When you get a brand new pair of shoes from Shouz, you must learn some handy tips to take great care of them to maximise their shelf life. Depending on what kind of shoe, you would require a range of tools such as gloves, brush, wax and polish, newspapers or cloth, waterproof spray and leather shoe cleaner. These items are easily available at any general store or shoe shop. Remember to keep shoe care products away from children and pets, and throw away any items that comes into contact while polishing.
Our team at Shouz understands that shoes are an investment, and require the proper care techniques to last a long time. Here are a few steps to ensure your shoes are looking good as new for many years to come:
- Take a few moments to get your work surface ready for shoe cleaning.
You need to find a well-ventilated space and ensure that your hands and work surface are adequately protected before you begin. Taking a soft brush in your hand, start by dusting off the dirt on the shoes. Once you are done cleaning, gently wipe each shoe with a polishing fabric.
- Condition the shoes with wax, especially if it’s leather.
This step will particularly apply to leather shoes. Take out the shoe laces and rub a little wax on the shoe until its surface is fully coated. After some minutes, wipe off any leftover wax once the leather has absorbed it.
- Carefully apply polish to the shoes.
The next step would be to wear a pair of gloves and apply shoe polish in circular motions, with a brush or piece of cloth. Keep in mind that corners near the toe or heel also need attention.
- Buff shoes using a horsehair brush.
Using grease and a horsehair brush, buff both shoes with care then follow up using a cloth. Hold it tightly in either hand and move it back and forth over the shoe, in a sawing movement. Conditioning and buffing the shoe is important at least once in a month, based on how frequently you use them.
- Wet shoes need immediate attention.
When you have wet shoes, towel them dry as soon as possible to prevent the worst damage. Then, you can bunch up some newspaper or a towel and put it inside the shoes to extract the moisture from inside out. Let the shoe dry gradually in room temperature. Caution: Do not place the shoes in direct sunlight as it can result in fading or discoloration of the shoe material. Once the shoes are dry, you can use a shoe cleaner or conditioner to keep it well-preserved.
- Increase the life of your shoes with sole savers.
Using rubber sole savers is a helpful shortcut to increase the longevity of your shoes. If the heel cap or leather on the soles are worn down over time, you can also take the shoes to a repair shop and have the soles replaced.