How to Clean Damaged Leather Shoes

Written by megan richardson | 13/05/2017
How to Clean Damaged Leather Shoes
Leather shoes must be cleaned with care. (leather shoes image by ti_to_tito from

Leather shoes cannot be cleaned the same way regular shoes are cleaned. Leather must be treated with care, because certain types of cleaning products can leave streaks on leather shoes or further damage them. Leather also must be conditioned to retain its moisture and sheen. Natural products such as vinegar and olive oil are able to clean leather without staining or drying it out. A soft cloth also should be used to keep the shoes from getting further scuffed up.

Remove the laces if your shoes have them.

Rub a soft shoe brush all over your shoes.

Pour 1 cup of water into a bowl.

Add 1 cup of white vinegar, and mix well.

Dip a soft cloth into the bowl and squeeze out the excess liquid.

Go over the entire outer surface of the shoes with the cloth. Redip the rag and squeeze out the excess liquid often.

Take another cloth and dip it into clean water. Use it to remove all of the vinegar from the shoes.

Dry the shoes with a soft cloth.

Dip another cloth into a bowl of olive oil, and rub it onto the damaged spots of the leather shoes.

Things you need

  • Soft shoe brush
  • Bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Soft cloths
  • Olive oil

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