How To Use
There are no real practical differences between regular toxic shoe polish and our non-toxic shoe polish in regard to putting a shine on a shoe with cream polish, but there are some minor things that should be noted:
Because non-toxic shoe polish contains no turpentine or petroleum as a solvent, the polish in the jar is a little more sensitive to changes in temperature, so it will be harder below 75F and softer above 80F. Once applied to the shoe temperature becomes irrelevant.
An effect of using natural, non-toxic, orange oil as the solvent is that it acts as a mild cleaner as well. Another effect of using orange oil as the solvent is that when you put your applicator (cotton cloth, cotton round, etc…) into the polish to extract some from the jar, it will not absorb into the applicator as quickly and easily as shoe polish that uses toxic solvents.
To get the greatest benefit from this polish, and to get the best shine, use it in the following manner:
- Use a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt will do) and rub it on the surface of the polish in the jar. If the polish is soft rub gently, if the polish is firm rub with a little more pressure. You want to add just a little polish to the cloth (you can always add more if you like).
- Rub the polish onto the shoe in about 1 inch circles. You should have enough polish on the cloth to cover about half the shoe at a time. Repeat this process until polish has been applied to cover both shoes.
- Wait 10 minutes and brush each shoe thoroughly. This will not produce a great shine yet, so don’t be disappointed.
- Wait another 10 minutes and brush each shoe again thoroughly. This should bring out a deep, rich, glow shine.
- With the water resistant version of this polish, wipe each shoe down with a damp cloth to activate the polish.
Try not to add too much polish (about the same as you would/should with regular cream polish).
If too much polish is used the shine will look a little hazy (the orange oil acting as a mild cleaner), but all that is necessary is to brush the shoes again to blend and smooth out the wax.
With light colored shoes (Light Brown polish) the shoes may darken slightly due to the density of the conditioner (coconut oil) in the polish.
High Shine Paste Polish
There are a number of terms used to define putting a very high shine on your shoes, the most common are:
- Spit Shining
- Mirror Shining
- Bull Shining
And, while the names vary, the intended result is the same: Get the highest shine you can, while also adding some perception of depth to the shine. Only a neutral paste polish can accomplish this.
Please note that the High Shine polish is a very hard paste that requires very little polish per coat.
The following is the proper way to get a high shine, with some depth, on your shoes:
- Use a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt will do) as an applicator, tap it in some water to get it moist, then rub it (a couple of circles) lightly on the surface of the polish in the jar. You only want a small amount of polish on the cloth.
- Rub the polish onto the shoe in about 1 to 2 inch circles. You should have enough polish on the cloth to cover the toe. It should feel like you are pushing the polish. If it feels like you are dragging the polish, add a little more moisture to the applicator.
- Continue to rub the cloth on the toe of the shoe until a smooth shine appears (the haze is gone).
- Wait a few minutes, then repeat the first three steps as many times you like, until you get the shine and depth you desire.
Our leather cleaner/conditioner cannot only be used on shoes, but pretty much any leather item.
Using the cleaner/conditioner is very simple:
- Use a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt will do), or your fingers, and scoop out a small amount (just enough to cover the ends of a couple of your fingers) of cream from the jar.
- Rub the cream into the leather.
- Use a clean cotton cloth and rub/buff the leather.
- let dry for a few hours, then rub/buff the leather again.