Ah, patent leather—a sleek and shiny wonder in footwear and accessories! But the question remains - how do we keep it in pristine condition?
Decode patent leather
Patent leather is a type of coated leather that has been finished with a high-gloss, shiny surface. This glossy finish is achieved by applying a plastic coating, usually polyurethane or lacquer. The result is a distinctive, eye-catching look that adds a touch of sophistication to shoes, handbags, and other accessories.
Keeping patent leather in good shape
Maintaining the glossy allure of patent leather requires care and attention. Here are some tips to keep your patent leather items looking good:
- Regular cleaning: Dust and dirt can dull the shine of patent leather over time. Wipe your items regularly with a soft, damp cloth to remove any surface grime. A mild solution, such as the Saphir Vernis Rife, can be used for stubborn stains.
- Avoiding abrasives: Scratches and scuffs can be the bane of patent leather's existence. Keep sharp objects away, and avoid surfaces that could potentially cause abrasions. If scratches do occur, some can be buffed out with a gentle touch.
- Proper storage: Store your patent leather items in a cool, dry place when unused. Avoid overcrowding, as excessive pressure on things can lead to creases and deformities.
- Say no to the sun: Exposure to direct sunlight can fade the colours of patent leather. Keep your items away from prolonged exposure to sunlight to maintain their glossiness.
- Gentle polishing: While patent leather doesn't require traditional shoe polish, you can give it an extra shine with a patent leather cleaner such as Saphir Vernis Rife. Apply it sparingly with a soft cloth and buff gently for that extra gleam.
- Handle with care: When wearing patent leather shoes, be mindful of surfaces that could scuff them. Extra caution can go a long way in preserving their pristine appearance.