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Shoe cleaning and care

Shoe cleaning and care

Shoes are not an exclusively feminine obsession, and to appreciate as long as possible their functional and aesthetic qualities it is better to take care of them consistently by following a few simple rules, especially regarding the skin’s type or the upper’s material. Knowing how to to clean and take care of your shoes is therefore an essential prerogative to show off a flawless look on any occasion: here are all the secrets to do that in the best way.

Find out the shoes’ material

The way in which you must clean and take care of your shoes obviously depends on the upper’s typology.

Leather Shoes

It is easy to clean shoes completely made of leather, meaning the outer part or upper, in order to make them last unaltered over time. An excellent way to take care of them is following the steps hereunder:

  • - the first step is to delicately clean the shoe with a dry flannel cloth, , wiping it over the upper’s surface.
  • - now spread with a small brush for leather shoes a small amount of specific shoe polish in the same shade of the shoe’s leather. It is important to apply the polish evenly over the whole upper’s surface.
  • - let it rest for a few minutes in order for the polish to nourish the leather and penetrate deeply.
  • - finally, with a soft cloth or a big brush different from the one you used before, remove the excess shoe polish to clean also the surface.

It is essential to supply oneself with products and accessories specific for shoe cleaning and especially the right ones according to different materials, such as leather, precisely. It is also equally important to use a special brush for each shoe polish or cream colour: therefore, put aside one brush only for black shoes, one for brown shoes and so on. Per pulirle basterà risciacquarle sotto acqua corrente tiepida con sapone di Marsiglia e lasciate asciugare all'aria aperta. You can perform this operation once or twice a year, depending on your shoe brush’s use.

Suede Shoes

Suede shoes are extremely delicate and if they and without regular care and protection their refined aesthetics will not last long. Before describing the most effective cleaning method, it is worth focusing on their protection. Spray products to apply on new suede shoes are commercially available, so that they will protect them from water and dirt. Spray products create a kind of invisible, intangible protective film on the shoe’s upper and good quality films can last up to a few months.

Invece per pulire al meglio le vostre scarpe in camoscio si consiglia il seguente trattamento, considerato l'unico efficace e delicato:

  • - with the aid of a specific brush made of rubber, or even better of natural crepe, delicately clean the entire surface. A valid alternative is a shoe brush with brass bristles, which you should run evenly with extremely delicate, circular gentle movements over the whole upper.
  • We do not recommend using cream, even if described as universal. You should also avoid liquid and coloured products; the best solution is to protect and clean them with specific brushes. If you notice any stubborn stain, you should ask your cobbler for advice; he will know the best solution for your case.

    Leather and Suede Shoes

    Shoes with leather and suede upper are certainly among the finest accessories, but they are also the most difficult to clean especially at home. There is always the risk of soiling suede with leather polish, and, if there are any stains, they could spread over the shoe’s surface. We recommend bringing your shoes to a cobbler or to a specialised centre , for the cleaning of leather and suede shoes. However, if you are brave enough, there is an ad hoc method to take care of them at home. The first step is to find a specific brush with rubber bristles for suede material and then proceed to brushing with circular, gentle movements. You should completely avoid brass brushes and other cleaning products, even if labelled universal. To protect your leather and suede shoes in advance you can use specific protective spray products. You will only need to apply them on the new shoes’ upper, or on shoes cleaned by professionals, to prevent them from various stains and water.

    Canvas Shoes

    Shoes made of cotton, also named canvas shoes, are very practical and ideal for the summer. The best way to clean them and make them look as good as new is the following treatment:

    • - first, use a brush with horsehair bristles, which should be new and never used before, let alone with cream;
    • - now use a slightly damp cotton cloth and run it over the shoe, especially if the upper is not completely renewed and dirty. You can simply wash certain canvas shoe models in washing machine, particularly if they are sport shoes. Before doing that it is better to read the retailer’s information written on the inside shoe flap or in the shoebox. Another trick to keep the canvas undamaged it is letting the shoes dry naturally in case they got wet with rain, or after running over them the damp cloth. Avoid keeping them near sources of heat and to prevent in any way eventual deformations, put the relevant plastic or wooden shoe-tree inside the shoes when not used, which should be in the same size or at best a size down compared to your canvas shoes.


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