Today I’m finishing last week’s cleaning of a pair of Gaziano & Girling loafers in fox suede — join me by posting photographs here today of you shining/polishing your shoes (before and after shots, please)!

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

These loafers were, among other things, shampooed for last week’s Shoe Shine Sunday with Saphir Omni’Nettoyant suede cleaner, and just need a little finishing.

The “damage”

Today’s set up includes:
Saphir Renovateur
Tarrago Nano Protector Water Proofing Spray
Leather Shoeshine Carpet
Horn-Backed Suede Cleaning Brush

After shampooing last week, stains and dirt were removed from the suede, leaving them uniform in color, albeit with a few “hairs” as a result of all of the brushing during the cleaning process. To finish them up, I brushed them a bit more with the Horn-Backed Suede Cleaning Brush to raise the nap and then…broke out my lighter to remove the “hairs” standing up from the suede. To remove those, I just set the flame close to the hairs but not touching the suede — the heat from the flame burned just the “hair” off quickly without damaging the suede itself.

After another quick brushing with Horn-Backed Suede Cleaning Brush, I took the loafers outside to apply the Tarrago Nano Protector Water Proofing Spray. I sprayed each shoe liberally to the point that they darkened uniformly without looking “wet” and then I let them dry for an hour — again, outside (think about what this spray does — you don’t want to breathe it).

Once dry, I lightly applied some Saphir Renovateur to the crocodile tassels to clean off any Tarrago Nano Protector Water Proofing Spray on them.

Cleaning the Croctopi

After lightly buffing the Saphir Renovateur off, the loafers are all set for wear.

So Fresh and So Clean, Clean