Leather shoe care
Every parent generally imagines how to care for children’s leather shoes, but not everyone does it right.
There are several nuances, and today we will discuss them in our article.
1) The drier the better. This means that soiled children’s boots should be cleaned of dirt in a dry way, avoiding strong wetting. And only after removing the main layer of dirt, wipe it with a damp sponge or piece of cloth.
2) Cleaning should be done with a soft brush, as hard bristles leave micro-scratches on the surface, causing cracking.
3) If necessary, you can use detergents specially designed for shoe care.
4) After wet cleaning, wipe the shoes again with a dry cloth to leave a minimum of moisture on the surface.
5) It is recommended to dry leather products at room temperature, preferably in a cool place.
6) Any skin needs to be treated with a special cream. Daily cleaning certainly ends with the application of a nourishing and (if necessary) coloring cream.
Of great importance is the proper storage of children’s leather shoes. When sending the next pair to the pantry, do not forget to put crumpled paper inside to avoid deformation. Of course, pre-cleansing and creaming are required.
Useful advice: salt stains that appear on leather shoes in winter can be removed with a solution of vinegar. We take vinegar in half with water, moisten a sponge in the solution, wring it out and wipe the problem area.
It is better to store children’s shoes in boxes, signing the name and size on top. So in six months it will be more convenient to determine which pair will still serve, and which baby has already grown out of.
Caring for children’s nubuck shoes
Nubuck is an interesting material. It’s no longer leather, but it’s not suede either. In caring for him, there are pitfalls.
Firstly, purification occurs with the help of special tools and tools:
— napkins for nubuck;
— cleaning sprays;
— soft brushes
Such shoes do not like moisture and increased friction — in this case, washing is excluded, despite the fact that the material gets dirty no less than others. Before buying nubuck boots for a child, check how to care for children’s nubuck shoes. This process is more laborious than in the case of ordinary skin.
However, such shoes look simply chic, and modern tools simplify care as much as possible.
Useful advice: Dry the nubuck thoroughly before cleaning. The slightest moisture will damage the structure of the micro-bristle.
There are three levels of cleaning nubuck surfaces. For daily care, wiping with special napkins for nubuck will be enough.
If the shoes are not just dusty, but dirty, a soft brush will come to the rescue. Use circular motions to remove the dirt, paying attention to the same area for no more than a few seconds to avoid damage to the pile.
Strong pollution is removed by means of the clearing spray or foam.
Suede shoes: proper care
Suede absorbs moisture more intensively than other materials, so even before caring for children’s suede shoes, you should prevent getting wet: treat the surface with a water-repellent spray at least twice, and preferably three times. Apply each subsequent layer after the previous one is completely dry. It is advisable to use the tool every 10 days.
Useful advice: If a child wearing suede shoes gets their feet wet, place crumpled newspapers in the shoes to soak up the moisture.
The right decision would be to purchase wooden lasts and place them in shoes to avoid deformation. Never dry suede shoes near heat sources.
Cleaning suede is different from how nubuck shoes are cared for: the brush here is used more rigid, with metal fibers.
A special eraser will help to get rid of point pollution, and greasy stains are removed with the help of special powder or, in the absence of special means, talcum powder.
Useful advice: teach your child to use a shoehorn from an early age to avoid deforming the backs.
Patent shoes — the secrets of long service
How long patent leather shoes will remain as luxurious as on the day of purchase depends on two main factors:
How much to steam. This type of shoe is not the best choice for everyday wear, it is more suitable for holidays and “going out”. The lacquered surface looks elegant and often does not need additional decor, serving as a decoration for shoes itself. The daily use of patent leather shoes is not good for the baby either — patent leather is less breathable than regular or suede.
How to care for patent leather shoes. Proper care and storage will significantly extend the life of children’s shoes. Your baby will grow out of them much faster than they lose their appearance.
Patent leather shoes are easier to care for than suede or nubuck. You should remember the main rule: avoid scratches in any form. That is, put the brushes aside and clean the shoes with a piece of soft cloth — felt or velor. At the same time, we do not press or rub intensively, so that random grains of sand do not leave marks.
Care products are selected specialized for this type of footwear. If they are not there, it is not worth replacing them with others. It is better to rub the shoes with olive or castor oil, or vaseline, glycerin. In short, moisturize with natural products.
Useful advice: a spectacular shine to patent-leather shoes is given by egg white or onion juice as a lubricant. Before that, it would be good to wipe them with a soft cloth moistened with milk.
To dry patent leather shoes, like any other made of genuine leather, should be at room temperature, without the use of dryers and heat sources. Do not leave shoes in direct sunlight, otherwise the varnish may crack.
Lacquered leather does not tolerate temperature changes. It is undesirable to wear shoes made of this material at temperatures above + 25 ° C, boots and boots — below 0 ° C.
Caring for rubber boots
Few people wonder how to care for rubber boots. It would seem that there is nothing easier. However, here there is something to learn from experts: rubber has a tendency to crack. To avoid this, you should follow a few simple rules:
— timely wash and dry boots, wash liners and insoles.
— Do not leave shoes in direct sunlight.
— lubricate with glycerin, petroleum jelly or mixtures of vegetable oils. Shoe cream is not needed here.
Useful advice: You can lighten white rubber boots that have lost their color with a gruel of lemon juice and soda. No need to rub! Just apply and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Before being sent for long-term storage, rubber boots should also be lubricated with glycerin and, filled with crumpled paper, hidden in a box away from sunlight.
Children’s sneakers and their care
How to care for children’s sneakers depends not only on their safety. Proper care guarantees the child comfort during use, which means health of the skin of the feet and safety when running.
Even before you put new sneakers on your child for the first time, take care of them by spraying a protective spray on the surface. It will repel moisture and dirt from the material, facilitating subsequent cleaning.
We clean contaminated sneakers depending on the material: leather — in accordance with the rules for caring for leather shoes; suede — given the characteristics of suede.
Useful advice: let the sneakers “rest”. Young athletes, for whom sneakers are a daily type of footwear, should have several pairs.
Cloth sneakers and sneakers can be washed. They are suitable for washing in the machine on the “sportswear and shoes” mode or by hand.
Dry sneakers, like other types of shoes, should be slowly, at room temperature.
Caring for children’s sandals
Summer shoes need care no less than winter boots and boots. If you know how to care for children’s sandals, they will look presentable even a couple of years after purchase. Of course, provided that these are high-quality shoes. But Theoleo buyers do not have to worry about this — the products of this brand do not let the owners down.
So, here are a few secrets of caring for children’s sandals:
Summer shoes, especially children’s shoes, should be washed not only outside, but also inside. Toddlers often run barefoot, but rarely wash their feet before putting on their shoes again. Children’s sandals from the inside, as a rule, are much dirtier than demi-season boots.
Take care to keep the shape of the back. This part of children’s sandals suffers first of all if they are carelessly thrown into a storage box. Therefore, sandals and sandals should be stored in a box stuffed with crumpled paper into the sock.
Lubricate the top of the shoe with a moisturizing cream. Even an ordinary children’s one will do here.
Useful advice: wiping the inside with hydrogen peroxide will help rid summer shoes of unpleasant odors.
Drying and storage of children’s sandals is carried out according to the same rules as other types of shoes.
We will be glad if the tips and recommendations are useful.