Mozimo’s Guide To Cleaning Your Leather Shoes
If you’ve just splashed out on a brand new pair of leather shoes then chances are you won’t want to let them get ruined any time soon! Unfortunately, many people are not fully sure on the ways to clean and maintain leather shoes and this can lead to the worst happening. So to help our lovely bunch of loyal customers we have put together the Mozimo guide to caring for your leather shoes:
Before you start, you will need to find out if your shoes’ leather is finished or unfinished as this plays a big role in how you will clean them. You can usually find this information written on the label inside the shoe.
1) Now, use a soft brush to help remove any light stains or caked on dirt. Once the larger bits of dirt are removed then change to a dry and clean cloth and again rub the leather, this will remove smaller dirt particles.
2) If your shoes are finished leather then at this point you will need to use a damp and clean cloth and rub the shoes with the grain of the leather. If your shoes are unfinished leather then you will need to use saddle soap which can be bought in most shoe stores. Use a dampened cloth and rub it against some saddle soap to create a lather. Then, gently rub the lather into the shoes before using a clean cloth and wiping with the grain of the leather to remove any excess.
3) Once the shoes have been cleaned then you should let them air out and dry. Place them indoors in an open space so that air can circulate around them and make sure they are not next to a heater or in direct sunlight as this can case damage and discolouration.
4) Now that your shoes are clean then it might be worth thinking about treating the leather in order to further protect it against damage. If you have finished leather shoes then this can be done by applying cream polish in the same colour as your shoes (available from most shoe stores, see some of ours here). Apply the cream polish with a soft cloth, let it sit for a few minutes and then buff the whole shoe with a clean cloth.
If your shoes are made of unfinished leather then you can treat them using oils such as Mink oil which helps to preserve to look of the leather. Again, apply this oil with a clean cloth, let it sit for a few minutes and then buff away with a soft cloth to finish.
Now that your leather shoes have been cleaned and treated, it is advised not to wear them for 24 hours, just let them air out outside of their box.