How To Use Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
In this video, Pure Polish Owner Andy answers a first time customer's question regarding which products to use first. There's a quick demonstration on how to use Leather Cleaner & Conditioner, for basic cleaning and conditioning, as shown on a pair of Allen Edmonds black wingtip derby brogues which were caught in a summer rain storm.
- Pure Polish Leather Cleaner & Conditioner – available here
- High Quality Natural Cotton Flannel Polishing Cloth – available here
- Premium Natural Thin Cotton Polishing Cloth – available here
- Short Horsehair Brush – available through various online or local retailers
The steps, as demonstrated are as follows:
- Unlace your shoes – which, as noted by a commenter, is best done when fully unlaced, rather than partially unlaced and tucked (as was shown in this video).
- Brisk brushing – use a short horsehair brush to knock dust, dirt, and grime off the leather, while also warming up the leather and preparing the pores for cleaning and receiving nourishing oils.
- Wrap the cloth – it is helpful to have a tight/flat-fronted polishing cloth when applying leather care products. Wrap your thick flannel cloth around two fingers, twist it around the back, and tuck it to create a hands-free application process.
- Apply the Cleaner & Conditioner – use small dabs of product at a time, gently rub it into your leather grain in circular motions, all across the surface.
- (Optional – not pictured) Brisk Brushing – use a clean horsehair brush and briskly brush the surface, to ensure even spreading of the product on all areas of the leather.
- Wipe off any excess – wrap a thin cotton polishing cloth around your fingertips. Briskly wipe off the surface of you leather, removing any excess product. This helps prevent the surface from getting sticky or tacky and gathering dust and dirt from the environment.
- That's it! Now you're all clean and ready to take your leather out, or continue with further protection on to the next step: Applying Cream Polish.