How To Spit Shine Boots
To polish your boots to a brilliant shine, learn how to spit shine boots. The important areas of the boot to spit shine are the toe and the heel. It takes several layers of polish to create that shiny reflective mirror spit shine. Spit shining your boots will take about an hour and a half for each boot and the process doesn’t really require spit.
To spit shine boots, you will need:
- Soft clean cloths
- Kiwi Shoe Polish
- Cover the table top or work area with newspaper to protect it from the shoe polish. Place a boot on the newspaper and clean all dirt from the boot using a damp cloth and water. Remove the dirt that collects in the seam of the boot sole all the way around the boot.
- Open the can of shoe polish. Fill a small bowl or dish with hot water (not too hot or you will burn your finger). Wrap a soft clean cloth around your index finger making sure the cloth is smooth and wrinkle free on the tip of your finger.
- Dip your cloth covered finger tip in the hot water (seriously, you don’t need to spit), then gently swirl it around the surface of the polish to pick up a small amount of polish. Apply the first coat of polish to the toe area by making small circles (an inch in diameter) with your finger. Do the same to the heel of the boot while the fresh coat of polish is drying on the toe. If you have water drops on the polished area, add more polish until the water is absorbed.
- Continue applying layers of polish on top of dried polish, in a circular motion, while reducing the amount of polish used for each layer, until the polished area is smooth and your boots have a mirror shine.
- Using hot water will help the shoe polish absorb faster and better into the leather. If you are determined to use the traditional method of spit and shine, replace water with spit while polishing the boot.
- Do no apply layers of shoe polish to the sides of the boot. As you walk in the boots the polish will just crack. Make sure each layer of shoe polish is completely dry before applying another layer of polish.