Skechers boots---whether they are leather, nubuck or suede--require maintenance beyond an easy swipe of shoe polish. In fact, if you are cleaning your Skechers footwear at home, a few expert tips will help your boots survive water spots and resist dirt. With the arrival of new shoe styles each season, a precise cleaning regimen is essential to extend the life of your Skechers boots.
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Things you need
- Mild liquid detergent
- Small bowl
- Old T-shirt, rag or cloth
- Baking soda
- Soft-bristled shoe brush
- Cream shoe polish
- Round shoe applicator
- Clear paste polish
- Emery board
- Old newspaper
Clean leather boots with a mixture of water and soap. Combine 2 tbsp of a mild liquid detergent with 2 cups of water in a small bowl. Dip an old T-shirt or rag into the soap and water. Clean the surface of the boots with the rag. Remove any soap residue with an old rag dipped in cold water. Air dry boots away from heat.
According to the experts at "Good Housekeeping," remove any black scuffs with a paste of water and baking soda. Combine ½ cup of water and 2 tbsp of baking soda in a small bowl. Apply paste to scuff marks with an old rag. Remove the scuffs with the edge of a dry sponge. Remove baking soda residue with a rag dipped in warm water. Let your Skechers boots air dry for five to 20 minutes.
Rub polish into leather boots. Using a small shoe applicator, apply the cream. Vigorously apply the cream into the boots until the polish penetrates the leather. To keep the leather from fading, apply a colour that is closest to the original shoe colour or a clear paste polish. Let boots dry for 30 minutes or more.
Clean suede boots with a suede brush. A suede brush has short, soft bristles that release trapped dirt located beneath the napped leather. Rub the suede brush across the Skechers boots using a circular motion. If you don't have a suede brush, use an emery board instead.
Brush nubuck leather boots with the edge of a dry sponge. The Skechers website recommends you release dirt and dust with the sponge. To avoid water spots and permanent damage to the leather, do not submerge nubuck Skechers in water or wash in a washing machine.
Tips and warnings
- To maintain the shape of your boots while cleaning, stuff them with newspaper.
- Remove stubborn nubuck stains with a commercial stain remover made for nubuck leather.
- Never polish wet boots.
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