Slippers are important items in everyone’s wardrobe. You can always find a pair of slippers in many men’s wardrobe; this is because they are easy wear and stylish when dressing for a very casual outing. Well, in this topic I will be focusing on leather slippers. The issue with leather slippers is that so many people find it difficult to properly clean them. Knowing this as an issue, I have taken my time to explain some important guidelines that will help you to properly clean leather slippers. Read ahead for these guidelines.
Gather cleaning items
What are the items that you will need in order to properly clean leather slippers? Well, the items have been listed below:
- Clean rag
- Wool detergent/Baby shampoo
- Leather shoe cleaner
- Leather shoe conditioner
- Soft bristle brush
- Old toothbrush
Begin the cleaning process
The next thing you should do after you have successfully gathered all the above cleaning items is to begin the cleaning process. Well, this process can be grouped into the following comprehensive steps:
Clean off excess dirt
Most often, excess dirt such as dust or dried mud accumulates on the surface, sides and sole areas of your slippers. Before you apply any sort of cleaning agent (such as leather shoe cleaner or soap) you should first of all get rid of any excess dirt. This can be done by brushing off with a soft bristle brush. You can also use an old toothbrush to remove excess dirt in areas in-between the sole and upper of your slippers.
Clean with leather shoe cleaner
When you are done with getting rid of excess dirt, the next stage involves cleaning your slippers with leather shoe cleaner. With this stage, you will have to take extra caution so as not to ruin the leather material on your slippers. You should only clean your leather slippers with the right cleansers that are designed to clean leather. These leather cleansers do not contain any enzymes; hence they are gentle on leather materials. When buying any leather shoe cleaner, you should look out for this.
You can clean the inside or insoles of your slippers with leather shoe cleaner if they are made with leather. On the other hand, if they are not made with leather, you can apply a few drops of wool detergent or baby shampoo on a clean rag and wipe off any dirt on the insoles of your slippers. After which you use a damp clean rag to wipe off excess soap on the insoles of your slippers.
Shine with clean rag
Before you commence with this stage, you will have to let your slippers dry for about 5-10 minutes after applying leather shoe cleaner on your slippers. This stage requires that you shine the surface or upper parts of your slippers with a clean soft rag. Shine your slippers in a back and forth manner.
Use leather shoe conditioner
After cleaning your slippers, you will need to protect them in order to prolong their lifespan. Well, to do so, you will have to apply a leather shoe conditioner. You can easily get a leather shoe conditioner in a shop closest to you, thus if you do not have one readily available. When applying any leather shoe conditioner, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product.
Dry your slippers
The next stage after successfully applying leather shoe conditioner on your slippers involves allowing your slippers to dry in a well ventilated area. Avoid drying your slippers under direct sunlight, as this will ruin the leather material on your slippers.