If you’d spilled a coloured beverage or got polish of the wrong colour onto your leather shoes, a leather cleaner will help fix to varying extents, depending on how aggressive it is.
The Saphir Reno’mat is an aggressive leather cleaner that practically restores your shoes to their original state. Unlike rubbing alcohol, the Saphir Reno’mat’s special formula does not affect the shoe’s original finish while dissolving dirt, silicones, resins, and polish on the leather and within its pores. As you pile on more and more polish with each polishing session, the leather gets more and more sealed away from the conditioning products you use, resulting in less efficient penetration of the conditioning oils. Dirt and impurities also get trapped under layers of polish, which can make your shoe look dull no matter how much more polish you add to shine it. In addition to stain removal, we usually recommend that you remove all applied polish (and the impurities trapped within) twice to thrice a year so that any conditioning products applied can penetrate the leather again.
How to use the Saphir Reno’mat
- Remove your shoelaces and clean your shoe with a horsehair brush.
- Shake the Saphir Reno’mat bottle vigorously until it is a uniform white colour throughout.
- Open the cap by pressing it down into the bottle, then turning it counter-clockwise. The suspension may smell pungent.
- Get a bit of the suspension onto a dry cotton pad or cotton ball and apply it onto a small area of the shoe in firm, circular strokes. You’ll notice that polish starts coming off onto the cotton pad almost immediately!
- Have a dry cotton rag ready. Use this to wipe off the dissolved polish on the shoe periodically before continuing with more Saphir Reno’mat.
- Work the area until new Saphir Reno’mat you add remains white, and no more pigment comes off in your dry rag. This means that you’ve cleaned off all the buildup on that area and you can move on to the next!
- After restoring the entire shoe to its original finish, leave the shoe to sit for about 15 minutes before cleaning off residual Reno’mat with a clean, damp cotton cloth.
- Remember to give the leather a very generous conditioning with Saphir Renovateur as the cleaning agents like the Saphir Reno’mat dissolve the natural oils in leather and are extremely drying!
FAQs about the Saphir Reno’mat
What kind of stains does the Saphir Reno’mat work on?
All dirt- or product-induced stains (with the exception of dyes) should be removable with Saphir Reno’mat, which is the most aggressive leather cleaner out there. Unfortunately, Saphir Reno’mat is unable to reverse mistakes with leather dyes as these are meant to be permanent!
Saphir Reno’mat also removes invisible but harmful products on your shoes, such as silicones from low-quality waterproofing sprays.
Will Saphir Reno’mat damage my shoes?
Saphir Reno’mat is specially designed for easy use on shoes by the casual shoe owner. As such, it will not affect the shoe’s original finish, unless low-quality dye or processes were used to finish the leather. A good way to test this is to add a little Saphir Reno’mat on a less visible area of the shoe leather to see if the finish comes off.
The dissolving power of the Saphir Reno’mat also dissolves the natural oils in leather, so you should always follow it up with a good round of conditioning.
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