How to Clean Crocs
Crocs are one of the most popular shoe styles. They are available in various colors and materials, from the original polymer foam to canvas, leather and fur-lined styles. They are available for men, women and children in various shapes, such as sandals, flip flops, loafers, clogs and walking shoes.
Crocs are known for their casual appearance and comfort, making them ideal for wearing on the beach, at the park or home. They are specially designed to give you greater comfort and durability to wear on most surfaces. Crocs are resistant to UV damage, lightweight, insulating, and eco-friendly.
If you own one or more pairs of crocs, you may find that they become dirty, stained or slightly worn over time. There are some helpful ways to clean and care for your crocs, whether you own a few classic foam pairs or a fur-lined set of shoes.
How to Clean Classic Foam Crocs
Classic foam crocs have the easiest material to clean. This process takes just a few minutes, with a few items, including a soft scrub brush, mild laundry detergent and a cloth.
- Fill a basin with warm or cool water and rinse your crocs in the water. You may use running water for this step to remove excess dirt or grime on the shoes.
- Add a small amount of detergent to the cloth and cover the crocs in a lather.
- Place the soft scrub brush into the water and use it to gently scrub the crocs, one at a time, to remove mud, dirt and grime.
- Move the brush in circles and rinse periodically to remove excess dirt.
- Rinse the crocs in the basin once all the soap is removed, then run water over them.
- Allow the shoes to dry in a cool, dry spot
Cleaning Your Crocs in the Washing Machine
If your crocs contain an excessive amount of dirt and stains, it’s best to clean them in the washing machine. This deep clean will thoroughly clean your shoes with your next load of laundry.
- Add your crocs to your next gentle cycle of laundry, and ensure the washer is at this setting before you begin.
- It’s best to soak your crocs in cool or tepid water before you wash them, either in a basin for five minutes or in the washer.
- Run the washing machine, then remove and air dry in a cool location.
It’s important never to place crocs in a dryer, as this can cause the foam material to melt and damage the quality of your shoes. Always air dry in a cool place, preferably away from humidity and dampness.
Caring for Fur-lined or Fuzzy Crocs
If you have a pair of faux-fur crocs or another fuzzy Croc liner in your favorite pair of cozy shoes, you’ll find these are easy to clean. Since most crocs with soft interiors or fur lining cannot be removed, you can easily clean them using a washing machine. Like regular foam crocs, you can clean them in one of two ways:
- Gently wipe off any dirt or debris from the exterior or liner with a damp cloth. Use warm water and mild detergent for best results.
- Add your fuzzy-lined crocs to your washing machine and clean on the gentle cycle for a more thorough wash. This option will adequately remove dirt and stains that might not easily wipe away by hand.
Crocs Made of Canvas, Wool, or Suede
Wool and suede crocs require more maintenance to keep them looking great. In addition to using a mild soap and warm water to wash by hand or machine, there are a few extra steps to keep your suede or wool shoes from wear and tear.
Wool crocs are best maintained with a soft plastic or wire brush and should only be deep cleaned with excessive dirt or stains. Wool should typically be washed with a mild detergent designed specifically for natural fabrics, then air-dried.
Suede crocs should be cleaned by hand only and with a soft microfiber cloth wet with warm water and mild soap. It’s best to read the manufacturer’s instructions for suede and leather products, as these materials require special care to remain in good condition.
Canvas shoes are ideal for washing by hand and best to treat with warm water and a mild soap mixture. Like other crocs, canvas shoes should be left in a place that’s cool and dry after washing.
A Few Final Tips for Maintaining Your Crocs
Crocs are likely the easiest shoes to clean, wear and enjoy for a long time, without any expensive treatments or products. There are a few crucial tips to keep in mind when caring for your pair of crocs, including:
- Avoid high heat or drying machines around your crocs, including heated surfaces, hair and laundry dryers.
- Don’t use harsh cleaners or chemicals, including bleach, as this will ruin the color and material of your crocs.
- Keep your crocs in spaces where they receive lots of air, so they smell fresh. If your crocs acquire an odor, coat them in baking soda, place them in a large plastic bag for up to 24 hours, then rinse and dry.
- Make sure you buy a pair of crocs that fit well or allow for a bit of space instead of trying to stretch a pair. While some croc materials previously used were more flexible, stretching your shoes can damage them, especially if they are heated during this process.
- Never place crocs in a dishwasher, as the high heat and cleaning process can wear and damage the shoes.
If you wear unique crocs with wedge heels, decorations or other materials, treat them in the same, gentle manner when cleaning. Always use a damp or wet cloth with warm water and mild soap for best results. Detach accessories or decorations first, if they are removable, before wiping down your crocs, then re-attach them when they are dry and ready to wear.
Crocs are a great addition to any wardrobe and ideal for casual situations at home or on vacation. Whether you enjoy the classic variety with a few shoe charms or a cozy pair of suede or canvas shoes, you’ll find them easy to wear and maintain for long-term use and enjoyment.