The 5 Golden Rules of Maintenance
Leather, nubuck or suede are skins. So you have to take care of it. For this, a single watchword : The Care!
1. Waterproof your shoes
The Mulard Waterproof Protection spray protects your shoes not only from rain but also from dirt and stains.
To ensure optimal protection of the shoe, it is recommended to waterproof before the first use, three times for optimum protection, allowing to dry between each application, and insisting well on the junction between the sole and the material.
So that your shoes are always protected from the weather, the application will have to be repeated every 8 to 10 uses, on previously cleaned shoes, because the waterproof agents lose their effectiveness over time.
All materials, except varnished, bold and synthetic leathers, stretch and Goretex, must be regularly waterproof.
Namely : You can in the same way waterproof your leather bags as textile to protect them from stains.
2. Put shoes trees
When you come home with wet shoes and still warm from the heat of the foot, immediately put unpolished wooden shoe trees in your shoes. These will absorb the moisture, tighten the shoe on its original forms and mitigate the creases.
They thus make it possible to avoid the appearance of unwanted folds.
3. Use a shoe horn to thread your shoes
Use a shoehorn to put on your shoes and unlace or loosen them so as not to overload the slides. You will avoid damaging the buttress.
4. Do not wear the same pair of pair of shoes two days in a row
After a day of use your shoes need to breathe in order to wick away moisture stored.
Prefer alternation. Let the shoes rest for at least 48 hours before taking them to new.
5. Never dry your shoes near a source of heat
Let your shoes dry at room temperature, with shoe trees so that they do not deform.
Never dry shoes near a heat source such as a radiator. The proximity of a heat source could dry the leather and cause premature aging.
If you have taken the rain and your shoes are very wet, let them dry well all night, leaning to the side, away from any source of heat. You can also line them with newspaper or paper towels that will absorb moisture from shoes.
Namely: it takes about twelve hours for a shoe to dry properly.