Leather items always take work when it comes to maintenance. Whether it’s time to choose the product to clean them or how to store them, many doubts arise. With that in mind, today will teach you how to make shoes last longer.
When it comes to shoes, this is where it is more difficult to understand how to keep them well taken care of, especially as they are items that wear out very quickly.
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Here’s how to extend the life of your shoe
Be careful when cleaning
Most of the errors that contribute to leather shoe wear occur during cleaning. For starters, many people sin even in the amount of maintenance. If you use the piece very often, you should sanitize it monthly. Otherwise, you should do this every 3 months.
For this, in smooth leather shoes, use a dry cloth or flannel to clean. If the garment is very dirty, you can use a leather cleaner (but never apply the product directly to the shoe).
To give it that shine and look again, you can finish it off with grease or a mousse. In this way, the leather will be very beautiful and hydrated. If the material is suede, be careful with liquids. Because of this, invest in a dry and renewing spray to remove stains and dirt.
Moisturize the leather
Use a good moisturizing product to help preserve the shine of your shoes. So, with a dry flannel, apply the product on the footwear and let it breathe in a well-ventilated area and away from sunlight.
Keep shoes in a clean and ventilated place
It is important to remember to always clean your shoes before putting them away. With that in mind, the environment that will keep it must also be well sanitized. Also, after using it, wait a few hours to put it in the closet. In this way, it will prevent the appearance of the proliferation of microorganisms, such as fungi and bacteria.
Protect the sole
If the sole of your shoe is also made of leather, a good tip is to go to a cobbler and ask for a rubber sole to be fitted. It is an interesting alternative because, in addition to helping the piece to last longer, it is very cheap.
Forget the mothballs
in addition to being dangerous for children and pets, its chemical smell permeates the leather and is difficult to remove. If you’re worried about moths, opt for cedar balls or cedar racks to store your shoes. They repel insects and leave a good smell on the shoes.
Forget the mothballs
In addition to being dangerous for children and pets, its chemical smell permeates the leather and is difficult to remove. If you’re worried about moths, opt for cedar balls or cedar racks to store your shoes. They repel insects and leave a good smell on the shoes.
Store boots standing
Those who wear boots and other high-top boots need to be careful and not let the top of the bend. This marks the leather and damages the shoe. If you leave them lying down, the pipe can “stick” to the wood and even be damaged. Keep them standing in the closet: the tip is to use newspaper, rolled-up magazines, or even an empty pet bottle inside the pipe.
Avoid slanted shelves, like those in stores. In addition to not saving space, many people step crookedly, wearing out one side of their shoes, which can cause them to slip off the shelf. If your shelf or niche has depth and you have a lot of shoes, the tip is to place one foot of each pair in front of the other and not to the side – so you don’t “forget” to wear shoes that are hidden at the bottom.
So bet on drawers under the bed or shoe organizers, which can be in the service area or behind the doors. Just avoid bedroom doors, which are usually open and leaning and can “squeeze” your shoes.
Avoid the bad smell
Want to remove the bad smell in shoes? So avoid moisture: put balls of socks filled with those pebbles used in cat boxes (found in pet shops or supermarkets) inside your shoes. Small pieces of charcoal or coarser sawdust will also work.
Avoid wearing the shoe too often
A good habit to increase the life of your shoes is to intersperse them. Frequent use of shoes, especially leather shoes, can deform them over time. Because of this, if you can afford it, change shoes every two days. Also, avoid walking with them on uneven ground so as not to damage the heel.
Also, avoid borrowing them. As much as someone else’s foot number is the same as yours, the shape of the foot and the stride are different. Therefore, this can end up deforming the shoe and compromising its useful life.
So, now that you know how to make leather shoes last longer, take the opportunity to forward this article to that friend of yours who would also like to know.