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
- Clean cloths
- Shoe brush
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Clear shoe polish
- Leather protector
- Shoe bag
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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