basic careThe rule of thumb is to avoid storing dirt!
In taking care of the foundation, it is important to think in terms of "minus" rather than "plus.
We asked him about the ultimate in this process, the art of wiping with water.
From "Japanese Leather No. 3" published in 2010
Many people consider wiping water on leather to be taboo. Mr. Yasutomi, who advocates this method, used to believe that "water is the enemy of leather.
However, more than a year ago, he saw a saddle soap for leather in England, which led him to drastically change his stance on shoe care. He was skeptical about the idea of washing leather. He was skeptical about the idea of washing leather, but after trying it, he found that the leather was restored to its former glory. People often say that leather is breathable, but actually it is not. To be precise, there are no holes on the surface of leather, but rather the fibers absorb moisture and expel it. It has more than just breathability," he says.
When dirt accumulates on the inner surface of the leather, the breathing function becomes sluggish. By wiping the leather with water, the dirt can be removed and the leather can be restored to a healthy state.
Basic black straight tips. Because they are so simple, care makes all the difference.
Step 1: Brushing
First, remove dust by brushing. Brush out any dirt stuck in the crevices and seams. If you don't have time, just brushing will make a difference.
Step 2: Prepare water
Prepare water in a washbowl, and squeeze the towel loosely so that the water drips out. Lukewarm water is OK, but avoid hot water. It will damage the leather.
Step 3: Wipe the outside with water
Wipe the entire surface evenly with water, and then pat it down. This allows the water to penetrate into the leather and remove old cream and mud.
Step 4 Wipe the inside with water
After wiping the outside, do not forget to wipe the inside as well. For the toes, which are hard to reach by hand, use a small towel and a brush handle to push the towel into the toe area. You will be surprised at the amount of dirt that can be removed!
Do not wipe unevenly!
The key to wiping with water is to wipe the entire surface evenly. If you do not wipe evenly, the dirt that has accumulated on the leather will be washed away, and the edges of the wet stain may become ring stains.
Step 5. shade-drying
After wiping the entire surface clean, dry it in a well-ventilated place in the shade. Direct exposure to sunlight will cause the leather to deform, harden, and stiffen, which should be avoided at all costs.
Remove dirt from raised leather by rubbing!
Unlike smooth leather, raised leather such as suede, velour, and nubuck has a surface covered with fibers, and dirt tends to accumulate in the spaces between the fibers and is difficult to remove. The best way to remove these stubborn stains is to use friction. Use a nylon brush, a steel-plated brush, or a sponge to brush the surface vigorously. When using a brush, it is best to rotate it from the inside to the outside.
Raised leather can also be wiped with water!
Brushed leather is often thought to be more water-resistant than smooth leather, but in fact, it can be brushed with water, but only after it is dry.