For how long could you have tried protecting your leather shoes from getting wet? They were to come in contact with water one day or another. Leather contracts and stretches as a result of pressure that is subjected to it from its surroundings. Leather as you might know is made from animal skin and has the ability to shrink and stretch when exposed to heat after getting wet.
However, the distressing moment is witnessing cracks on your favorite leather shoes, after being exposed to water. It is so because water causes the leather structure to alter which results in leather not returning to its original state after being wet. Wet baby leather shoes if not dried properly can also result in discoloration and watermarks on the shoe and wearing them in a wet state can cause foot blisters. So how to dry leather shoes before any damage is done.
How To Dry Leather Shoes?
You might be wrong to think it is solely water that damages your shoes. However, the treatment you give your wet shoes afterward determines a lot. It is important to let your leather shoes dry as naturally as possible and avoid any artificial methods to speed up the process. To dry your wet leather shoes without damaging them. Consider the following steps:
- To begin with, it is really important to rinse off any dust or dirt particles with Luke warm water before you try to dry your shoes, because later as the shoes dry it will be almost impossible to get rid of the dirt. The dust particles might even result in stains or even discoloration of your shoes. Therefore, use a cloth or brush to wipe off any kind of dust. Remove the laces and insoles (if removable) and dry them separately. Lay the shoes flat to dry, doing so will help you to dry your leather shoes faster.
- Stuff your shoe with paper towels or newspaper, this will prevent your shoe from altering its shape and will absorb moisture, speeding up the drying process.
- Allow the shoes to dry naturally for 24-48 hours. Don’t put your leather shoes under direct sunlight or any heat resources to avoid cracks. Let the shoes take their time to dry. It’s better to let your shoes dry longer than you think is necessary.
- Once your shoe dry remove the newspaper or paper towels and replace the laces and soles.
- Afterward, apply leather conditioner and maybe polish your leather shoes to give them a fresh new look.
Easiest Way to Quickly Dry Your Leather Shoes
- Cleaning the shoe to get rid of any dust or dirt particles
- Stuffing and covering the shoe with newspaper will speed up the process.
- The newspaper will not only absorb moisture but also help the shoe to retain its original shape. Avoid using newspapers with photographs or heavy prints for it can cause discoloration of your shoe, if it can’t be helped place a paper towel between the shoe and the newspaper
- After stuffing newspaper inside, with the help of rubber bands cover the exterior of the shoe.
- Replace the old newspapers with new ones after an hour or two.
Afterward, clean your shoe again and consider applying leather conditioner or polish for a renewed look.
Removing Water Stains From Leather Shoes
It is understandable for you to worry about water stains appearing on your brand new shoes despite every effort to avoid them. However, there are ways to remove water stains from your leather shoes. One of the most common ways to do so is:
- Clean the shoe to wipe off any visible dirt particles.
- Remove the laces.
- Make a solution of warm water and soap. Soak a soft cloth in the solution.
- Wipe out the interior and exterior of the shoe with the soapy cloth.
- Afterward, take another clean cloth to wipe off any remaining soap on the shoe.
- Lastly, apply a leather conditioner and let your shoes dry.
It is always better to apply a leather conditioner to your shoes. A leather conditioner will not only prevent your shoes from getting stained but also add shine to your shoes giving them a brand new look.
Leather Shoes And Water Damage
Avoiding water is almost inevitable. Your shoes are to come in contact with rain or puddles one day or another. There is a misconception that water alone damages the leather. Water does make leather stiff and brittle however the treatment you decide to give your shoes after they come in contact with water is more important.
The water damage to your shoes can be dealt with easily if you do the following, the sooner the better:
- Wipe the shoes clean
- Let the shoes dry naturally
- Apply leather conditioner
Applying a leather conditioner will help to repel water and serve as a water-repelling agent, making it the best remedy to save your leather shoes from rain.
Cowboy Leather Boots
One of the most stylish boots and adored boots are the cowboy leather boots made from either alligator or snakeskin. These boots are expensive compared to the other leather boots and you don’t want them to wear out quickly. So even the slightest exposure to water will make you worried. To dry leather cowboy boots consider the following:
- Allow your boots to dry either under direct sun or in a ventilated room. Dry the sole separately to avoid any odor.
- Use newspaper or rice. Both are good absorbents of water.
- You can also use a table fan to dry your boots.
All you have to be careful of is letting the shoes dry properly before your next use.
Leather shoes can be really expensive and you don’t want them to lose their freshness and charm especially if you just bought them. Water exposure to shoes is almost inevitable. Sooner or later you will find yourself worrying looking for methods to dry your leather shoes.
The cracks, discoloration, and watermarks on your favorite or new leather shoes can be one of your biggest nightmares. However, the key solution is to let your shoes dry properly and always use a leather conditioner. Artificial methods to quickly dry your leather shoes can cost you a fortune. It’s always better to patiently wait till your shows are dry enough to be worn again. A little care and smart work can save you from a lot of hassle whilst dealing with leather.