Originally Posted by Ataturk
Why does it have to be by rinsing? The dirt still gets picked up -- and ends up either transferred to the cloth or pushed to the edges of the shoe. Right?
Well, think it through. Why do you need the Renovateur? Can't you just rub the shoe down with a rag? Won't that transfer the dirt to the cloth? Of course it will...to a limited degree--approximately to the same degree that wiping your face with a dry cloth will remove the coal dust after a hard day in the mines. Or just wiping the spaghetti sauce off a plate before putting it back in the cupboard. But what actually happens? In the case of your face, some dust comes off on the cloth. But, even if only by virtue of the oils that your skin naturally has, much of the dirt will remain, embedded in those oils, and most of that will end up in the creases of your skin. The same thing happens with leather...which is, after all, a preserved form of skin. I am near-as-nevermind certain (never having used it myself) that Renovateur was formulated to penetrate into the pores of the leather and nourish the fiber mat beneath the corium/grain surface. So, you rub it around. The more you rub it the warmer/softer it gets and the more it soaks in...carrying dirt with it. It begs the question doesn't it? ...or several questions:
1) If you could rub it
off, then what good is it? 2) If you can't rub it all off, what do you suppose happens to the dirt and microfines that are carried into the pores and creases of the leather by the cream? Nevermind that the residue acts like fly-paper picking up even more dirt sitting in your closet. 3) What do you suppose this vigorous rubbing of all that micro-grit is doing to the leather?