How To Clean Vintage Loafers

If you have a pair of kicks that you absolutely love, you’re going to need to know how to clean vintage loafers. Shoes, especially great quality vintage shoes can have a fantastically long shelf life, but you’ll have to take great care of them in order for that to happen. Just as they can last you years, you can wear them out in a season if they’re not cared for properly. Here is what you’ll need to do in order to keep your vintage loafers clean and in your closet for a long time!

What you’ll need:

  • Soft damp cloth
  • Saddle soap
  • Leather shoe polish
  • Suede brush
  • Suede cleaner
  • Suede cleaning block
  • Protection spray
  1. Suede or leather? How you’ll go about cleaning your shoes will depend on whether they’re suede or leather. If you have to clean leather vintage loafers, you’ll need the soft damp cloth, saddle soap, the leather shoe polish and the protection spray. If suede is the material of the vintage loafers you have to clean, you’ll need the suede brush, suede cleaning block, suede cleaner and the protection spray. You can easily find all these things at your local drug store and shoe store. Any sort of leather and suede cleaning products can be found at any place where suede and leather shoes are sold. 
  2. Buff out the stains.  The first thing you’ll need to do to clean vintage loafers is to buff out the stains, scuffs or marks on the shoe. If your shoes are leather, you should do this with the soft damp cloth and saddle soap. This is a non toxic product that will take the scuffs out of leather loafers. If you’re cleaning vintage loafers that are suede you’ll need to first spray the shoe with the cleaner. From there you’ll use the cleaning block to buff out the scuffs. Do this gently and patiently, better to buff for longer and lighter than pressing very hard and taking it out but also damaging the material. 
  3. Polish the shoe. After the stains are buffed out you’ll need to restore the clean vintage loafers to their former glory. For leather loafers, you’ll need shoe polish. If you would rather not do this yourself, take them to a shoe shine place and let them finesse your kicks for you. Make sure you tell anyone who works on your shoes that they are a vintage pair and need to be treated very carefully! For suede shoes, it’s a little trickier but still, there’s not too much to it. You’ll need to restore the nap of the fabric. You can do this with a suede brush by gently rubbing the fabric with the bristles of the brush in small circular motions. 
  4. Protect those babies! To keep your now clean vintage loafers sparkling and resistant to scuffs and stains, be sure to spray your entire shoe with a protection spray. You should be able to use a similar spray for either leather or suede shoes. This will help ensure you don’t have to go through this process every time you wear them!

Be aware that vintage shoes can be delicate, and you’ll have to be very careful during this process. There is one major thing you can do to keep your clean vintage loafers clean and that is to make sure you keep them protected and make sure you’re not wearing them to do messy activities! Prevention is the best treatment!

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