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Leather Care Newsletter Steven Ferry

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, October 2021, Care of Leather Goods

Steven Ferry Care of Leather Goods, Part 12

by Steven Ferry

Exceptions & Hacks on Cleaning & Polishing

For patent (high gloss) leather, apply the white cream designed for patent leather with a cloth and wipe off—do not use a brush or regular shoe polish cream or wax;

If multi-colored shoes, such as in the case of some ladies shoes or golf shoes, use a neutral-colored polish;

Shoes made of snake, alligator, ostrich, etc. skins need to be handled delicately with gentle motions using soft cloth—as their surface can be harmed by brushing/rough brushing. Also, they may require their own polish.

Remove salt stains by rubbing with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water;

Use rubbing alcohol to remove deep scuff marks (or one can try toothpaste rubbed in with a damp cloth).

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