How to clean your shoes? Easy tips for you

Your leather and suede shoes should be cleaned so that it is in good condition with different products and methods that best suits your shoes. Try to clean them once in 3 months and condition them properly once in a year, the best way to keep your shoes new forever.

Easy tips to clean your leather shoes-

  1. Find out whether the leather is finished or unfinished. You should look on the shoe tag or on the shoe box.Untreated leather requires different cleansers than treated leather. Most leather shoes are treated.                                          
  2. Remove caked on dirt or stains with a soft brush. Rub the brush against the surface of the shoes until it loosens.                                                                     
  3. Rub a clean, dry cloth against the entire surface of the leather shoes.                      
  4. Dampen the cloth lightly. Wipe it against the surface of the shoes with the grain of the leather. Only do this with finished leather.Treat unfinished leather with saddle soap. It is available in most shoe and tack stores. Dampen a cloth, rub some saddle soap onto it and rub together to get a lather. Apply the lather to the shoes, while rubbing gently. Wipe away the lather. Let the shoes dry completely inside.                                                              
  5. Allow the leather to dry completely, by placing it in open air inside.Do not place the shoes near a heater or in the sunlight. Both can cause cracking and discoloration.                                                                                                 
  6. Treat the leather.Apply cream polish in the same colour as the shoes, if you are cleaning finished leather. Leather polish is available in most shoe stores. Apply the cream polish with a soft cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes, then buff to a shine with a clean soft cloth or soft brush. Add a drop of water to the soft cloth to bring to a shine. Apply an oil like mink oil to unfinished leather. This helps preserve the leather. Apply with a clean cloth. Buff with a clean soft cloth.                                                                   
  7. Store leather shoes outside of the box. Give them a day’s rest in between wearing them to allow them to air out. With these steps, they will last longer.

Easy tips to clean your suede shoes-

  1. Buy a suede brush at a shoe store. These specialized brushes have a small wire implement and bristle that helps keep suede’s natural nap.                             
  2.  Use a rubber pencil eraser to remove scuffs and smudges on the surface of the suede.                                                                                                                      
  3. Brush the shoes all over with a suede brush. Brush in 1 direction.                             
  4. Remove stains on the shoes.If your suede shoes have got wet, remove excess liquid with a paper towel. Then, allow them to dry naturally. Brush the shoes with a suede brush after they have dried.If your suede shoes have grease spots, apply talcum powder to the stain. Rub it deep into the stain. Then, allow it a few hours to dry. Brush with a suede brush to remove the grease.                                                                                                       
  5. Apply a silicone based spray to weatherproof suede shoes. This should be done immediately after they are purchased, and again each year.                              
  6. Store suede shoes in the open air. You may want to use a shoe tree. Give them time to air out in between wearing them.