At Home Shoe Care

 

If you can’t get to the shops or would like to find a more natural way to polish your boots then look no further because are some lovely hints and tips on how them looking in tip-top shape.

The great thing about leather is that it is a natural material and therefore loves to be nourished by natural ingredients that you would probably already have in your kitchen right now.

Simply gather together some olive oil and lemon juice – that’s it! Combine one part lemon juice and 2 parts olive oil and using a clean cloth, rub a small amount of the polish into your shoes. Allow it to soak in for a few minutes then buff and shine with another clean cloth.

Some tips to ensure the ultimate shine and look include:

  • Make sure to apply the polish to clean and dry shoes. If the boots are not clean then rubbing in the polish could lock in dirt to the leather and make it impossible to clean in the future.
  • A monthly polish will do wonders for extending the life of the boots
  • These polish tips are for leather only and should never be used on suede

If you do not have lemon juice and olive oil, or want to try something different, here are some other ways to spruce up some lacklustre footwear:

  • Use the inside of a banana peel to rub small circles into the leather. The oils from the banana restore shine and add nourishment as well as being very good for the environment if throw the peel in the compost after!
  • A paste polish can also be made by melting equal parts beeswax, olive oil and cocoa (or coconut) butter together. Allow to set and use this like you would a shop-bought paste polish. This is a great alternative as the oils nourish and the beeswax adds a protective coating against dust, water and grime.

It is also a very good idea to sprinkle a handful of baking soda inside your shoes while you’re polishing them. Leave it in their for a few hours before tipping it our to full deodorise and freshen up the innersole.


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