For the majority of the time, a good scrub will do the trick when cleaning your Crocs! Most of the stains and smudges can be removed with a little manual labor. However, in cases where elbow grease is not enough, you can bring in some components to clean your Crocs.
Sadly, despite your utmost efforts to keep them spotless, shoes are susceptible to stains and filth for obvious reasons. Darker Crocs can conceal stains and dirt, but for white or light-colored Crocs, you’ve got no chance to hide the stains, which definitely shouldn’t be your aim too!
How to clean Crocs without damaging them? How to revive them like they are just out-of-the-box as a new pair?
Keep reading to learn how to quickly get your unique pair of Crocs back to looking brand-new in no time!
How Long Do Crocs Take To Clean?
It is based on how unclean your Crocs are. It will just take a few minutes to remove a few minor scuff marks from the tops, for tougher stains it can take 15-20 minutes.
It may take longer to reach the ridges on the sole’s bottom, nooks behind the strap clasp, and the ventilated ports on the upper.
What’s Needed For Cleaning Dirty Crocs?
You need to gather a few materials before you start cleaning. Crocs are often simply only a mild cleaner and gentle message to restore their original beauty. but for tougher stains, you have to grab some additional supplies. Based on the various types of Crocs, here’s what you’ll need in general according to professional cleaner Jennifer.
- Soft-bristled Brush
- Microfiber Cloth
- Mild Liquid Detergent
- Baking Soda and Vinegar(for stain removal)
- Leather cream
- Water repellent spray
- Stain Remover etc.
How To Clean Crocs: All The Different Kinds!
Whether you own classic Crocs or the comfy fleece-lined ones, here are solutions to cleaning various types of Crocs. Let’s get going!
Cleaning Classic Croslite Material Crocs
You can either use the gentle cycle on your washing machine to wash Classic Crocs hand wash or spot-clean them. here’s how to manually wash them.
What You Need:
- Mild Detergent/ Laundry-Stain Remover
- Magic Eraser(optional)
- Scrub Brush
- Toothbrush (for ridges and small vents)
- Microfiber Cloth
Step 1: Warm Water-Detergent Solution Soak
Get a bucket and fill it with mildly warm water. Now add some mild detergent or laundry stain remover to it. The next step is to submerge your Crocs in soapy water. You don’t need to scrub physically at this point because the soapy water will do the trick just fine. Let the soapy water dissolve the particles as you leave the Crocs in the solution for a while.
Step 2: Scrubbing
Use a scrub brush or rag to begin wiping off the dirt while the Crocs are in the water. Depending on how unclean your shoes are, this could take a while. To access the vent openings or other difficult-to-reach areas, use a toothbrush.
For tougher stains, you can use a generic magic eraser. Go over the inside and outside of your Crocs using the Eraser. And on the Crocs’ outer soles, use the corner of a magic eraser to clean in between the tread ridges.
Step 3:Fresh-Water Rinse
The next step is a freshwater rinse. This will hopefully clear the entire mess. Rinse the slippers in the sink with fresh water until there are no longer any soap bubbles and dirt. To remove extra moisture, use a paper towel to blot the interior of your Crocs.
Step 4: Air-Dry Or Blow-Dry
Give your Crocs several hours to air dry. To dry the interior, you can also use a blow-dryer on a low setting.
You can check out this video which demonstrates how you can clean classic Crocs quickly
Cleaning Crocs With Fleece
As the linings of fleeced Crocs and other kinds with fluff are not removable, it is advised to clean them gently. The issue is actually not with washing them. Getting the stench out of your crocs’ fur line appears to be the issue. Here’s how to revive and deodorize them.
What You Need
- Wet Wipes
- Microfiber cloth
- Mild Detergent
- Baking soda
- Deodorant Powder(optional)
Step 1: Wet-Wiping The Outer Surface
Use a rubber-safe wipe to remove surface-level dirt and excess soil on the outside of the Crocs. Scrunch to fit between the Crocs’ holes and outsole ridges. You can also use a damp microfiber cloth instead.
Sep 2: Cleaning The Inner Lining
In the next step, warm water and a few drops of mild detergent are combined to make a solution. After that, soak a microfibre cloth in the solution and wring out the excess solution. To get rid of the dirt on the inner lining, wipe gently with the cloth.
Step 3: Wipe and Air-Dry
Once the interior of the lining has been thoroughly cleaned, dampen another microfiber cloth by dipping it in warm water. Squeeze water out until the cloth is barely moist and get rid of soap residues on the fleece lining using that cloth.
Finally, allow your Crocs to air-dry.
Baking Soda Treatment To Deodorize
Lorna has given an effective solution to stenchy Crocs. Using one part baking soda, one part white vinegar, and two parts water, make a baking soda paste. Spend a minute gently massaging the paste into the fur linings of your Crocs. Leave them for 10 minutes or so. Finally, rinse thoroughly with ice-cold water and carefully squeeze any extra water out.
For more effect, you can combine some deodorant powder with the solution so that the final product keeps the delicate scent that was before lost.
For a demonstration, you can check this video out!
Cleaning Leather Crocs
The leather Crocs are a bit more delicate than the other types of Crocs. So, you must continue to keep them dry. Also, it’s best to avoid using any harsh chemicals like alcohol or bleach as they will take your shoes’ luster away. You can follow to steps of Sara Dennis while cleaning them.
What You Need
- Microfiber Cloth
- Mild detergent
- Leather Cream/Polish
- Water-Repellent Spray
- Remove dirt and other filth off leather uppers by wiping with a damp microfiber cloth soaked in warm water.
- Now, make a solution with water and a few drops of mild detergent. Soak another cotton cloth in it, and clean the synthetic soles and heels.
- Then, apply leather cream to revive the leather’s luster. Apply the leather cream onto the leather with a soft cloth or cotton brush in a circular motion.
- Finally, spritz your leather Crocs with a water-repellent spray to help them stay dry.
Cleaning Suede/Lamb Wool Crocs
Using a suede care kit is a great method to clean off dirt and stains from your Suede Crocs. This suede cleaning kit comes with a specific soap, brush, and eraser that can get rid of anything from water stains to dirt. If you don’t have a suede cleaning kit, just use these simple instructions stated by Mary Marlowe Levere
What You Need
- Suede Brush/Soft BristledBrush
- Impregnation Spray
- Mild Soap(for heavy stains)
- Microfiber Cloth
- Brush the loose dirt off the Crocs’ uppers with a suede brush or a soft-bristled nylon brush. For mud or wet dust, allow them to dry first, then brush them off.
- Now, combine warm water and a few drops of mild soap. Take a microfiber cloth, dip it in, and squeeze off the excess moisture.
- Spot-clean the shoe’s uppers, bottoms, and interior to remove stains.
- To remove any soapy residue from the outside and interior of the uppers, dampen another clean soft cloth with fresh water, then give a final wipe off to your shoes
- Let the shoes fully air dry. And for finish protection, apply impregnation spray.
Cleaning Canvas Style Crocs
If you have to deal with muddy canvases, don’t clean them until they are completely dry. By slapping the sneakers on concrete or tapping the soles together over a garbage bin, you can remove any loose dirt. Here’s what to do according to shoe care specialist Penny Simmons.
What You Need
- Mild Soap
- An old, soft-bristled toothbrush
- Microfiber Cloth
- Stain Remover(for tougher stain)
- To clean the laces on your canvas, unlace them, dunk them in a sink filled with warm, soapy water, and rinse the laces with fresh water after washing them.
- After that, thoroughly rinse the shoes inside and out with warm water.
- Now, dip a toothbrush into some soapy water and brush the areas that are stained on your canvas. Alternatively, you can treat the spots with a stain remover that you would use on your clothes. 10 minutes are needed to let the stain set.
- Next use fresh water to thoroughly rinse the stain remover or soap residue
- Finally, let your Crocs air dry, but keep them out of the light to prevent the dyed cloth from fading.
It will need more than just soap and water to get rid of your Crocs’ odor. Baking soda is an effective remedy since it absorbs odors. For this, put a healthy portion of baking soda inside of each Croc and place them in a plastic bag. Place the bag in the freezer, then let it be there all night. Shake out the baking soda in the morning.
After you have finished cleaning your Crocs, it’s now time to get it all dried up before reusing it. All styles of Crocs should be air-dried only. Direct sunlight or high heat from the blower may damage the shoes
The manufacturers recommend not washing your Crocs in the washing machine, because the temperature is too high. Since Crocs are composed of Croslite which is a closed-cell resin material, they may shrink or distort when exposed to high temperatures for an extended period of time.
If you own a pair of classic white Crocs, you can manually wash or spot-clean them with mild detergent and water. After that, get your baking soda. Polish your Crocs with baking soda until they sparkle with a fresh, damp microfiber cloth.
Get a soft cloth, a toothbrush, and a bowl of warm water with some mild dish soap to deal with fuzzy Crocs. Gently wipe the outside and interior of your Crocs by moistening your microfiber cloth with warm water and dish soap. And clean the vent holes and the outsoles with your cleaning toothbrush. Wipe off with a clean damp cloth.
If your Crocs are made of napa Leather, wipe away any dust or grime with a moist cloth and apply a natural waxy shoe cream. And for patent leather, gently wipe off the Crocs with a clean, moist towel, and then use leather cream. Finish off with a water-repellant spray
You should clean your Crocs once every 4 weeks for the best outcomes. If your Crocs get dirty frequently, wash them in mild soapy water to keep them clean and odor-free. And for tougher stains, it’s better to clean them immediately.
For Classic Croc styles made only with patented Croslite material, you can manually wash or spot clean with mild soap and cold water. Alternatively, you can also use a mild detergent and send them for a spin on the gentle cycle in the washing machine.
Use a moist cloth and mild soap to clean Crocs with fleece, or use the gentle cycle on your washing machine with the lowest heat setting. Use cold water and liquid laundry detergent in the washing machine since hot water can start to break down the glue that binds shoes together.
To remove dirt, debris, or stains from canvas-style Crocs, treat with mild soap and use a moist rag or soft brush. And for suede or wool Crocs, use a waterproofing spray after using a soft brush to carefully clean the upper of them.
If you have classic white Crocs that have become really dirty, you can add bleach to the water by filling the bleach container’s cap with bleach and combining it with the water, it will hopefully make you white Crocs white again.
Your Crocs may be your go-to shoes, but that doesn’t mean they never require a little assistance to look their best. Here are some tricks to keep your Crocs in good condition for a long time and make them more shiny.
In the first place, avoid leaving them in a place where they are prone to getting excessive heat or direct sunlight. Also never dry Crocs with excessive heat since the foam may become warped in extremely hot conditions. Finally, avoid using abrasive cleaners or chemicals on your shoes. These may tarnish the surface or weaken the glue holding the soles in place.
Hope you have got an idea of how to clean Crocs of various kinds. Good luck with bringing back the fresh look on them!