How to Clean Shoes

Polish, Clean & Protect Your Shoes In a Proper Way

How can I clean my shoes at home?

Ghazal products are handcrafted using the highest quality materials. Our intention is not only to create beautiful pieces that will transcend time through timeless style, but durability with the correct care. This guide is a reference for how to clean shoes at home.

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Storage: We recommend storing your Ghazal shoes in their satin care bags placed inside a shoebox, away from direct sunlight and heat. Shoes with crystal rhinestones and/or metal hardware should be kept in such a way that the accessories are not leaning on any outer fabric of the shoes which could create indentation.

 

Shape: Over time, your shoes will naturally begin to mould to the shape of your foot however, to maintain the shape and longevity of your shoes we recommend stuffing your Ghazal shoes with either white tissue paper or using a shoe tree.

The shoe-making process

Heels: Through extensive wear the heel tips of your Ghazal pumps, mid-heels, mules and platforms shoes may begin to deteriorate. We recommend changing heel tips as they start to wear, ahead of when the inner heel begins to show. This not only protects the heel, but also ensures your stability when wearing your heels and will help retain the shape of the shoe. Heel tips can be changed quickly and with ease via a reputable cobbler.

 

Soles: The soles of your Ghazal shoes are made from a smooth, delicate leather that will be subject to marking from the first wear. This is not a manufacturing fault, it’s normal wear and tear of a leather sole shoe. We recommend avoiding walking on wet surfaces, as this could alter the structure of the soles and may even lead to staining of the upper.

For our chunky sole boots we advise to remove any surface dirt by simply wiping with a clean, damp cloth. We strongly do not recommend replacing the Ghazal original soles as this may alter the entire structure of the shoes.

The shoe-making process

Embellishments: Rhinestone crystals and metal detailing on Ghazal shoes are delicately placed by hand. Therefore, it’s important to ensure any hardware embellishments are kept out of contact of the upper fabrication as this may cause the material to indent, scratch, or tear.

Ensure the shoes are stored in their care bags in such a way that the crystals do not come into contact with any part of the fabric.

We recommend avoiding contact with any liquids such as water, alcohol, oils, and solvents. Should any hardware embellishments encounter any liquid, pat dry with a cloth immediately.

Lining:  To preserve the lining of your Ghazal shoes, gently remove any surface dirt with a clean damp cloth.

How do you deep clean dirty shoes? In the case your ghazal shoes become soiled, we recommend taking them to a reputable cobbler to have them professionally cleaned.

The process of cleaning shoes

For more assistance please contact us directly at info@ghazalparis.com and we will be very happy to advise you.

How to clean leather shoes

As with all animal skins, Nappa leather will naturally wrinkle and soften with age. You can gently remove surface dirt using a clean, dry, soft cloth.

How to polish shoes: We recommend using a neutral leather conditioner to maintain the softness of the leather however, we strongly encourage you to spot test the product before applying all over the leather. Ensure shoes are thoroughly dry before wear.

Metallic leather: This particularly delicate form of leather uses a laminated finish to provide a smooth and glossy surface which makes it particularly sensitive to marking, so we recommend avoiding contact with any abrasive objects and surfaces. To clean, gently remove surface dirt with a clean, dry, soft cloth. Do not apply any leather care products on metallic leather.

How to clean suede shoes

Gently remove surface dirt and unify the pile of the fabric with a soft suede brush. To maintain the richness of colour, always store Ghazal shoes in their care bags away from any direct light or heat.

As an extra measure, we encourage using a waterproofing spray to help protect the suede from any light water contact. Remember to always spot test products first to ensure colourfastness.

The process of cleaning shoes

How to clean patent leather shoes

Patent leather is achieved through a varnish coating providing a durable outer layer for your shoes and the smooth, glossy appearance. To maintain the gloss of patent leather, use a soft cloth to gently remove any surface dirt. Due to the sensitivity to colour transfer, ensure you store Ghazal patent leather shoes in their care bags away from any other leather materials, direct light and heat.

Glitter leather: Glitter covered fabrics or leather may have a sparkly yet coarse surface, therefore we advise to avoid contact with abrasive objects or surfaces as abrasion may lead to a loss of glitter. Do not apply any leather care products to glitter covered shoes. You can gently remove surface dirt with a clean, dry, soft cloth. If the shoes become wet leave them to dry naturally away from heat and sunlight.

The process of cleaning shoes

How to clean satin fabric shoes

Our luxurious satin is sourced for the highest quality, and durability however, being a naturally delicate fabric, we highly recommend avoiding contact with sharp or abrasive objects and surfaces that may cause the satin to snag or tear.

Satin shoes with crystal embellishments should be stored in their care bags in such a way that the crystals do not come into contact with any part of the satin fabric. Contact with liquids are likely to cause the satin to stain, therefore it is important to keep your shoes away from rain, alcohol, oil and any other liquids.

How do you clean Ghazal flats shoes made of fabric? You can gently remove surface dirt by using a clean, dry, soft cloth although, a waterproofing spray may help protect the satin from light water contact. Reminder: Always spot test products before applying to your Ghazal shoes to ensure colourfastness.

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