Leather Polish Alternatives
Leather polish provides nourishment to leather shoes, protects them from water damage, and helps fill in nicks and scratches. It contains oils, waxes and pigment that must be thoroughly mixed before use and can then be buffed to produce a shiny finish.
There are several alternatives to leather polish that work just as well to keep your shoes looking like new.
Cream polishes are the number one choice for nourishing leather shoes and restoring color vibrancy. They have a thick pigment base and a small amount of waxes that help to mask uneven fading, and provide a very slight shine.
They also have the added benefit of concealing minor scratches and scuffs. But they are not as good at preserving the leather’s color vibrancy as a wax polish, and do not offer much protection against water or wear.
Cream shoe polishes should be applied evenly all over the shoe leather (to ensure even color) and allowed to dry. Then they should be buffed with a horsehair shoe polish brush to bring out the color and create a sheen. However, specialty leathers like shell cordovan should not be polished with standard cream polishes because they may loosen the tight fiber structure of the leather.
Many people use wax polishes for their leather shoes because it helps protect the surface of the shoe. It also helps to fill in the small scratches and scuffs that naturally occur in the leather. In addition, a wax polish can also make the shoe more water-resistant.
However, you should keep in mind that some wax polishes are not suitable for all types of leather. You should always check the label of a particular product before using it.
It is best to use a lint-free cloth to apply wax polish. It is important to rub the surface of the shoe in circular motions and allow plenty of time for it to dry. You should also avoid buffing too hard, as this can damage the leather.
Paste waxes are a good choice for wooden furniture, as they give them a warm glow and are durable. They are easy to apply and can be buffed with a soft cloth. They are also great for antique furniture because they provide a natural finish.
If you want a safe and effective shoe polish alternative, try using olive oil. This natural oil can condition and shine leather shoes. It can also protect them from the adverse effects of humidity. It is easy to make and is inexpensive — you can use any kind of oil, including cooking olive oil.
You can also buy nontoxic polishes, such as Red Moose’s cream shoe polish. This colorless polish contains carnauba wax, beeswax and eucalyptus, lavender and orange essential oils to nourish and protect leather.
Another natural option is hibiscus flowers, which can be used to restore shoe color and give them a nice shine. You can also try rubbing your shoes with walnut or vegetable oil for an extra shine. It’s important to note that petroleum jelly is an ineffective substitute for shoe polish, as it will dry out the leather. You should also avoid fingernail polish remover, as it can be too harsh for leather.
Common household items
Shoes get scratched and scuffed with wear, and they need regular polishing to keep them in good shape. Store-bought shoe polish contains carcinogens like nitrobenzene, trichloroethylene and methylene chloride, but natural remedies and common household items make easy alternatives to keep your leather shoes in tip top shape. Vinegar is an excellent cleaner and polisher that helps remove dirt, while baking soda cleans, absorbs odors, and provides a mild abrasive effect on leather materials. Hand sanitizer also cleans well and doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals that are found in nail polish remover, which can discolor or bleach leather.
Olive oil is a great polish alternative that can help restore the shine of your shoes without damaging them. You can use it in a similar way to commercial products, just don’t overdo it! Other alternatives include hibiscus flowers, which can be used to soften and waterproof leather, and non toxic permanent markers. You can even use beeswax to make your own shoe polish.