Here is what you will need:
- Some newspaper to protect the area you are polishing in.
- A brush to clean the dirt from your shoes.
- A couple cotton cloths for applying the polish and polishing to a shine. Synthetic cloths will scratch the leather.
- A mist sprayer
The first thing you will want to do is put down some old cloths or newspaper to protect area you are working on, whether that’s the carpet (shoe polish is not easy to get out of carpet) or the dining table. This will also stop the cloths and brushes you will use picking up dirt when you put them down. Change into some old clothes as well again polish is hard to remove.
First off remove the shoelaces you don’t want to get polish over the laces and it will make it easier to clean the tongue. If you have shoe trees keep them in or stuff the shoe with newspaper so it keeps its shape when you are polishing them.
Wipe the dust and dirt from your shoes with a damp cloth, or you can use show cleaner if your shoes are very dirty or have stains on them, but do not use a cleaner that has acid or detergent this could damage the leather. Shoe cleaner will also remove any old polish that has built up over time. Let the shoes dry.
Ok down to the polishing, wrap your cotton cloth around the first two fingers on your left or right hand. Apply a small amount of polish to the cloth and using small circular movements evenly cover each shoe with the polish. Less is more here you don’t want to slap loads of polish on in one go you are building the layers up. If you have a creases in the shoe and water can sit there and cause further damage so make sure you get into all the creases and crevices with the polish.
Leave the shoes for 2 to 3 minutes to dry; the drying time will vary depending on how warm a day it is.
Using the fine mist sprayer, spray water onto the shoes and then polish them dry keep applying the polish letting them dry and polishing them with the water applied until you get the shine you are looking for this isn’t the final polish this is just a base shine.
Now you are ready to buff your shoes so you can see your face in them if that’s the level of shine you want, using a clean cotton cloth buff the polish until smooth using a clean part of the cloth for each area of the shoe. You will know when you are done as they will have a mirror finish and you’ll be able to see your face in the shoes.
This part of the polishing can take up to 40 minutes if the shoes are new or have not been polished before to a high level of shine, so patience is needed. The second time you do this it will be a lot quicker to achieve the shine.
Now you have your lovely polished shoes you’ll want to keep them looking good so store in a cool place as heat will dry out the leather. If you have shoe trees use them or stuff old newspaper down the toe to help the shoes keep their shape. Putting them back in the box with the lid on will also keep them clean and out of harm’s way.