How to Get Sand Out of Shoes

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

After a day at the beach, you're probably pretty irritated to find your shoes filled with sand. While sand in your shoes may seem harmless enough, it can cause serious issues with the insole and upper of your shoe over time if it's not cleaned properly.

While you can try to simply flip your shoes upside down and shake them out, that method doesn't always work to get rid of sand completely. If this is the case for your shoes, you can try beating them together by slamming them against a counter or wall or even hitting the soles of the shoes with each other to help dislodge any sand that's lodged inside. This method won't work for sandals, but it will help get sand out of running shoes and other closed-toed footwear.

Another option is to use a vacuum cleaner to clean your shoes. If you have a small one with a mini nozzle, this can be ideal for getting the sand out of your shoes. The small nozzle can help reach into compact areas and loosen up sticky sand that's difficult to remove with traditional methods.

You can also use a pressure hose to clean out your shoes. Just be careful not to overdo it, as a water blast can damage your shoes' uppers. If you choose to do this, be sure to swish your shoes around while they're submerged to help dislodge any grained sand that's lodged deep inside.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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