So you bought those sleek white leather shoes but did not know how to protect them? Well, no worries, because I am here with a complete guide on how to protect your white leather shoes.
I will list below some extremely easy steps that anyone can do to protect their white leather shoes. These simple steps will make your leather shoes long-lasting.
- Pre-treating your shoes before wearing
- Methods to clean white leather shoes
- 6. Ways to keep your shoes in a good shape
Pre-treating your shoes before wearing
1. Stain-repellent spray for all kinds of stains
There are a number of stain-repellent sprays that are formulated especially for leather shoes. Apply a stain-repellent spray to your nursing clogs before wearing them and going out in order to keep them clean and fresh.
The thought of grass stains, scratches, or smudges might scare you, but stain-repellent sprays have got you all covered. You still need to be careful with your white leather shoes.
Different types of stain-repellent are available in the market. Make sure to get a good quality strain-repellent if you really love your white school shoes.
A stain-repellent spay can only protect your shoes to some extent.
2. Water-repellent spray for the rainy season
Apply a good water-repellent spray to your shoes if you are going out on a rainy day. The spray will help to repel water and dirt.
You can use the water-repellent spray after the stain-repellent spray is completely dried out.
Spray the water-repellent in an even and thin layer to completely protect your stunning white leather shoes.
If you live in a rainy climate where you are required to walk a lot, water-repellent sprays can be your best friends.
Some stain-repellent sprays are water-repellent also. If your stain-repellent is one of those, you can skip this step.
I will highly suggest you invest in a spray that is both stain-repellent and water-repellent. It is the best thing for white leather shoes.
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3. Repeat spraying after few weeks
Stain-repellent and water-repellent sprays only last for a few weeks. Make sure to apply both sprays again in a few weeks to protect your white leather shoes.
Make sure to layer both sprays in the above-mentioned order to keep your leather shoes protected and neat.
4. Use a beeswax product to make them weather-proof
Apply a beeswax product every season on your leather shoes to make them weather-proof. This will provide a good seal against the weather.
Apply the beeswax product with a cloth or a brush. Rub it in small circles. Wipe off the excess.
If you do not wish to buy a fancy beeswax product, you can always use plain beeswax to protect your white leather shoes. Make sure to use 100% pure beeswax, which is without any flavor or color, to protect your white Plantar Fasciitis shoes.
Melt the beeswax in a wax warmer. Apply a thin layer with the help of a brush. Apply beeswax quickly as it may create an ugly thick layer on your shoes. If that happens, use a dryer to melt the beeswax from a six inches distance.
5. Use galoshes to protect leather shoes in wet weather
Your best bet in the rainy season is to put on galoshes if you are worried about your expensive pair of white leather shoes.
If you live in a rainy and humid climate area, galoshes can be lifesavers for your white leather shoes.
Methods to clean white leather shoes
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1. Use of soft cloth
It is suggested to use a soft dry cloth on the surface of the shoe to scrape off loose dirt and excess salt.
Use of soft cloth will not damage your white leather shoes in any way. This method is the safest method to clean your shoes as it is very gentle. Clean your white Plantar Fasciitis shoes with a soft clean cloth after every use.
Try to clean as much dirt as possible from this method.
2. Use a cleaning eraser sponge
If your white leather shoes have dirt or stain on them, clean them with a cleaning eraser sponge.
Gently rub the eraser sponge on your shoes to remove any kind of dirt or stain from your shoes.
A cleaning eraser works like magic for fresh and loose dirt. It can also remove stains.
This is the easiest way of removing dirt from leather shoes.
3. Use rubbing alcohol to get rid of dirt
The use of rubbing alcohol is recommended to get rid of those stubborn stains on your shoes.
Dip a clean cloth or cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub it gently on your leather shoes to clean them and get rid of bacteria that have been sitting on your shoes.
You can also make a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water, put it in a spray bottle, and spray the alcohol-water mixture one the desired area.
Wipe away the excess rubbing alcohol with a clean, dry cloth when you are done. If you do not do this step, the rubbing alcohol will end up drying your leather shoes which will result in cracks in them.
4. A mixture of vinegar and water for salt stains
Mix one part of water and one part of vinegar in a container. Dip a clean cloth or cotton swab in the mixture and rub it on the salt stain on your white leather shoes. This magical mixture will help to get rid of the salt stain in seconds.
This method is very cost-effective as it does not require any expensive ingredients. All you need is vinegar and voila.
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5. Avoid using a washing machine to clean your shoes
Whenever you are about to clean a pair of shoes, the first thing that comes to your mind is the washing machine. I know that you might be tempted to throw your shoes in the washing machine to clean them.
Do not ever do this! The washing machine will ruin the leather of the shoes. The heat of the machine will wear your shoes out faster.
Do not put your shoes in the dryer either, as the heat is not good for the leather shoes.
6. Ways to keep your shoes in a good shape
7. Keep your leather shoes in the open air
A shoebox can have moisture which can result in the growth of mold or fungus. Hence, it is suggested to keep your leather shoes in the open air on a shoe rack.
You can also store your white leather shoes in a dust bag but make sure that the dust bag is completely dry and there is no moisture in it.
8. Dry moist leather shoes
If your leather shoes got wet or moist due to rain or any other reason, make sure to dry them naturally before storing them.
Do not use a dryer or heater as the heat can ruin the leather and crack it.
9. Clean your leather shoes religiously.
If your white leather shoes tend to get stains or dirt on them, make sure to clean them after every use.
You can use any of the methods given above to clean your shoes. Let your shoes dry naturally before storing them.
10. Use of the shoetree to retain the shape
Using a shoetree is the secret to keeping your shoes in the best shape possible. A shoe tree can make a major difference in the appearance of your white leather shoe.
The beauty of leather shoes lies in their shape. Thus, the use of a shoetree will keep them evergreen.
11. Condition leather shoes at least after 25 wears
It is important to moisturize leather to make it last longer. Dried-out leather can cause cracks in shoes which damage the shoe.
The first step is to remove laces from the shoes because they can prevent the conditioner to evenly spread on the shoe.
Use a cotton swab or a clean cloth and rub the leather conditioner in small circular movements. Once you have conditioned the whole shoe, remove the access conditioner with a dry cloth as too much conditioner is not good for the leather shoes either.
If you live in an area that has harsh weather, repeat this process after 7 to 10 wears. Otherwise, do this process after 25 wears.
Make sure to dry the shoes thoroughly before applying conditioner to them. Let them sit for 15 minutes at least, though overnight is better.
12. Good shoe polish to protect the leather
A great tip is to use a good meltonian wax. A meltonian shoe wax creates a protective layer on the surface of the shoe which increases the shine of the shoe. The shoe wax will not seep into the leather.
Make sure that your leather shoes are completely dry before applying shoe polish.
13. Spitshine method for shiny leather shoes
If you have dull white leather shoes, I would highly suggest you try this method. This method does not require any fancy equipment, just a clean cloth, and your arm-force.
Tightly stretch a piece of clean and damp cloth over your fingers. Rub the cloth over different areas several times.
This method helps to harden the wax that is on the shoe, which results in a clean and shiny shoe.
Normally, polishing will last for 7 to 10 days.