Leather Care >> How To Maintain Leather Shoes
Clean and Maintain Leather Shoes
Leather shoes have been around for a long time – long before leather cleaners were created. Although we found several interesting options, we listed just six of the easiest and least expensive solutions:
* The United States Air Force has a great way of cleaning leather shoes. They use a clean cloth, apply good old-fashioned petroleum jelly onto the leather, and then rub it in a circular motion. After allowing the leather shoes to sit for about an hour, another clean cloth is used to wipe it off. Interestingly, the ladies discovered that buffing with an old pair of pantyhose brings out the best shine!
* Another option for cleaning leather is using Goop, which is
actually a waterless hand cleaner. Not only will Goop clean your
leather shoes but it will also condition them, help remove stains,
and best of all, it's inexpensive. Goop is sold at retail and
automotive parts stores.
* Some people use WD40, which will work for cleaning off dirt
and mud. It also helps to make the leather a bit softer and improves
repell water. Keep in mind that WD40 does not do anything for
* Saddle Soap works wonders. Originally developed for saddles,
bridles, and other leather horse tack, riders discovered that
it is also excellent for cleaning leather boots. Once the Saddle
Soap has dried, simply condition your leather shoes with a small
amount of Mink Oil.
* Another method for cleaning leather shoes is to spray a small
amount of high quality furniture polish onto a clean cloth and
rub in. The polish helps to moisten the leather and brings out
a nice shine.
* Kiwi wax, is a high quality brand found at most retail and shoe stores. Using a soft clean cloth, gently rub in a thin layer of the wax. It also works well for cleaning leather.
Best Polish & Best Oil
While you'll find hundreds of product brands on the market, what
is most important is the ingredients in those products. Below
is a list of ingredients you want to look for and the results
you will get from each:
* Beeswax – Adds water-repelling properties for waterproofing
* Emu Oil – Penetrates deep into the leather, restoring its natural
* Eucalyptus Oil – Fights against mold and mildew and prevents breakdown of stitching
* Lanolin – Excellent for softening leather
* Pinegum – Covers scratches and restores faded or washed out
* Tea Tree – Works the same as Eucalyptus Oil
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