How To Care For Patent Leather Shoes

How To Care For Patent Leather Shoes

Leather vs Patent Leather

Leather is made from animal skin that has gone through the tanning process. The tanning process involves soaking the skin in an acidic solution that helps soften and preserve it at the same time. Depending on the purpose of the leather, it can be dyed during the tanning process to many different colors. Some popular leather colors are tan, brown, white, gray, and red. Most of the time, leather is created for different styles of clothing, shoes, purses, gloves, upholstery and even book bindings.
Patent leather, like standard leather, goes through the same tanning process as well. However, once the tanning process is complete and the leather is formed into a specific product, it is coated in either a plastic, varnish, or a lacquer finish that gives it a noticeable shine. Most of the time, patent leather has a smooth glossy finish, but it is also able to be embossed in different textures. Patent leather is most commonly used for belts, dress shoes and purses.

4 Simple Steps To Care For Patent Leather Shoes

Patent leather cares differs a bit from standard leather.
If you have a pair of patent leather shoes that desperately need some TLC, here are four quick and easy steps you can follow for any of your patent leather care needs.


Step 1:

Use a damp cloth and carefully wipe away any dust or debris left lingering on your shoes. Cleaning away any dust or residue is important because it allows the cleanser (Step 2) to do its job properly


Step 2:

Use a patent leather cleaner and apply a thick layer to your entire shoe. Try out Cadillac Boot & Shoe Leather, Patent & Vinyl Cleaner Protector for a cleanser that gives the patent leather a deep, smooth, and clean finish.
If your black shoes are scratched or scuffed, use Monesyworth's Best Brillo Liquid Wax Instant High-Gloss Finish Shoe Shine. This cleaning cleanser is perfect for eliminating any scuff marks and restores color and shine for your black shoes. This cleanser is also available in a neutral tone and both are supplied with a chamois cloth for cleaning.


Step 3:

After applying the cleanser, allow it to dry for 3 to 5 minutes. A white film may become visible on your shoe but don't be alarmed, it’s all part of the process.


Step 4:

Last but not least, use the chamois and buff your shoe. By buffing it, you are cleaning all of the dried cleanser off and turning it into a high-gloss shine. There is no need to add any polish to your shoe once it has been buffed. If you add any polish, you are risking the chance of ruining the glossy film that was originally painted onto the shoe. Buffing the cleanser will add enough shine on its own.

Cleaning your patent leather shoes is as simple at that.

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  • Lyubov Izotova
Comments 3
  • Teri

    Same question as above. How about patent leather that gets a lot of movements and need to remain supple to avoid cracking the surface ?

  • Marc Marquez
    Marc Marquez

    How much this shoes?

  • Karina

    Will this patent leather cleaner work on supple patent leather like a purse, or will it crack? What do you recommend for purses or patent leather belts that get a lot of “movement”, need to be supple? Thanks!

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