Caring for Shoes

Tools and Materials

Cleaning and Polishing Smooth Leather Shoes

  1. Before you apply any creams or polishes to your shoes, you must first clean them.
  2. For leather, use Leather Cleaner. Apply the cleaner with a damp cloth. Wipe with sponge. To remove mud, use a
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Buff to a shine with a horsehair brush. For the final buffing, use a soft flannel cloth.

Cleaning Suede Shoes

  1. Sponge very lightly with a shampoo formulated especially for suede.
  2. 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.
  3. Suede conditioner will help to rejuvenate color.
  4. And finally apply waterproofer