KIWI Polishing up your footwear
If you want shoes that ar shiny enough to use as a shaving mirror, you can't just rely on a quick rub up the back of your trouser leg. For an expert polish, a methodical routine is necessary at least once a week, This is how you do it….
Get rid of dirt
If your shoes are dusty, just give them the once-over with a cloth. For cakd-on mud and grime, remove any lumps and grime, remove any lumps with a blunt knife, then wipe with the cloth. Don't soak with water as you might damage the leather. Beware of gritty particles – they could scratch the surfac of your shoe.
Choose a quality polish
The idea is to gradually build and then maintain a continuous wax film all over the shoe. This protects the leather, keeping the shoe in shape and prolonging its life. A build-up of old polish can darken and dull the leather so try using a spirit cleaner to remove any gunky wax. Always choose a product that matches the colous of the shoe. Neutral shades and natural wax are best for light coloured leathers.
Apply the polish
A duster or a J-cloth are fine. Working in a circular movement, apply the polish or cream o the leather, getting close to the sole and any stitching or hole-punch design. Don't overload with polish as this can change the colour of your leather. One of the best products is church's shoe cream with applicator
Use elbow grease
Leave the polish to settle for a couple of minutes, then take a soft bristle brush and vigorousty buff the shoe until it. gleams. Finally, wipe over with a clean cloth to remove any last traces of polish or dust. And contrary to what army corporals would have us believe, spit does little to enhance the shine of your shoes – in fact, it might even smear your finish.