The Care of Black Patent Leather Shoes

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The Care of Black Patent Leather Shoes
Take care of your black patent leather shoes. (black high heels shoes on white background image by sarit saliman from

Black patent leather shoes, which can be worn on casual and formal occasions, differ from traditional leather shoes because of their glossy shine. Because the leather has been treated with a varnish, the care and cleaning is a little different from regular leather shoes. Keeping a patent leather shoe in good condition takes just a few easy steps and will ensure the longevity of the shine.

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Things you need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Clean cloths
  • Shoe brush
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Clear shoe polish
  • Leather protector
  • Shoe bag

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    Clean the shoe by applying soap to a wet cloth. Rub the soapy cloth into the shoe, removing the dirt. Be careful not to soak the shoe. Use a shoe brush for areas with stubborn dirt. Allow the shoes to air-dry.

  2. 2

    Remove any remaining scuff marks. Place one or two drops of nail polish remover on a cotton ball. Briskly rub the scuffed area, being careful to wipe off any excess liquid.

  3. 3

    Shine the shoes by applying a clear shoe polish. Make sure the polish is evenly spread over the entire shoe by using a soft clean cloth. Then proceed to buff to a high glossy shine with another clean cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply a leather protector to clean, polished shoes. This will help the shoe resist water damage. Some types of protectors are sprayed on, while others are applied with a clean cloth. Follow the manufacturer's directions for the application procedures.

  5. 5

    Store the shoes properly. To protect the high-gloss finish, wrap the shoes in a clean, soft shoe bag or cloth. This will protect the high-gloss finish from scuff marks, as well as prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt on the surface. You can also place a clean cloth between the shoes in the bag for extra protection.

Tips and warnings

  • Always make sure shoes are clean and dry before storing. Do not store shoes in extreme hot or cold areas.

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