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Cleaning stained leather shoes

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Are your shoes stained? Our solutions!
In this article, you'll find a complete guide to removing all types of stains from your leather shoes.
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Everyday stains can appear at any time, especially when you do something as trivial as opening a packet of hot sauce.

Imagine a greasy stain standing proudly on the immaculate leather of your shoes. A scene that might seem like something out of a nightmare.

There are several types of stain. Grease stains are just the tip of the iceberg. There are other incidents lurking around the corner, such as ink stains, dirt, mould, alcohol, glue, resin and so on.

In this article, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of removing these stains from all types of smooth or suede leather. Depending on the type of stain, we'll show you how to clean the leather from your stained shoes.

It's vital not to be seduced by old-fashioned remedies, or you risk making the situation worse.

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Removing a grease stain from your shoes

To remove grease stains, there's a single solution for all types of leather: terre de sommières!

The sooner you take action, the better your chances of getting rid of the stain completely. You mustn't rub or touch the stain, as this can spread or impregnate it.

To remove it, apply a thick layer of terre de sommières to the stain. Leave overnight without touching your shoes. The loam will absorb the grease and prevent the stain from becoming embedded in the leather.

The next day, remove the excess with a brush such as a scraper. Next, you'll need to give your shoes a thorough cleaning. This will leave them as shiny as the 1st day.

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Removing stains from leather

Here we look at how to remove non-greasy stains such as embedded dirt or mould stains. You need to intervene quickly before the problem becomes more deeply embedded in the leather and spreads.

To remove ingrained stains, we recommend Saphir's Réno'mat or Famaco's leather stain remover. This product is applied after Monsieur Chaussure cleansing milk. It is applied with a clean chamois or soft white cloth only to the stain in question.

The fabric must be white to avoid colour transfer when cleaning your shoes.

The products on offer are less aggressive than other stain removers. However, you need to be careful about how your leather reacts. We recommend testing on a discreet area such as the tongue or heel.

Don't leave it on for too long, just a few minutes. You should then continue with the standard maintenance procedure, applying the tinted shoe polish cream and the shoe polish paste.

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Removing an ink stain

An ink stain can happen faster than you think. A pen drops or leaks and the drama is over. Of course, it's less common than other stains, but it does just as much damage to your shoes.

The solution is to include Avel's Hussard biros remover in your shoe care routine. This product is specially designed to remove ink without altering the texture or appearance of the leather.

We advise against repeated use, as it may discolour your shoes. If this is the case, you should use a tinted shoe polish and a camouflage renovation cream. This will harmonise the colour and appearance of your shoes.

See our full article on the subject.

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Removing alcohol and soda stains from leather

They're one of the most common stains to be found in our workshop. Those few discreet, localised stains that appear on your shoes the day after a party.

To remove them, clean your shoes with Monsieur Chaussure cleansing milk to remove all other dirt. For stains, we recommend using a leather stain remover such as Reno-mat by Saphir or Detacheur cuir by Famaco.

These products will remove all alcohol or soda stains from your smooth or grained leather shoes.

They can be powerful, so use sparingly and only remove stains with a clean chamois. Then finish off with a classic shoe care treatment to match the colour of your shoes and protect them.

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Removing a stain from suede or suede leather

There are different methods for removing stains from suede or suede leather shoes. For stains or shiny bristles, a crepe brush is recommended. Be careful, it's quite aggressive, so you need to handle it with care.

In addition to the crepe brush, you can use liquid cleaning products such as Omnidaim by Saphir or vel vel by Famaco. These liquid suede cleaning products are specially designed to remove dirt embedded in suede.

They allow you to shampoo your suede shoes and restore their original appearance. After using the cleaners, continue the care with the renovator and waterproofing.

You've now taken complete care of your suede shoes. They are protected for easy future maintenance.

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Taking care of your shoes

Whatever the stain, there's a solution to remove or hide it. We recommend that you always finish by removing the stain and then give your shoes a thorough cleaning.

Complete care can remove all the other dirt and harmonise the colour of your shoes.

For quick and easy care, don't hesitate to turn to our complete care kits.

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