Shoes are essential and part of our daily wearing. After buying an expensive pair of shoes it is equally important to take care of them. There are different types of shoes used for various activities of life. To keep your shoes looking their best, clean them regularly, particularly in harsh weather like snow and ice. If you want to care for leather shoes and you want to keep them beautiful and shiny for years to come Condition them every month or so to moisturize the leather, and then polish them for that lovely sheen. You may want to waterproof your shoes, though many modern shoes already come with a protective layer. When you put them away, store them properly, which will keep them pristine.
Remove dirt with a soft cloth. Rub off as much dirt and grime as you can with a clean, dry cloth. Try to scrape off any loose mud, for instance, and wipe away any excess salt. Apply a cleaner with a soft brush. use water and vinegar to deal with salt stains. Salt stains leave a white residue on your shoes. Mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water. Gently rub the mixture into the salt stains using a soft cloth or brush. Keep adding the mixture to your shoes to remove the stain. Allow your shoes to air dry at room temperature. Leave your shoes out to dry thoroughly before you apply polish, conditioner, or other treatment. Don't use heat, however, as it can damage the leather. Leave them alone for sometime.
Polishing Your Footwear
If your shoes have laces, First Remove the laces from the shoes. gently pull them out from the eyelets one by one until you've separated them from the shoes. Laces can prevent the polish or conditioner from spreading evenly across the shoe.
Condition your shoes after every 15-20 wears. Conditioning helps moisturize the leather. If leather dries out, it can crack, leading to damaged shoes. Use a clean cloth to rub the conditioner in using small circular movements.
Apply a polish to your shoes once a month for protection. Using light pressure, use circles to add small amounts of polish to the shoe. A soft cloth or horsehair brush is good for this task. Keep applying the polish until you've covered the shoe. Wipe any excess off. A wax-based polish will provide more protection for your shoes.Make sure you match the color of the polish to the color of your shoes. Once you think you have a good color, apply a little polish in an inconspicuous place to see if it matches.
You can also weatherproof your shoes. Weatherproofing products with beeswax provide a good seal against the weather. You can apply the it to the shoe with a clean cloth or brush, and then rub it in using small circles. Wipe off any excess, and let your shoes dry. Another shoe care precaution is to protect from wet weather.
If you want to protect your expensive pair of leather shoes, you can put galoshes on over your shoes, particularly if you live in a rainy climate and need to walk a lot. You can avoid the moisture and salt. Galoshes are available in many shapes and styles.
Organise your shoes properly in a shoe rack or some where on floor. Do not pile up and crush them so that the shape of your shoes is maintained. Do not walk on your heels, Do not drag them unnecessarily. Use shoes as per the ocassion. You can store expensive leather shoes in fabric. If not in use for longer period put shoe tree inside for storage.
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