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Leather shoes require some special care to keep them looking their best. Here's a breakdown of the steps to clean leather shoes:

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  1. Find a workspace: Lay down some old newspapers or rags to protect your work surface.
  2. Remove the laces: This allows you to clean all the nooks and crannies of the shoe. You can wash dirty laces in the washing machine with a gentle detergent or replace them if they're beyond saving.


  1. Brush loose dirt: Use a soft horsehair brush to remove any surface dirt, dust, or debris from the leather.

  2. Clean with a damp cloth: Make a solution of warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap or a leather cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals or detergents, as they can dry out the leather. Dip a soft, clean cloth into the solution, wring it out well so it's damp but not soaking, and wipe down the entire shoe.

  3. Wipe away residue: Use another clean, damp cloth with clean water to remove any soap residue. Don't oversaturate the leather – you just want to remove the cleaning solution.

Drying and Conditioning:

  1. Air dry: Let the shoes air dry completely at room temperature. Never put leather shoes near heat sources like radiators or direct sunlight, as this can crack the leather. Stuff the shoes with paper towels or clean cloths to help them maintain their shape while drying.

  2. Condition the leather: Once the shoes are completely dry, apply a leather conditioner to replenish moisture and protect the leather. Use a conditioner appropriate for the type of leather – consult the care instructions that may have come with your shoes, or ask a shoe store staff for recommendations. Apply a small amount of conditioner with a soft cloth and buff it to a shine.

Additional tips:

  • Scuff marks: For minor scuffs, you can try buffing them out with a soft cloth. You can also use a leather eraser specifically designed for scuff marks.
  • 頑固な汚れ (頑固汚れ = stubborn stains): For tougher stains, research specific stain removal methods for leather. Be aware that some stains may require professional cleaning.
  • Regular maintenance: Regularly cleaning and conditioning your leather shoes will help them last longer and maintain their shine.
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