Its common sense that your shoes need good care to stay pup and extend their lifetime. Cleaning and polishing your shoes the right way will not only make them look great but also make them stay longer. In this brief, I am going to guide you on how to polish and shine your official black shoes.
Get the right materials
This is the first step; you need to have the right materials before we continue. Ensure you have the right polish and a good polishing brush. Shoe polishers in the market today are available in many forms. Some are available in wax, creams and liquids. What this means is that it is up to you to decide the right shoe polish to use. They are also available in a variety of colors but in our case today, we will choose the black color.
Cover your workplace with newspapers
The reality of the matter is that polishing shoes are a messy task. For this treason, you need to ensure that your work point is secured against the polish. Your furniture and floor should be protected against the stain. You can as well use brown paper bags.
Clean the shoes
One mistake that people make is applying shoe polish to a dirty area. To make it get on well and at the same time shine your shoes, you need to first of all clean them. For this reason, you have to brush your shoes vigorously with your horsehair brush to remove all the dirt and debris. You can also use a black dampened cloth and wipe it all round to remove the dirt.
Apply the polish
Now that your shoes are clean, the next step is to apply the polish. Get the polish on your brush and apply it in a circular motion. Apply a medium pressure on your shoes to ensure the polish is applied the right way. Don’t forget the toes and the heel which gets the most wear. The next step is to use a toothbrush to apply the polish on the hard to reach areas such as the edge of the upper and the cracks in the tongue.
Allow the polish to dry
After the polish has dried completely, then add an additional layer of polish. To be sure that the shoe polish has dried up completely, leave your shoe for about 20 minutes. It’s not a must you apply another layer but if you feel that your shoe needs another layer to shine the way you want then do it.
Brush off the excess polish
Once you are done applying the polish, the next thing is to brush off the excess polish on your shoes. Don’t be afraid to put some grease into it. The more you brush in this case the more the polish gets inside the shoe fabric.
Buff the shoe with a soft cloth and use the spit shine method
This method is especially used in the military to achieve a hard shine. You are required to spray a little water into the shoe and later apply another layer of polish. You should keep repeating this until you achieve the desired level of shine.
Try fire shining
This method involves lighting the shoe polish on a fire until it has melted. After that, you can apply it on the shoe using the same process as in the spit method.