Caring for Shoes
Tools and Materials
- Leather Cleaner
- Suede shampoo
- Suede brush
- Shoe cream and polish, both brown and black
- Application brush for each color of polish
- Horsehair buffing brushes (one for dark colors and one for light)
- Several soft flannel cloths for buffing
Cleaning and Polishing Smooth Leather Shoes
- Before you apply any creams or polishes to your shoes, you must first clean them.
- For leather, use Leather Cleaner. Apply the cleaner with a damp cloth. Wipe with sponge. To remove mud, use a
- Wipe the shoe with a damp sponge, stuff it with newspaper, and allow it to dry completely. (You should repeat this process after exposure to rain or snow.)
- Apply a fresh coat of polish. Use a colored polish if you want to mask scratches and fading. Cream polishes are best for long-term shoe care.
- Buff to a shine with a horsehair brush. For the final buffing, use a soft flannel cloth.
Cleaning Suede Shoes
- Sponge very lightly with a shampoo formulated especially for suede.
- To raise nap of the shoe, brush gently with a rubber, nylon, or brass-wire brush made for this purpose. This will also remove dirt and mud.
- Suede conditioner will help to rejuvenate color.
- And finally apply waterproofer