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Caring For Your Shoes

Aug 18, 2007
Shoes are preferred by one and all as it carries a special effect and respect, provided it is well maintained. Muddled shoes damage the value of a person, whereas one can make his leather shoes work for him if he pay's little attention towards its caring. Shoe care not only makes the shoe shine for ever but also helps to last for a longer duration. Periodical shoe care can protect the investment made on expensive designer's shoes and also save a lot of money by restraining frequent shoe purchases for each occasion. Absolute care ensures extended life of the shoes.

Keeping and maintaining the existing pair of shoes eradicates the necessity of acquiring new shoes for every occasion. Proper care and maintenance of shoes involves effective conditioning. Neglecting your shoes can dry the leather leading to cracks and gradually falling apart. Thus such shoes become irreparable. Polishing the shoes after a coat of dust collected on the shoes gives a more shabby appearance to the shoe.

Caring for your shoes entails four steps like cleaning, conditioning, polishing, and preserving it.

Caring for leather shoes and caring for other shoes like exotic or suede or athletic shoes is entirely different. Few essential things required for maintaining leather shoe are soft cotton cloth, newspaper, hand gloves, shoe polish, and leather conditioner as well as protectant. Working with the gloves on the hand and in an airy room is recommended. Leather cleaners are available in spray, liquid, cream or gel forms. These cleaners are useful in cleaning the dirt on leather shoes even from the cracks. Shining the shoes with soft cotton cloth and conditioning helps in softening the leather and protecting it from cracking. Natural conditioners are best than synthetic conditioners for any shoe.

Shoe polishes contain toxin chemicals and when this is absorbed through the skin or inhaled it may cause your health. Similarly, polishing shoes after consuming alcohol enhances the side effects of certain chemicals. Shoe polishes kept out of the reach of animals and children is advisable. Soft cotton cloth used for cleaning the shoe should also be thrown away after polish. Avoiding shoe polish is another way of keeping safe but if polish is essential for your shoes then taking the help of a shoe repair shop will be of great assistance.

One of the safe ways of polishing are using olive oil on smooth leather and polishing it with soft cotton cloth offers the required finish and care for your shoes. Similarly, various products that serve as weatherproofing products turn to be one of the essential ways of caring your shoes. Beeswax products are recommended as it can protect the shoes against water. Some of the essential tips for caring your shoes are using a pre-cleaner, consulting a shoe repair shop before polishing your shoes, and eradicating the laces as well as conditioning the shoes well before wearing ensures long life of the shoes.
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