Leather and suede care

A pair of shoes can last much longer if you look after them correctly. Here are some suggestions from us at bisgaard on how to take care of your leather and suede goods.

Protective permeation

New shoes should always be permeated with a sealant before putting them to use. Permeation has a water-repellent effect and helps ward off dirt, protecting the exterior of the footwear. It is important to seal your leather and suede footwear regularly to maintain the protective coating. Always clean your footwear with a damp cloth prior to permeation to avoid the sealant not sticking. We recommend permeating leather and suede footwear with 3 thin coats instead of a single thick coat.

Caring for leather

To make sure your leather shoes are kept in great condition, remove any dirt using a damp cloth. Once you are sure they are free of dirt and grime, coat them with beeswax spray. It is easy to apply in the right amounts and keeps leather looking supple. If your leather footwear is worn often, it is important that you give them time to fully dry out. However, you should never place leather shoes by a radiator or in a heating cupboard, as it dries out the leather and can cause cracking.

You can also regularly use shoe polish with a cotton cloth. Choose between a color-free polish or one with a matching color to keep the footwear looking new. 

Caring for suede 

Suede shoes can slightly lose their color over time, but fortunately there's an easy fix for this. Just as with leather footwear, the important first step is to remove any dirt and grime from your suede shoes using a damp cloth. Next, you can apply either a neutral or colored liquid shoe polish. We also recommend the use of a suede brush to brush the little hairs on the suede back into an upright position again and to remove any stains or dents. With the right care routine, you can keep suede footwear looking great and significantly extend its life.


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