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Practical shoe care tips


General shoe care

In which order should leather be cared for and impregnated?
It is advisable to impregnate the shoes first, then the active ingredient can penetrate the leather. Only then are the shoes treated with a care cream. In the event of heavy rainfall, it is sufficient to just impregnate the shoes.

Why should you only wear shoes every other day?

Leather shoes absorb moisture from the feet and store it. Every person secretes a shot glass of foot moisture every day. This is why the shoes need a day of rest after wearing them in order to release the absorbed moisture again. Otherwise, white sweat marks can form, and damp shoes are ideal breeding grounds for athlete's foot.


How do I store my shoes when they are not going to be worn for a long time?

If shoes are not likely to be worn for a long time (e.g. winter shoes in summer), it is advisable to put them on after thorough cleaning and to store them in a dry place. To protect them from dust, they should be kept in a cardboard box or shoe bag made of breathable material (fabric bag). Do not use airtight plastic bags, otherwise the shoes may get moldy or foxed!


Shoes

Suede and suede shoes:
• cleaning:
To clean suede or velor shoes, it is best to use a rubber or metal brush or a very fine glass paper. Then carefully try to brush or rub off the dirt.
• Maintenance:
To protect the suede or suede shoes, you can use special sprays (follow the instructions for use!).

Tip: Do not spray too close, otherwise there will be stains!

Patent leather shoes:
• cleaning:
It is best to clean your patent leather shoes with a damp microfiber cloth.
• Maintenance:
You rub the patent leather shoes either with a special lacquer care product from the trade or with a simple olive oil. But don't forget to polish up with a woolen cloth.


Stains:
The following applies to all stains:
Never enlarge by rubbing, but use a terry towel to reduce the stain from the outside towards the center. Remove stains immediately: when the dirt is old, it has penetrated deeper into the leather.

Urine stains (dog peeing on the leather couch):
The worst that can happen to your leather couch is when, for example, B. the dog pees on it. Because the urine of dogs is so aggressive that it mostly attacks the leather surface. If your couch is made of suede, you have no chance of repairing the damage because there is nothing you can do about the color change that occurs under the urine stain. It looks different with smooth leather. Simply wipe it off, then z. B. Wash out with leather or saddle soap and then treat with a special care milk. Be sure to use silicone-free care products because these are
are gentler.

Pen stains:
Treat pen stains on suede with a soft eraser, then rub off the dirt with a soft, dry cloth. Simply spray some hairspray on smooth leather (except aniline leather), then wipe off with a soft, damp cloth. Or put tape on the pen line. Scratch vigorously through the adhesive tape with a fingernail or a hard object. Pull off the tape with a jerk. Repeat if necessary.

Grease stains:
For smooth leather, it is best to work on the stain with a microfiber cloth (this has grease and water-binding components) with a little water. The stains are more stubborn on suede. Here you can work with the all-purpose leather soap again. Put some foam with the soap on a sponge and then try to fight the stain over a large area (not too wet, so that no edges remain). The best way to remove grease stains is with commercially available cleaning gasoline.


Tar stains:
You should rub colorless shoe polish with an old terry towel on smooth and suede leather. The cream or even a little butter loosens the tar, which can then be easily wiped off. Do not forget to polish vigorously with a microfiber cloth, especially after using butter.

 
Salt edges on shoes:
The salt must be removed immediately, otherwise you have no chance of combating the traces of salt. Therefore, clean the shoes as quickly as possible with a wet sponge, then let them dry and then treat them with shoe polish later. If the salt marks are stubborn, you can rub the shoes with milk, buttermilk or yoghurt (the lactic acid neutralizes the salt in the crust), then let them dry and treat them as usual with shoe polish.

T i p p: If you regularly care for shoes with shoe polish, they will not get salt marks!


Black stripes:
Rub them off with an eraser or a special leather rubber. Again, you can use colorless shoe polish or butter to remove the stains. Don't forget to polish with a microfiber cloth.

Ketchup stains:
Wipe off immediately with an absorbent cloth and water. If there are residues, treat with leather milk. For suede you should use mineral water for the treatment.

Coffee and tea stains:
Regardless of the type of leather, you can rub them off with a damp microfiber cloth. A cloth dipped in lukewarm water with a pinch of salt can also help.


Water stains:
There are 2 variants of suede: you can easily brush out the edges with a rubber brush or wipe the entire surface in one direction with a slightly damp cloth. Suede jackets (washed leather) should be left to dry flat and - as with woolen items - kneaded well so that they become soft again. If you've gotten into the rain with smooth leather, you should let it air dry and then grease it again.


Sweat stains:
With smooth leather you can get rid of the stains with leather soap, the soap also works wonders on bacon collars. Then you should grease the leather with leather milk and treat it with lemon water: the acid fixes the milk and prevents future stains. In the case of suede, create foam again with a little saddle or leather soap and rub it in, then carefully with a rubber or
Brush out metal brush.


Red wine stains:
With smooth leather, you can simply wipe off red wine. With suede, on the other hand, you should rub gently with a microfiber cloth dipped in a cup of water with two tablespoons of lemon.


Chewing gum:
Freeze briefly in the freezer and peel off.


Glue:
Freeze briefly in the freezer and rub off.


Sugary stains:
Rub out with lukewarm water.

Blood:
Wash out with cold water and soap.


How can I take care of all of my shoes?

There are corresponding universal remedies that can be used for several purposes. However, since the different types of leather require individual care, you are dependent on special agents that are tailored to the corresponding materials.

Impregnation sprays:
With the exception of suede and suede shoes, they are completely superfluous. Leather shoes and jackets made of smooth leather leave the factory equipped for use, i. i.e., they are already impregnated.
Suede and suede shoes, on the other hand, should be treated with waterproofing sprays. Only use these sprays outdoors because they contain solvents.

Sole tonic:
If you take out your spring shoes after a long winter, you should first moisten the sole with water. Because the leather has become very dry from the long storage time and the water absorbs moisture and thus becomes more elastic again. This protects against breaks in the leather. If you wear your shoes with leather soles in snowy and rainy weather, then you should wear sole tonic for protection.

Leather soap / saddle soap:
Is a universal product for all types of leather and above all a good weapon against stains. However, you should read the manufacturer's instructions for use before use and never apply the soap directly
Give leather. The advantage is that it does not leach out the leather, but rather gives back the nourishing fat it needs.

Lightning shine:
Hands off!!! Such products make the leather brittle and cracked. Should only be used in exceptional cases, e.g. B. when traveling.

Shoe polish:
• Shoe polish in a can: You should apply the cleaning cream very thinly with circular movements, then polish with a soft woolen cloth or a gloss brush. It makes sense to add a few drops of water (or spit) to the cream: this really gives it more shine.
• Tube shoe polish is easier to use, but not as economical.
• Tip: If your shoe polish has dried up, simply add some salmiak with water to the can.

Shoe brushes:
Shoe brushes are suitable for rough cleaning of dirt.

Wank brushes:
Weighting brushes are usually small round brushes that are used to apply the shoe polish.

Gloss brushes:
Shine brushes are brushes for polishing. When buying a shoe cleaning brush, always make sure that the bristles are 100% natural. A good brush costs around 25 € in specialist shops, but it also lasts a lifetime.
Metal and glass brushes
These are special brushes for suede and suede, which are suitable for roughening or removing dirt.


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