How to Clean Leather Shoes Like a Pro?

Taking care of leather shoes is quite a difficult task. Although, you can easily purchase them. But how can you take care of them? Many methods will help you to clean the leather shoes like a pro.

Most people ask the same question what things keep leather shoes long-lasting? From my experience, I recommend you to keep leather shoes or whatever you have leather products in the safest place.

One thing that should be kept in mind while buying a leather shoe is that it tends to shrink and easily dry out. But how much time do you need to spend on cleaning leather shoes?

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How Long Will This Take to Clean Leather Shoes?

Cleaning a leather shoe is not a big deal, but most of us are curious about how much time will be taken to clean leather shoes. Furthermore, you can say it depends on your speed or may vary from person to person.

Some people are quick in doing the task. At the same time, the others are doing the same task in more time. Personally, I clean my leather shoes in 20 mins.

When I feel lazy or act like a tortoise, it takes me an hour to clean my leather shoes. So, don’t worry; if you are a quick learner, then it will take only 20 minutes to clean them..

It is now moving towards the things you might need while cleaning leather shoes.

Things Required

Although, you know, we need a leather shoe cleaning kit. But what things are included in the kit? Let’s explore the list.

  1. A soft cloth or towel
  2. Soap
  3. Baking soda
  4. Leather shoe brush
  5. Leather conditioner
  6. Leather oil

After knowing the materials, you should know the procedure and the steps of cleaning leather shoes.

Methods to Clean Leather Shoes

Avoid using water while cleaning leather shoes. Moreover, water will cause the leather to shrink. There are three types of leather: suede leather, guanine leather, and patent leather.

I will tell you how you can clean your leather shoes depending on the type of leather. So, before you start cleaning leather shoes, you need to know the type of material used.

Now, I will tell you about Suede leather shoes; let’s start immediately.

1. Suede Leather

Take out Your Shoe Laces

Before you start cleaning your shoes, the first step you have to do is to take out your shoe laces. After taking it out, you need to keep them in a safe place.

Moreover, keep an eye on your shoelace as well. If your shoelace is dirty, you must also clean it. To clean your shoelace, you don’t need any extra steps. Just put your shoelace in the washing machine then you are good to go.

Remove Dirt Gently

After removing the shoelaces, you need to remove the dirt on the shoes using a soft cloth or with a brush. removing the shoelaces, you need to remove the dirt on the shoes using a soft cloth or with a brush.

Furthermore, you need to move the brush gently. One thing that you must keep in mind. Don’t clean your shoes if they are already clean.

Remove Hard Stuff

To remove hard scuffs or stubborn mud, use a soft brush.  If there is a scuff that can not remove easily, then you should squirt a little amount of leather oil over it.

Furthermore, you must move the brush gently in the forward and backward directions.

Removing Stain

In order to remove a stain or grease on your shoes. You need to add a little amount of talcum powder. After adding talcum powder, you need to spread it on shoes.

Let it dry for two-three hours. After this, you must use a brush to remove the white powder from your shoes. This way, you can easily clean the hard strain from your shoes.

It will remove grease marks from your shoes. Remember that only a sprinkling of talcum powder is not enough, and you need to soak up the grease or oil strain.

Apply Condition to Leather

After cleaning the leather shoes, you need to condition your shoes for protection. Later on, you need to move the brush gently over it.

Tip: You have to choose a conditioner that matches your shoe color. Let’s say your shoe color is black. So, you should purchase a black conditioner for your shoes.

Apply Leather Polish

Now, the last step is to make your polish like new ones. But how? Let me tell you. Grab a piece of a soft cloth and move gently on the leather surface. Do this until your shoe shine like new shoes.

2. Suede Leather

Suede leather is a different type of leather. So, it needs different things to clean it. Moreover, you have to follow the steps given below.

Brush Your Suede Shoes

To clean your suede shoes, you need to clean them using a suede brush. Now, what’s the difference between a suede brush and other brushes?

Suede brushes have a special type of bristle that will not damage the suede leather. So, you need to get them to your house.

Remove Scuffs

Now, you need to remove hard scuffs or strain. if you use a pencil or an eraser, you will be at ease. Moreover, it would help if you rubbed a pencil or eraser in the same direction. So it will not damage your suede leather shoes.

Above all, a few brushes come with rubber on their back. That rubber is used to remove hard strain from it.

Use of Cornstarch

To remove grease, you need to place a little cornstarch on it. Moreover, rub it over a grease residue. So, it will soak cornstarch, and you can easily remove strain. In the end, you need to remove the powder from your shoes with the help of a suede brush.

Use Silicon-Based Spray

Having a silicon-based spray is no less than a blessing. Suppose you don’t own it. Then you should bring it today. When you bring a pair of leather shoes to your house, use a silicon spray. So you can protect them from getting damaged.

It is now moving towards patent leather. Let’s explore the method to clean the patent leather.

3. Patent Leather

Patent leather has versatility, is cheap, and is easy to maintain. Moreover, it is waterproof, or you can say it is water resistant.

Use of Soap and Water

Patent leather is water-resistant. So, you can clean it with water. All you need to do is mix soap with water and mix it well. Get a soft cotton cloth and dip it into soap water. After doing this, gently move the cotton cloth on your shoes.

Use of Hand Sanitizer

You may wonder why one should use a hand sanitizer to clean patent leather. First, you need to dip a cotton swab in hand sanitizer and then clean your scuff by rubbing the cotton swab on it.

Polish Your Shoe

After cleaning with sanitizer, you need to polish your shoes with a cotton cloth. Moreover, you can move cotton cloth along with mineral oil. Mineral oil will keep your shoes shining.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How to Clean Leather Shoes with Baking Soda

You can clean your shoes with baking soda, all you need to make a solution of baking soda along with warm water. It would help if you mixed it in a better way.

Then you have to apply it to the leather shoe. After applying, leave it for five minutes. After five minutes, rinse it with a brush or a soft cloth.

How Do You Clean Soft Leather Shoes at Home?

Cleaning leather is not a big deal, but you must take care of it. You need to clean dirt from your shoes with the help of a horsehair brush and soft cloth. Soft leather needs a monthly cream when cleaning it. So, bring it now!

What Household Items Can I Use to Clean Leather Shoes?

You can clean leather shoes with the help of household items such as soap, baking soda, and glass cleaning spray.

Can You Clean Leather Shoes with Soap and Water?

Yes, you can clean leather shoes with soap and water when your leather is patent leather. Moreover, you need warm water with soap to mix it well.

Does Water Ruin Leather Shoes?

Water will ruin leather shoes except for patent leather. You can not clean any other leather product with soap and water unless it is written in the manual.


That’s it, everyone; I have shared the required details about cleaning leather shoes. Moreover, you have to follow the instructions mentioned above. If you have any questions or issues, you can ask in the comment section below.

Daniel Robert is a shoe lover who enjoys writing about all kinds of footwear, including sneakers, Crocs, Vans, and more. He shares his vast knowledge on, a website dedicated to helping people find the perfect pair of shoes. With years of experience and a passion for all things shoe-related, Daniel's easy-to-understand advice has helped countless people make confident and stylish choices.

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