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Cleaning your shoe cleaning cloth

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Hi! This might be a real stupid question, but what the hell! I've just stepped in to the world of shoe shining and after a few goes of polishing my shoes I ask myself: Hmm, I got these really nice cotton rags fron Saphir that now looks like sh*t. Are these possible to clean somehow or do people just throw these away and use old t-shirts or something that they throw in the bin whenever they clean their shoes?
 

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Hi! This might be a real stupid question, but what the hell! I've just stepped in to the world of shoe shining and after a few goes of polishing my shoes I ask myself: Hmm, I got these really nice cotton rags fron Saphir that now looks like sh*t. Are these possible to clean somehow or do people just throw these away and use old t-shirts or something that they throw in the bin whenever they clean their shoes?

You can wash the cotton rags with dish soap in the sink, or throw them in the washing machine.
 

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Thanks for the fast and non belittling reply. I've tried that but they still look like someone did something really nasty to them, but maybe that's fine. I'm just super paranoid about messing up the first nice pair of shoes I own :)
 

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Use something disposable (e.g. old tees) for applying the polish or creme. Save the nice Saphir cloth for final buffing.
 

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Could be just in my head, but I find old, oily rags easier to work with than new, dry ones. When a cloth is too new and dry, it seems to scratch hardened polish.
 
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