White patent leather gets dirty easily and very quickly, so you need to try to prevent the appearance of spots, scuffs and other signs of wear. Keeping white patent leather clean and in good condition is difficult, but if you do it right, it will be much easier for you to do it.
Method 1 of 3: Cleaning White Patent Shoes
Step 1. Remove dirt from the surface of the white patent leather shoes
Use a soft bristled brush to brush away dirt and debris in small circular motions. You can use a soft toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas.
Step 2. Wet a soft cloth
Dampen a soft cloth with soapy water to wipe the outside of the patent leather shoes.
Step 3. Polish your shoes with a soft polishing cloth
To completely dry your shoes, leave them to dry for 24 hours at room temperature.
Step 4. Apply a thin layer of shaving cream to patent leather
Once the cream is dry, wipe off the excess with a cloth.
Step 5. Apply a special conditioner
The conditioner will protect your leather from water, sun, cracking, and help your shoes stay looking their best for longer.
- You can also use a small amount of mineral oil to create a glossy shine. Petroleum jelly is also widely used for this purpose.
- Leather conditioners are ideal for the care of patent leather shoes.
Step 6. Store your patent leather shoes properly
After cleaning and moistening, store your shoes in a dry place, protected from dust and sunlight.
- Store patent leather shoes with a filling to keep them in their original shape.
- Patent leather items of clothing and shoes should be stored in a special bag.
Method 2 of 3: Cleaning White Lacquered Furniture
Step 1. Vacuum the entire surface of the piece of furniture
Dirt and dust can accumulate in the nooks and crannies of sofas and cushions. Use a special extension nozzle that better penetrates hard-to-reach places.
Step 2. Use homemade furniture cleaning products
Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water in a small bucket. It's important to use white vinegar as other types of vinegar can stain your skin. Always try a product on a small area first to make sure it won't harm the product.
- Dampen a cotton cloth with a mixture of vinegar and water, and then wring it out firmly to remove any remaining water. You need to moisturize your skin, but don't wet it too much.
- If you don't want to use vinegar, replace it with a mild moisturizing soap. Soak a cloth in warm water, wring it out well, and wipe down the piece of furniture.
- Use a magic eraser or similar to clean large surfaces such as cushions and armrests. Wipe the furniture with a cloth dampened in clean water with a very soft and smooth motion.
- Clean hard-to-reach areas with a toothbrush.
Step 3. Dry the lacquered piece of furniture
A hair dryer may seem like a quick and convenient option, but it can dehydrate your skin, which can have a negative effect on your furniture over time. Instead, dry the furniture with a dry towel.
Step 4. Moisturize your skin to keep it soft at all times
Use a good nourishing lanolin conditioner instead of natural oils.
- To make your own conditioner, mix equal amounts of flaxseed oil and white vinegar, then rub in with gentle circular motions.
- Leave the mixture overnight. In the morning, wipe the furniture with a piece of cloth to remove excess oil and give it a shine.
Method 3 of 3: Removing Stains from a White Patent Bag
Step 1. Remove dirt and other stains with rubbing alcohol
Soak a cotton swab or cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and wipe the stain, then watch to see if it goes away. To effectively remove the stain, use a pre-moistened cotton swab to remove makeup.
Step 2. Use hairspray to remove dye stains from your patent bag
Spray hairspray on the stain, leave it on for a few minutes, then wipe it off.
- After applying hairspray to the stain, dampen a cloth with lukewarm water and rub in a circular motion.
- Repeat the procedure if necessary, but do not rub too hard, or you may damage your skin. This method is suitable even for old stains.
Step 3. For stubborn stains, apply white vinegar
First, dilute vinegar with water in a ratio of 1 to 10 (1 cup of vinegar to 10 cups of water) and gradually increase its content in the solution until you get the desired effect.
- You can use rubbing alcohol instead of vinegar if you are worried about a possible residual odor, but in this case the effect may be different.
- Always make a weak solution first and slowly increase the concentration, while carefully watching for the slightest sign of damage.
Step 4. Use a magic eraser or something similar as a stain remover
An eraser and some water can effectively remove the stain. Be sure to take care of varnish bags and clothes, as sometimes after rubbing with a sponge, the varnish can lose its original appearance.
- Moisturize your skin thoroughly before the procedure, especially if using vinegar.
- If you are using home remedies, make sure to use white ingredients (white toothpaste, white vinegar, white shaving cream, etc.). This will prevent staining of white patent leather.
- The remnants of the prepared mixture of 1 glass of vinegar and 10 glasses of water can be used when cleaning the house, because it is much safer than household chemical cleaners.
- There are products specifically designed for the care of patent leather. They are more suitable for this purpose, as they contain components that protect, polish, and also cleanse the skin.
- Patience is key when removing blemishes or marks from skin. Proceed carefully and take your time to achieve superior results.
- Do not use colored vinegar, hairspray, or alcoholic beverages, as their ingredients can easily stain your skin. Use only pure alcohol (known as medical alcohol) diluted to the consistency of vodka.
- Do not use conditioners or creams for colored leather on white shoes, as these will leave stains that you cannot remove. Use only products that are designed for white patent leather.
- Do not use colored fabrics or clothing that may fade even if washed, as the fabric may still fade when combined with vinegar, alcohol or varnish.
- Gently rub the stain with a soft cloth to avoid scratching or softening the varnish. Do not hurry.