How To Clean And Polish Your Leather Dress Shoes

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How To Clean And Polish Your Dress Shoes

What You'll Need

  • Horsehair brush or any brush with soft bristles.
  • A lint-free soft cloth.
  • Leather shoe cleaner.
  • Leather conditioner.
  • Shoe wax or cream polish.  

Step 1: Clear The Dirt

The first thing that you’re going to need to do is remove the dirt and debris from the shoes. You can do this with a horsehair brush, or any kind of soft-bristle brush. Make sure you brush the shoe well across the top, around the perimeter, and make sure you get into any tight crevices around the corners. 

Step 2: Remove Stains

Once the dry dirt is removed, apply a small amount of leather shoe cleaner onto a soft cloth, and lather the cleaner around the shoe. Make sure not to apply too much as you won’t want the cleanser to absorb into the shoe. 

Once the cleanser is lathered around well, remove the cleanser with a dry cloth. 

Step 3: Soften The Leather

The next step is to moisturize the shoe: This will prevent the leather of the shoe from cracking. 

Using your horsehair/soft-bristle brush, apply a small amount of leather conditioner evenly around the shoe. Scrub the leather conditioner in a small circular motion, and continue scrubbing for about a minute. 

Next, remove any excess conditioner from the shoe with a dry cloth. 

Step 4: Polish Your Shoes

Now for the most satisfying part of the process, we’re going to apply the polish. 

Using a dry cloth, apply a small amount of shoe wax or polish, and rub it into the shoe in small circular movements. Make sure to choose a shoe polish that works well with your shoe’s color. Some shoe polishes can change the color of your shoe. If your shoe is a lighter color, use a neutral polish. 

It’s best to do a small patch test before applying all of the polish, just in case you picked up the wrong polish. 

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