We can all agree that having options when it comes to your shoe’drobe matters, but what about how we take care of that expensive leather?? Surely, like me, you all want that shoe to stretch as far as the money did to get it, no?
Look no further!! For the next couple of weeks, we will be posting a few tips and tricks for good shoe-care. This week’s cleaning edition is particularly focused on leather.
Let’s see how literal we can get about stretching your money’s worth.
IF YOUR LEATHER GETS DIRTY, CLEAN IT.
Yes, leather can be cleaned as good as that pair of sneaks!!
Start by always handling your leather with clean hands - oil and residue will easily transfer to leather. Briskly sweep your leather shoes with a soft, dry, or slightly damp cloth. Once or twice a year, remove dirt buildup by wiping down your leather shoes with a cleaner made specifically for leather. Brush off dirt and debris using a horsehair brush. You can find out from local leather shops on the best polish suitable for the kind of leather you have. Find one you are most confident to use and stick to it. Apply in a circular motion, and wipe off with a slightly damp cloth to avoid clogging the pores of the leather. If a more intense clean is required then lather with saddle soap using a damp paper towel or cloth. Wipe excess soap from the shoes and allow to air dry.
IF YOUR LEATHER GETS WET, DRY IT.
When drying a pair of shoes, stuff the inside with newspaper to help the shoes hold its shape and to help absorb moisture from the interior. Do not use a heat source to speed up the drying.Gently blot (not rub!) excess as soon as possible, and allow the rest to air dry.
IF YOUR LEATHER GETS TOO DRY, CONDITION IT
Just like good hair needs conditioner after a good wash for that sheer shine, so do your leather shoes!
Massage a high-quality leather conditioner ,e.g Dr.Martens wonder balsam or Dubbin, into the leather and use a clean cloth to gently wipe off excess. Using a horse hair brush or soft cloth, apply a leather conditioner to the shoe uppers. A neutral conditioning cream is convenient and can be used on all of your leather shoes, but a colour-matched cream will help cover small scratches, scrapes and scuffs. To prolong the life of leather soles (and assist with water resistance), apply dubbin to the upper and the soles once or twice a year. Allow to air dry. Buff using a clean cloth or paper towel.
IF YOUR LEATHER ISN’T BEING USED, STORE IT.
Proper storage is important when caring for leather. Store leather in a space away from heat, humidity, sunlight and dust - preferably in a fabric (not plastic!) bag and/or box.. When you care for leather properly, it tends to become more beautiful, rugged and interesting over time - echoing its adventures and yours.
If your laces require cleaning, remove from shoes and hand wash in a small container using laundry detergent and warm water. Laces should be completely dry before lacing up the shoes again.
POLISHING AND PROTECTING
Apply a thin layer of neutral or colour-matched shoe polish using horse hair brush or soft cloth in a circular motion. Allow to air dry. Buff using a clean cloth or paper towel. For extra shine, repeat. Do not use acetone or alcohol-based cleaners when cleaning painted or dyed shoes, as this will remove the finish. Lustre cream or shoe polish may affect the finish of painted shoes. Never use heat to dry leather shoes. Always air dry at room temperature. If shoes are very damp then stuffing with newspaper will aid in the drying process and help them keep their shape.
Cheers to healthy leather shoes!
We hope that this blog helped you and that you keep adding to your shoe collection by shopping with TSL ;)