Guide to shoe and leather cleaning products - which product for which shoe, and when

Saphir is a world leader in quality shoe care, and has developed a variety of products for washing and cleaning with different properties. To make it extra clear what the differences are between the various products, and what they should be used for, we have put together this easy-to-understand guide. For more information about each product and more detailed information on how to use them, click on the Go to product links. It's important that after using one of the cleaners, other products should always be used for care, recolouring and protection (the only exception is the Renovateur suede spray where this is not necessary). Further down the page you will also find some examples of different types of shoes and situations where we give examples of what product(s) to choose.


Cleaning products for regular smooth leather and embossed grain leather

Listed from the mildest product up to the most effective


SAPHIR MEDAILLE D'OR CREME RENOVATEUR

About the product: A gentle cleaner that dissolves simpler dirt while nourishing, and also provides some protection and shine. Used when you feel that the shoe needs to be moisturized and/or need a quick cleaning, a few times a year as a rule.
For these materials: Regular smooth leather and embossed grain leather.
How to use: Apply with a polishing cloth, then brush off with shoe brush.
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SAPHIR MEDAILLE D'OR LEATHER CLEANSER

About the product: A brand new Saphir cleaning product, which is a bit like an Omninettoyant (see below) but for regular leather. An effective yet gentle cleaning, which is very easy to use. Dissolves dirt but not so much shoe polish, and opens the pores to make them susceptible to new caring substances. Use when the shoe gets dirty and needs a quick cleaning, can be several times a month or just every now and then depending on how the shoes are used.
For these materials: Reguar smooth leather, embossed grain leather and cordovan.
How to use: Apply to a polishing cloth that you rub your shoe with, then allow to dry.
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SAPHIR LEATHER SOAP

About the product: A traditional leather soap, which is mainly used for milder deep cleaning where you work up a lather and rinse the whole shoe in water. Used once a year when the shoe needs a more proper wash from dirt, or more often if the shoes are exposed to a lot of dirt, choose between this and gall soap.
For these materials: Works on all materials, both smooth leather, suede, nubuck and even textiles (although it's mainly intended for leather materials).
How to use: With a brush, a lather is worked up, which is then rinsed off with water.
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GALL SOAP

About the product: Natural cleaning product that works great for leather cleaning. For deep cleaning. Mainly removes grease and dirt, to some extent shoe polish. Use once a year when the shoe needs a more proper wash from dirt, or more often if the shoes are exposed to a lot of dirt, choose between this and Saphir leather soap.
For these materials: Smooth leather, suede, nubuck and textile.
How to use: Use the soft side of a damp sponge to work up a latter, rinse afterwards.
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SAPHIR RENOMAT


About the product: A more efficient cleaning that partly removes dirt, but above all dissolves old shoe cream and wax polish. Used to "strip" the shoes clean before starting to build new layers of cream and wax, usually once a year. Dries out the leather a bit.
For these materials: Regular smooth leather and embossed grain leather.
How to use: Use a cloth and rub with hard pressure, the more rounds the more cream and wax will dissolve.
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SAPHIR DECAPANT

About the product: Even more powerful cleaning that is used to strip shoes completely clean from shoe cream, wax and even leather dye, especially before painting with new dye. Dries out the leather a lot.
For these materials: Regular smooth leather.
How to use: With a cloth, the product is rubbed over the shoe several times until all remnants of cream, wax and leather dye (if on the surface) are gone.
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Products to clean suede, nubuck and textile

Listed from the mildest product up to the most effective


SAPHIR MEDAILLE D'OR RENOVATEUR SPRAY


About the product: A suede spray that dissolves light dirt while containing nourishing substances, recolours and acts as a protective impregnation. Used maybe every other month, more often during, for example, winter or when the shoes are exposed to more weather and wind.
For these materials: Suede and nubuck.
How to use: Spray all over the shoe, which is done outdoors, after 10-15 minutes they are gently brushed up with suede brush or shoe brush.
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SAPHIR MEDAILLE D'OR OMNINETTOYANT

About the product: An effective, yet gentle cleaning for mainly suede, nubuck and textiles. Can be used for faster, skin-deep cleaning, as well as deep cleaning under running water. Quick cleaning is done several times a year, a more thorough deep cleaning maybe a couple of times a year.
For these materials: Suede, nubuck and textile.
How to use: Can be used both for simpler cleaning where you work up a latter with a moist brush, or for deep cleaning under running water.
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Cleaning products for sneakers

SHOE SHAME WIPE AND WALK CLEANING WIPES



About the product: Cleaning wipes for quick and easy making your sneakers look better. Removes simpler stains, dust and more. To carry with you in your bag or lying at home for regular use when the sneakers need to be tidy.
For these materials: Regular smooth leather, embossed grain leather and textiles.
How to use: Wipe stains or the entire shoes with the wipe, which is then discarded.
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SHOE SHAME LOOSE THE DIRT CLEANING GEL

About the product: A cleaning gel specially adapted for sneakers, which is gentle but still relatively effective at dissolving stains. Used a few times a year, or more often if the shoes get very dirty.
For these materials: Regular smooth leather, embossed grain leather, suede, nubuck and textile.
How to use: Apply the gel to a moist brush, then scrub the shoes, finish by wiping with a cloth. Then allow the shoes to dry.
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Cleaning products for specific purposes


SAPHIR SNOW AND SALT STAIN REMOVER

About the product: Specially designed to dissolve salt stains, which can cause serious damage to leather if not removed. Use as soon as you get salt stains on the shoes.
For these materials: Regular smooth leather, embossed grain leather, suede and nubuck.
How to use: Use a cloth or a suede brush and rub the salt stain with the product to dissolve.
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Examples of different types of shoes and situations and which products to choose

Black leather shoes in regular smooth leather that have received some marks, have some dirt stains and start to look a bit greyish.
Wash with Saphir Medaille d'Or Leather Cleanser, then nourish and protect with the Saphir Medaille d'Or Crème Pommadier shoe cream in black and if you want extra shine also Saphir Pate de Lux wax polish.

Women's boots in dark brown suede that have received a salt stain, and which also have some ingrown dirt.
Remove the salt with Saphir Snow and salt stain remover, then wash the whole shoe with Saphir Medaille d'Or Omninettoyant, and spray with dark brown Saphir Renovateur spray. If you want extra protection, you end with Saphir Super Invulner.

Chelsea boots in brown leather that have been worn the entire autumn and become really dirty, with a lot of dirt and heavy marks.
Wash your shoes properly with Saphir leather soap or gall soap, then nourish the shoes carefully with the Saphir Medaille d'Or Crème Pommadier shoe cream and if you want extra gloss also the Saphir Pate de Lux wax polish.

White sneakers that have dirty, slightly yellowed sole edges and some spots on the upper part.
Clean the shoes with Shoe Shame Loose the Dirt so they are clean and nice, then use the Shoe Shame Remember White Colouring Cover to get the sole edge white again, and preferably also with the shoe cream Saphir Medaille d'Or Crème Pommadier in white if they are in leather.

Light brown brogues in leather that have a lot of cream and waxes built up during several years, where these lauers also have started to crack.
Strip off all old cream and wax with Saphir Renomat, then nourish the shoes carefully with the Saphir Medaille d'Or Crème Pommadier shoe cream and if you want extra shine also the Saphir Pate de Lux wax polish.