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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. right_hook

    right_hook Member

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    I suggest you'd better start with brushing before and after each wearing of your shoes.
    You need to appply conditioner when you feel the leather become dry.
    And apply cream polish if there is a need to rejuvenate the color.
    Otherwise, just give them a good constant brushing and you'll be fine.
     


  2. MrUnderwood

    MrUnderwood Senior member

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    Interesting post. I have Renomat as part of my cleaning "routine" that i use once in a while if i think the shoes needs a clean up. Maybe i'll be better off removing Renomat and simply water+brushing before applying Renovateur.

    Can i ask what you use for Suede shoes?
     


  3. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    I'm not sure why you use water. Renovateur is a water-based cream. I can't help with the suede as I don't own any! Very best wishes, Munky
     


  4. Luigi_M

    Luigi_M Senior member

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    I think Munky is right about Renomat.
    I can't tell if it's necessary or not, having never used it, but making its use a part of shoe care routine seems to me like using bleach each time you wash your underwear.
    Common washing powder should usually be enough... :rolleyes:
    A nice Sunday to all, Luigi.
     


  5. MrUnderwood

    MrUnderwood Senior member

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    I simply dip the brush in water to firstly remove any dirt off the shoe, and then let it dry for approximately 10 minutes and then use Renovateur. Was explained that using a brush dipped in water was good to remove any excessive dirt before applying Renovateur (and using Renomat before applying Renovateur).

    I like the idea of using less products, so i think i will try some time without Renomat.
     


  6. trevorplease

    trevorplease Senior member

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    Anyone?
     


  7. Luigi_M

    Luigi_M Senior member

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    Sorry Trevor, I have no experience with cordovan, just a pair of old Alden that I bought without even knowing that they were a very special kind of leather and have been badly gunked by a dilettante cobbler I used years ago.
    Were your shoes mine, I'd just try brushing - lot & lot - and maybe using just a little bit of cream of the right hue.
    Again, I'm not an expert so other might give you more appropriate advice.
    Good luck, Luigi.
     


  8. PParker ESQ

    PParker ESQ Senior member

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    Suede for me is definitely “prevention better than the cure”, invest in a good quality suede protector spray and a suede brush. The protector spray should create a barrier causing most dirt to sit on top until you brush it off. Brushing should maintain and revitalise the nap whilst removing the surface debris. Just don’t brush too hard as this can pull the fibres out making the suede a bit patchy. Should anything get past the protector that brushing wont remove then use a suede rubber, Saphir make a nice one.

    I’d only ever wash suede as a very last resort as I never think that suede looks as good once it’s been washed. If you have to though saphir suede multicleaner is your best bet IMO.
     


  9. smsodhi

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    Does anyone moisturise their suede? We use creams and conditioners to moisturise our smooth leathers. Is it needed for suede?
    Thanks
     


  10. MrUnderwood

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    Awesome reply! thank you!

    If you have the time then please link to the products you mean from Saphir?

    I was recommended the Saphir Super invulner spray.
     


  11. cbfn

    cbfn Senior member

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    If you need to clean/wash suede, this is a good guide.
     


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