats up the colors and the color of your espadrilles could be affected.
Tips to prevent espadrilles from getting damaged
To keep your espadrilles looking like new, avoid excess moisture, do not use corrosive detergents, bleach, do without the washing machine and dryer.
Be very careful with excess moisture
As we have indicated before, humidity is the number one enemy of esparto espadrilles. For this reason, we advise you to avoid soaking, washing completely or putting your espadrilles in the washing machine.
Do not use corrosive detergents
When cleaning shoes, it is not advisable to use whitening products such as bleach. This is because they could 'eat' the color of the shoes. For this reason, we recommend that you do not use these products to clean your espadrilles.
Do not use the washing machine
Do not use the washing machine to clean jute or esparto espadrilles. In this way you prevent the material from decomposing and the jute threads from untwisting.
If the odor problem is due to moisture, use baking soda to remove the odor.
How to do it? After cleaning the espadrilles, place a teaspoon of baking soda inside, especially at the tip.
You must leave the baking soda for 24 hours and, after this time, remove it with a semi-damp or dry cloth.
Before storing them, you can spray your shoes with our No. 230 anti-odour perfume. In this way, the smell of damp esparto grass will disappear.
Lastly, do your espadrilles slip?
You can apply hairspray on your plant to prevent this from happening. It is an almost magical trick to prevent shoes from slipping when walking.