You might’ve had concerns about spraying on waterproof products on your shoes. The questions “Is the color of my shoes going to change?” or “Is it actually going to work?” probably have crossed your mind. Well, we’re here to tell you that you should no longer have these fears and doubts.
A lot of shoes are made from materials that are absorbent and penetrable, like leather for example. These kinds of material have tiny holes that cannot be seen by our naked eye that can absorb heaps of moisture. And moisture can contribute to the decrease in lastingness of your shoes. When this kind of material has taken in water, it is hard for the material to get rid of it. With temperature and sunlight, a lot of problems are going to unravel. Changes with the sunlight and temperature will make the water in your shoes expand and contract and this will lead to cracks in the stress lines. We don’t want that now do we?
First off, you should look at your shoes and determine what type material you’re working with. Is it leather? Suede? Know your shoes! Check the box that your shoes come with or look it up on the internet and see if there are any specific cleaning instructions that you need to consider. Then select a waterproofing compound that suits the material of shoes.
Before you start to use waterproof spray for shoes, you must try putting on a small amount of the product on an area of your shoes that is hard to see in case the waterproofing compound does not work well with your material. You can try the inside of your shoes. If ever there are any changes in color, texture or any damage -ditch that product. Research further on what your shoes needs.
If things go okay, you can start waterproofing your shoes. Some products that are wax based have a brush that goes with it, while other waterproofing products are rub-on. If you are using a brush, choose a soft one so that you would not scratch any surface of your shoes. Brushing would require you to apply more than one coat of the product on your shoes. Start off with slow circular motions and apply a little amount of pressure so that your brush would be able to penetrate through the cracks of your shoes. If a rub-on product is what you have, you should use a soft and smooth cloth. When you read the instructions for this, it is pretty much the same with the brush -rub it in slow circular motions to apply more than one layer of the waterproofing product on your shoes.
Aside from rubbing on or brushing products to waterproof your shoes, you can also use a spray. In using waterproofing spray on your shoes, find a ventilated area. Lay down some newspaper or anything that would make sure that you don’t stain the surface where you are going to spray. Still, go for more than one coat of the product but make sure that you are not being too generous that you are soaking your them! Let your shoes dry off between coats, and afterward let them cure for 24 hours.
Just remember to pay a little bit more attention to all cracks, seams and any other imperfections on your shoes. Slather an extra amount of product on these parts so that it can sink in and rub, brush or spray away. Repeat any of the processes when necessary on these areas. The whole process of waterproofing your shoes will not take you the entire day and will not cost you a lot of money. Increasing your shoes’ life and getting them waterproofed at an affordable price is a steal!
Bhoomi Kapadiya is content writer and likes to write on automotive, hydrophobic coating technology, education and travel. She also likes to read blog, traveling and sports.