How to prolong the life of your expensive leather shoes? Learn how to clean it up easily and quickly!

To complete your full outlook need to take care of your shoes to be clean and tidy. But, this time we don’t focus on fashion trends but the way of cleaning the best leather shoes that you have. Surely, it happened to you, after a short walk on the rain, your shoes look like to wear them always. Do not despair, you can still wear them, you just need to properly clean them. Read below how to do it properly.

Set up the cleaning area.

Use the tarp or newspaper to protect your floor during the cleaning process.

Remove shoe laces.

This will make cleaning your leather shoes easier, as the laces won’t be blocking parts of the surface of your shoes. If your laces could use a good cleaning, you can wash them in a container with warm water and laundry detergent.

Brush off dirt and debris.

Use the shoe brush or a dry cloth to remove any excess dirt or other debris that could be stuck to your shoes. That way, you’re cleaning the leather material itself and not rubbing in any dirt when you add soap or cleaner.

Apply soap.

Use saddle soap or another leather cleaner on unfinished leather. For finished leather, you’ll only need a mild dishwashing detergent. Lather soap on both shoes using a damp paper towel or cloth, without using too much water.

Wipe off soap.

Use a soft, slightly damp cloth to remove the excess soap from the shoes before conditioning and drying them.

Wash laces.

You can wash shoe laces with your regular laundry using laundry detergent, or you can hand wash them in a small container with detergent and warm water. Make sure they are completely dry before lacing up the shoes.

Condition the leather.

After leather shoes are cleaned, you’ll want to condition the leather for added moisture, waterproofing and protection from the elements. Apply the conditioner to the shoes while the shoes are still damp from cleaning.

Air dry.

Let your leather shoes and boots dry in the open air. Avoid heat and direct sunlight, which can cause damage and cracking in the leather.

Finish by polishing shoes.

Regularly polishing your shoes after cleaning and conditioning will help them last longer and look better as the years go on.

Source: Sears