Not too long ago, shoes were made of Leather, canvas for sports shoes or rubber for wellington boots, they came in very few colors, Black, Brown or White and cleaning them was a simple affair wax polish brushes and a cloth for leather, water and a cloth for wellingtons and a whitener for your sneakers. |
These days though Shoes come in many different materials and in so many different colors that cleaning them and caring for them has become something of a science in itself.
In years gone by back in the days when leather shoes came in either Black or Brown, you would buy a wax polish with a black or brown dye mixed into it depending on your shoe color, The wax polish really brought a great shine to your shoes and because of the colored dye in it, it also covered up scratches and scrapes on the surface of the shoe.
These days you can purchase a clear wax polish to use leather shoes of any color and the results are just as effective as they were in the past. Cleaning Smooth Leather Shoes
Remove dirt by cleaning with a leather cleaner made specifically for smooth leathers. You can use saddle soap or a smooth leather shoe cleaner.
Shoe cleaners come in gels, foams, sprays, liquids and creams. Many leather cleaners come with an applicator top, or you can use a soft shoe brush to aid in removing dirt from the surface of the shoe. This will also help to remove dirt from any cracks in the shoes.
After cleaning, let the shoes dry for a few minutes and begin shining the shoes with a soft cotton cloth - either a shoe shine cloth, or even an old t-shirt, as long as it's soft and made of cotton.
Cleaning with Wax Polish
When cleaning your shoes using a wax polish you will need a damp cloth, 2 soft shoe brushes(optional you can use 2 dry clothes) and of course the wax polish.
1) Remove the laces from the shoes, this ensures access to the tongue of the shoe.
2) Use the damp cloth to remove any dirt on the shoes and then leave the shoe to dry.
3) Using a soft brush or a cloth press it into the wax polish and then apply it to the shoe using a circular motion.
4) let the polish dry on the shoe for about 5 minutes, the shoe will become dull and faded looking.
5) Use the second brush or dry cloth to remove the excess polish and to buff up the shoe in a brisk forward backwards motion until the shoes look as good as the day you bought them.
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