Many shoes are made of leather and despite the fact that leather is a durable material, it still require some care so it not get ruined. Cleaning leather shoes is easy but it should be done properly if you want to get rid of dirt and grime without compromising the integrity of the fabric. Although, there are many commercial cleaners for leather shoes, you can use inexpensive household products to clean your leather shoes. Just follow the steps below to learn how.
Remove loose dirt and debris by wiping down the leather shoes with a soft cloth. Cleaners Collier's Wood do not recommend using a stiff-bristled brush, as it can damage the leather.
Remove any laces from your shoes and run them through your washing machine to clean. If the laces seem clean, you can skip that step.
Pour a small amount of warm water on a clean, soft cloth, followed by an application of a moderate amount of baking soda.
Use the damp cloth with the baking soda on it to remove any scuff marks. Scrub the scuff marks gently until they are gone. Wipe off any residue using a damp cloth, then wipe the leather shoes with a dry cloth.
For general cleaning, use a soft cloth moistened with vinegar to wipe down the leather shoes, working in a circular motion.
Make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar to remove stubborn stains from leather shoes. Pour equal amounts of cream of tartar and lemon juice in a bowl, and stir thoroughly until paste forms. Rub the paste into the stain using your fingers and let it sit on the leather for several hours. Use a clean cloth to wipe the paste off the shoes. You may need to repeat the process if your shoes are heavily soiled.
Once you have done with the cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to the shoes to restore their lustre. As a homemade alternative to the commercial leather conditioner, you can use olive oil, linseed oil or beeswax. Simply rub the conditioner into the leather using a s oft cloth and let it sit for an hour before buffing with a dry cloth.
If you doubt whether the solution you are using is suitable for leather or not, you can call cleaners Collier's Wood. These professionals don't clean shoes, but they are well known with the cleaning techniques for leather.