Lets look at the best ways of waterproofing shoes to make them last longer.
There first thing to understand and it may be something which you are already asking, is why does leather need maintenance. The answer is that it is an organic item which cracks if it is not cared for properly. Now, some people think that polishing it normally when it shows the signs of cracking is sufficient to solve the problem. But it is not. If you really want them to last long, there are four things which you have to do. These are cleaning, conditioning, polishing and weatherproofing. There are specific steps you should take to ensure the smooth operation of all of these steps.
Before you begin the process of waterproofing, you should take a close look at your shoes and find out which leather and other materials they are made of. Check the shoe box for special cleaning instructions that you should follow. Then choose an impregnating agent that is suitable for your type of leather.
During the cleaning stage, first, you need to ensure that you have all the necessary tools before beginning. Some of the most important items are Pedag Shoe Trees in Springvale, shoe cleaners and creams. Shop owners can advise you on the items you need for cleaning leather shoes. Now to start the process, first take off the laces if it is a laced shoe. If its moccasin-type footwear, there, of course, there is no need for that. Start by taking a brush and gently sweeping the dust off the surface. Then, you keep a hand under the shoe’s flap and start applying the cleaner. The flap is the part under which you slide your foot. Placing your hand in such a way, you can grip easily and hold it steady. Now apply the cleaner all over the leather. Once this is completed, the next step is to use the brush once more and use it to brush the item with the cleaner which you have just applied. Finally, you can let the shoes dry for about 20 minutes, but away from direct sunlight or any source of strong light. If you think that it is still not clean, and then wait for the 20 minutes before applying another coating.
That was all about cleaning. But is that all. Not at all! Now we come to the polishing stage. Polishing your leather shoe, or any shoe, in fact, can be compared to moisturizing your face. It is very important to keep the suppleness of the leather and to keep it firm. Additionally, it stops wrinkling and flaking. To do this, just take a few drops of the shoe conditioner on a soft and dry cloth, and use it to rub gently in a circular motion. Then apply the shoe polish all of the footwear. Finally, use a cloth to wipe off the extra polish and let the shoes dry.
To make shoes waterproof, you can choose either a spray or a semi-solid wax product.
Sprays are easier to use but may not provide a good thick impregnation layer. On the other hand, do not use a spray (usually with silicone) on thin, delicate leathers. The manufacturer of this leather may recommend a basic semi-solid product for impregnating shoes.
Before you start waterproofing shoes, do a “spot test” on a small, hard to see an area of your shoes. A good place is somewhere in the shoes, as on the bottom of the tongue. If you find that the color or texture has changed or is damaged, stop the product and stop using it. Contact the manufacturer of your shoes to know what’s going on.
If all goes well, you can start to waterproof leather. Some waxy products contain a brush while others rub off. If you are using a rubbing product, use a soft, soft cloth. First, read the instructions – most likely they will tell you to rub in slow circular motions and apply more than one coat of waterproof shoes.
If you use a brush, the process is similar except that you use the brush to make slow circular motions and try applying some pressure so that the brush penetrates deep into cracks. However, use a soft brush specially designed for this purpose, otherwise, you could scratch the shoes. Experts usually recommend that a brush is also used to waterproof, textiles.
Weatherproofing a shoe is quite interesting. One of the best ways, which is completely natural, is ;
3. Water Spray Repellent.
It greatly helps in ensuring your shoe is not damaged by water in that it builds a protective layer on the shoe. This means that even if your shoe gets into contact with water it is still safe and good to go.
You can apply it to your shoe and it will protect it against damages caused by water contact. It does not damage your leather shoes and waterproofs your shoes as well. Alternatively, you can also try water-based repellents. These are great because they allow moisture in without allowing water to get inside.
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Just buy some Waterproof shoes and know that you are guaranteed not to get your feet wet!