Removing old (synthetic) shoe polish, The how to.

Well maintained shoes are polished regularly. However, because of using too much or the wrong shoe polish (synthetic or color) which is not good for the leather, It may be necessary to remove these layers of polish before polishing them again. By removing the old layers of dirt and polish, you allow the new nurturing layers of polish and/or cream to be absorbed better into the leather. But how do I remove these old layers of polish correctly? The ShoeCare-Shop offers multiple products that will do the job.

Saddle Soap
Saphir’s saddle soap is a soap specially designed for cleaning leather and shoes before polishing them again. With the included sponge and some hot water you clean the dirt off your shoes. When you are sattisfied with the amount of dirt that has been washed off your shoes, simply wipe the remaining soap with a moist cloth. To complete the process please dry your shoes with a dry cotton cloth. Do not apply new layers of (beeswax) before the shoes are completely dry. It’s advisable to let the shoes dry for a couple of hours.

Get saddle soap (Link to product: EU / UK)

Renomat by Saphir is used to thoroughly rid leather from dirt and synthetically based layers of polish. Renomat is applied with the included brush and cleaned without adding any water. Afterwards wipe your shoes with a dry cloth, and let them dry for about fifteen minutes. For extra details regarding the cleaning process please view the video below.

Get Renomat (Link to product: EU / UK)

The video below describes how to remove dirt and old layers of polish with Renomat.

Synthetic shoe polish VS beeswax based shoe polish

Before buying shoe polish we advise to first check the product label for its ingredients. The standard shoe polish , which you can buy in your local supermarket, is often synthetic and contain silicone.

Silicone-based shoe polish, provides a protective layer over the leather. This layer completely seals the leather, depriving it from oxygen. Leather needs to breathe. Over time, partly because of the moisture on the outside that can’t go nowhere, the leather will deteriorate.

Shoeshine based on beeswax and (animal) oils has the property that it is not only a protective layer on the shoe , but also immediately absorbs into the leather. This way the shoe is protected from within the leather, while being naturally cared for and maintained. Because of the natural ingredients used in the formula, the looks of the leather are longer sustained.

How do you remove old or synthetic shoe polish?
Are your shoes polished with synthetic shoe polish or you are not sure what it is ,just remove the old layers! With Saddle Soap (Link to product: EU / UK) or Renomat (EU / UK) old layers of synthetical polish are easily removed. In the next blog article we explain how. After a good cleaning, you can apply a natural shoe polish like Crème de Luxe by SCS (EU / UK) or Saphir’s Médaille d’Or cream shoe polish, Pommadier (EU / UK).

How do you know if your shoe polish contains beeswax?
A shoe polishing product containing beeswax will promote this on its label because that’s one of its distinguishing features.

Shoe polishing, the essentials

In this video tutorial we explain how to make your shoes more representable and give them a nice overall shine.

What do you need?
• Saphir Médaille d’Or Renovateur (Link to product: (EU / UK)
• Saphir Médaille d’Or cream shoe polish, Pommadier (EU / UK)
• Saphir Médaille D’Or Applicator cloth (EU / UK)
• Shine Brush (EU / UK)
• (Optional) Saphir Médaille d’Or Pate de Luxe (EU / UK)

1. First off, clean your shoes with a mildly moist cloth or the required Shine Brush (EU / UK). Secondly, apply the Renovateur (EU / UK) in small circular motions. Afterwards let the shoes sit for a moment, to let the leather absorb the Renovateur. After about 5 minutes lightly brush your shoes with the Shine Brush. You will notice that your shoes will already start to shine a little bit!

2. Directly after, apply the Pommadier (EU / UK)the same way you did with the Renovateur. (*Regarding the Pommadier: Please make sure to choose the correct color for your shoes). After applying, let your shoes rest for another 5 to 10 minutes. Afterwards Firmly brush your shoes with the Shine Brush. To get the perfect look, please repeat step 2. for one or two more times.

3. (optional) Instead of treating your shoes with Pommadier an extra two more times, replace the Pommadier in last repetition with Saphir Médaille d’Or Pate de Luxe (EU / UK). This way you will get a more glossy look.

Compliment your shoes with a mirror shine finish

Want to give your shoes the ultimate shine? We explain how.
What do you need?

• Saphir Médaille d’Or Pate de Luxe (Link to product: EU / UK)
• Saphir Médaille d’Or Applicator cloth (EU/ UK)
• Shine Brush (EU/ UK)
• Polishing Cloth (EU/ UK)
• Or (optional) Saphir Médaille d’Or Polishing Glove (EU/ UK)
• Water

Apply small amounts of Pate de Luxe (EU / UK) (less is more), onto the applicator cloth (EU / UK) and massage the wax into the nose of the shoe. While applying the wax, occasionally drip some water onto the nose of the shoe and rub the wax together with the water. Afterwards let the leather rest for a couple of minutes.

To let the shine come out brush the nose of the shoe with a Shine Brush (EU / UK) . Afterwards finish the effect by polishing the nose of your shoe with a Polishing Cloth (EU / UK). (Optional) With the polishing glove you will get better results, but is a bit more expensive. Either way, both will do the job!

Not satisfied with the shine effect after one treatment? Just repeat until you reach the gloss you desire. On average, its advisable to repeat the process around five times.

In the video below we guide you thru the steps.

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