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5 Ways to Clean your Leather Shoes

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Leather shoes are extremely popular as they’re very durable yet stylish. However, taking care of leather shoes demands more effort than most other shoes. You need to know the correct way to clean them, from the laces to the outsole.

Bearing that in mind, here are five ways you can clean your leather shoes:

Use A Washing Machine For The Laces

Often, it's the laces that can become the dirtiest part of your shoes. What you need to do is remove them from your shoe completely. Not only does this give you a chance to clean them separately, but it also makes it a lot easier to clean the shoes properly.

By cleaning the laces, you ensure your leather shoes are much cleaner in general. One great tip is to put the laces in the washing machine. This frees up your time and can provide a more thorough clean of the material.

Cleaning your leather shoes

Remove Dirt & Grime With A Soft Brush

If you wear your leather shoes a lot, they can easily get covered in dirt and grime. Especially if you've been walking around in muddy terrain. One really easy way to clean dirty leather shoes is by getting a soft shoe brush. This allows you to scrub off the dirty without scraping the leather too hard and damaging your shoes. Try mixing some mild soap with warm water if you have trouble getting tough debris free.

Get Rid Of Tough Stains With Rubbing Alcohol

There may be times where you drop something on your leather shoe, and it stains badly in certain areas. Don’t worry, you can easily clean these tough stains with rubbing alcohol. You don’t want to use too much, all you need is a little q-tip dipped in the alcohol and rubbed onto the stains. Rubbing alcohol can dry out the leather, so you want to use it sparingly and only in places with very tough stains.

Use A Homemade Cleaning Paste

One top tip for cleaning your leather shoes is to make a homemade paste out of cream of tartar and lemon juice. Both of these things include natural ingredients that are proven to fight tough stains. You mix up this paste and then dip a soft rag into it. Use the rag to clean the shoes and watch the stains disappear.

Condition The Leather

Leather is susceptible from drying out, particularly after cleaning. As a result, you must ensure you condition the leather to keep it looking nice and clean. To do this, you can buy leather conditioners from shops, or you can make one yourself. Homemade leather conditioner is very easy to put together, you just need vinegar and linseed oil. Mix it up, and lather your leather shoes in it. Go away for a few minutes and use a soft cloth to buff the leather and get it nice and shiny.

There you have it, five ways you can clean your leather shoes thoroughly. Now, you’ll always have shiny leather shoes that are completely clean all over, including the laces!