With the onset of winter, the load on shoes increases dramatically. If in the fall she had to withstand only moisture and pollution, now she has to cope with the effects of salt and reagents.
How to preserve the beauty and extend the life of shoes if they are constantly exposed to salt and reagents? We bring to your attention tips that will effectively protect your boots and boots.
Proper cleaning and drying
As soon as you get home, you should immediately wipe the shoes with a damp cloth or napkin. This will help wash off most of the chemicals and prevent them from being absorbed into the material. If you have shoes made of suede or nubuck, then it is advisable to use a rubber brush or COLLONIL napkins.
Then the shoes must be properly dried. It is best to use special wooden blocks that will help keep the shape and prevent the likelihood of creases and wrinkles. If you do not have such an opportunity, then a tightly folded newspaper will do. Another great option is plastic shoe dryers that are mains powered.
The main thing — avoid drying near heating appliances!
When the shoes are a little dry, you should remove the white salt stains as soon as possible if they appear on it. This will help you water with table vinegar, mixed in a ratio of 2: 1. Apply the mixture to a cotton swab and wipe thoroughly the entire surface of the shoe, especially the seams. Instead of vinegar, you can use ordinary or ammonia.
But, as practice shows, such methods do not always help to achieve the desired result. The optimal and truly effective method for removing any type of dirt is COLLONIL Carbon cleaning foam, which prevents color fading, removes salt from the inside of the material and preserves its structure. Then you need to wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
Please note that natural oils, such as castor, sunflower, linseed, etc., should not be applied to the surface, as they will only worsen the condition of the skin. It is better to use products that are specifically designed to care for winter shoes.
After you have thoroughly dried and cleaned the shoes, you can start caring for them. COLLONIL cream with beeswax and jojoba oil proved to be excellent. It is deeply absorbed into the material, softens and nourishes it, and also protects it from aggressive environmental influences. In addition, such a cream retains the ability of the skin to «breathe», i.e. it doesn’t clog pores. The material remains soft, elastic, creases and cracks do not appear on it.
The next step is the use of water-repellent impregnation. A feature of COLLONIL impregnations is that special fluorine-containing components are used in their production. They form the thinnest invisible layer on the surface of leather, nubuck, suede. The skin is protected not only from the outside, but also inside due to the formation of a special molecular network through which neither water, nor salt, nor reagents can penetrate. At the same time, the material remains able to “breathe”, and water simply rolls off its surface.
When choosing creams and impregnations, it is very important to consider what material the shoes are made of. There are products for smooth leather, nubuck / velor and membrane. For example, for Gore-Tex, Sympatex, etc. membranes, COLLONIL has developed a special water- and dirt-repellent spray;
30-60 minutes before going outside, it is advisable to treat the shoes with water-repellent impregnation;
Do not try to mask saline stains with cream. They will still come through it, and they will destroy the material from the inside. The sooner you remove them, the better;
· for the care of suede and nubuck pile, special brushes have been developed that lift it up and literally comb it. COLLONIL sponges are intended for smooth leather, which carefully care for the material and prevent its damage.
With proper and careful care, your shoes will retain their impeccable appearance for at least several seasons. The main thing is to choose the right care products for her and do not be lazy to use them every day.