Footwear made from leather and suede are most prone to developing mold which, when left untreated, can spread to a large extent within 24 hours and can cause further damage. Therefore, it's advisable to prevent this from taking place by cleaning your footwear every now and then and storing them well. To help you clean these delicate materials efficiently, we've listed down easy cleaning and storage tips that will keep your shoes looking as good as new.
Start with a basic cleaning techniqueBefore you get started with any kind of polish, the first step is to clean off any kind of dust or debris with a soft dry cloth. However, if you happen to step into a muddy puddle, let the shoe dry completely before you wipe it. In the case of suede shoes, make sure you use a soft bristle toothbrush to get rid of the dirt. After this, you can use your shoe care products to get rid of the scuffs and stains.
Avoid using water as much as possibleWhile it is easy to get rid of dirt and stains with a soap water solution, you have to keep in mind that it may only work for non-leather and non-suede materials. Leather and suede can get easily damaged when treated with a soap water mixture.
Invest in good quality shoe care productsTo get rid of scratches, invest in cream polishes. Invest in a weather-resistant spray that you can use especially during the monsoon season. Also, make sure you use a cleaner that is perfect for type of leather shoe you own. Using a cleaner with harsh chemicals may fade the natural colour and shine away.
Choose safe storage techniquesAfter cleaning your shoes, always make sure you let them dry before packing and putting them away. Keep them in a place away from heat and humidity to help keep their natural shine, texture and shape. Make sure you never store your leather and suede shoes in plastic bags as it may lead to the leather drying out or developing further mold.
Instead, store them in separate fabric bags preferably made from soft material. To keep the moisture away, invest in silica gel sachets for each pair of your shoes. Also, keep a check on them every week in case of any mold that may enter.
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