Originally Posted by Al in Philly
I need some help with cleaning my shoes. There is definitely a build up of wax that I am trying to remove using Lexol cleaner. The cleaner certainly takes a lot of elbow grease to work and below is how far i've gotten on one shoe. Notice the wax wearing away around the broging. It took me maybe 30 minutes just to remove that. Should it be taking that long? Would Renomat work faster?
Any help would be mostly appreciated.
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There is actually a difference between cleaning a shoe and stripping a shoe. It sounds like you want to strip your shoes, and RenoMat would be the best product for that.
The difference between stripping a shoe and cleaning a shoe is the amount of wax that is removed. Since most shoes (unless they are brand new) have a build up of wax, a leather cleaner is only going to remove a few surface layers of wax. This is effective for cleaning because that is where most of the dirt is trapped anyway. Scrubbing harder with a cleaner will remove more wax, but you also run the risk of damaging the leather surface with being too aggressive with your scrubbing.
Although RenoMat states that it is a "cleaner-stain remover" on the bottle, it is actually a wax stripper. RenoMat will easily dissolve the wax for removal with a cloth, but it will also remove some of the oils from the leather, so you will want to condition your shoes (with leather conditioner) after you use it.