How to Clean Leather Insoles

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How to Clean Leather Insoles
The insole is the part of the shoe that your foot rests on. (insole image by Vasiliy Koval from

Leather insoles are the inside surface of footwear and the part of the shoe that makes contact with the foot. Leather insoles should be cleaned as needed to remove stains and smells. It may take several attempts to clean insoles, and it may not always be possible to remove odours. Follow all specific manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning the leather insole of the shoe.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Leather cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Rag or washcloth

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  1. 1

    Remove the leather insole from the shoe, if possible. Dampen a soft cloth with warm water. Rub the cloth directly onto the leather insole. This will remove dust and dirt.

  2. 2

    Dip a small, soft-bristled brush, such as a nail brush or toothbrush, in leather cleaning liquid. Brush the liquid into the leather insole. Continue brushing and scrubbing until all spots are removed.

  3. 3

    Press a dry rag or washcloth into the shoe or on the leather insole to remove excess moisture.

  4. 4

    Allow the insoles to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Prevent odours by sprinkling talcum powder or baking soda in the shoes while they are not in use.

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