Originally Posted by tcideneb
Hi there, I have a few questions which I would appreciate if anyone could advise on;
1) alot of people tend to use horse hair brushes to clean to shoe. Is it common practice to have one cleaning brush for each type of coloured shoe? Or is a single brush ok?
2) some people like to buff / shine the shoe once the cream / polish has been applied? What type of brush do you use? Is it the same horse hair one that you would use to clean tw shoe in 1)?
3) where would I be able to get sapphire products in London? Or is the best place online here (hanger project ) ?
4) how often / frequent to you remove all the polish / wax and restart again? I assume that once you are happy with the polish you can just maintain it for a few weeks / month? But ultimately one would need a complete overhaul?
1) A lot of people use horsehair brushes to knock the dust off of their shoes, and perhaps bring up a shine. A soft cotton cloth (and perhaps a tooth brush or dauber brush) is typically used for actual cleaning. For knocking the dust off, a single brush is fine.
2) Yes, a standard horsehair brush would be used to brush shine your shoes (this is sometimes referred to as buffing, but I think of buffing as using a chamois or flannel cloth to raise a shine). I would not use the same brush I use to knock the dust off, but that is not critical. I would also use one brush for brown and one for black when polishing, but again not critical. Brushes do not pick up a lot of pigment from the polish, and when they do (over time) they are easy to wash out with dish soap and warm water.
3) I'm a Yank so I can't help you with sources in London.
4) How often you care for your shoes, and to what degree, is directly related to how you wear them. If you wear the same pair of shoes often, and in bad weather, then your care regiment will be more frequent. If you have a large collection of shoes, and you spend more time on your butt than on your feet (like me), then it will be less frequent.
My recommendation is to brush your shoes before and after you wear them each time. Polish your shoes with cream polish about the fourth of fifth time you wear them. Clean your shoes with a leather cleaner whenever they actually get dirty, not just dust. I usually clean my shoes whenever I get back from a trip, just because I know they have been exposed to any number of things.
As far as stripping (removing all the polish/wax): Some people think it is bad for the shoe to do it at all, others do it now and then as they feel the need. I think it is good for the shoe leather to strip all the junk off every once in a while. I would not recommend stripping a pair of shoes more often than every six months or so, but again not critical. I have shoes that I have never stripped down, and they are doing just fine. They are just shoes after all.