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Bradley Paul Shoe Care


Proper care and maintenance of leather shoes will help to ensure their longevity in wear. We would recommend that you follow the guidelines below: 

 

Leather Uppers

Uppers require regular treatment with a good-quality wax polish to protect the leather and give a high shine finish. This should help to prolong the life of the uppers and maintain their appearance. The shoes should be dry before application. 

Try to avoid using unsuitable liquid polish applicators on high quality leather uppers as these can potentially damage the surface of the leather and often create a lacquer which is hard to remove.

Suede and Nubuck

Suede and Nubuck uppers can be treated using a ‘Suede Protector’ spray. A rubber suede brush can help to lift any dirt , however, stubborn stains may necessitate treatment with a suede shampoo. Suede can often be revived using steam from the kettle and gently cleaning with a rubber suede brush.

 

Waxed-finished or Waterproof Leather Uppers

These should be treated with dubbin or a ‘waxed leather cream’ to condition, soften and protect the leather. Usually there is no need to use a coloured polish on this type of leather as it is not supposed to have a high shine.

 

Leather Soles

Leather soles will expand when wet. Avoid wet conditions during the first few wears of your new shoes. In the event that your leather soles do become very wet, ensure that they are allowed to dry out slowly and naturally, away from direct heat.

Leather Shoes

Leather shoes can often take a day to dry out fully whether from rain or natural perspiration. Where possible allow a day between wears and alternate with other shoes. Using wooden shoe trees in your shoes will help to absorb moisture and maintain the shape of the shoe as they dry out. 

A shoe horn can help to prevent damage to the heels, counter and top line. 

 

Garment Care

Please check back soon for information on caring for your garments.

 

Before Washing:

- Sort garments according to quality, recommended wash and programme colour.

- Empty all pockets, close zippers, fasten buttons and remove tie-strings/belts or tie/buckle them.

- Turn all garments inside out (particularly important with jeans and the like to avoid faded wear stripes)

-Put the garment in a washing bag if necessary

 

Washing Bag:

- Washing bags prevents garments getting tangled or caught in the washing machine drum. They also protect trimmings, stitching and the surface or the fabric, as well as preventing pulled stitches on loosely knitted/woven garments.

- Please pay particular attention to whether use of a washing bag is relevant when washing instructions recommend a delicate wash.

 

Detergents:

-Always use a detergent specifically intended for the type of fabric concerned. Wash cotton with ordinary detergent. Garments containing wool must be washed using a wool detergent. Wash silk, leather, linen, ramie and viscose with detergent without enzymes specifically intended for delicate washes.

- The amount detergent to use depends on the hardness of the water. Check the hardness of the water in your area and follow the instructions on the detergent packet.

- In addition to actually softening garments, softeners also prevent static electricity in synthetics.

 

Machine washing:

- Always select the recommended washing programme.

- It is important to correctly fill the drum of the washing machine relative to the recommended washing programme.

 

Hand washing:

- Thoroughly dissolve the detergent in the water before adding the laundry.

- Avoid soaking.

- Squeeze the garments in the water but avoid rubbing or wringing.

- Rinse the garments thoroughly.

- Select gentle spin-drying in the machine or squeeze out the moisture by rolling the garment in a towel. Never wring the garment!

 

Air drying:

- Smooth out the seams and shake the garment before it is dried.

- Never wring the garment ( especially not viscose)

- Coarse knit and other heavy garments should be shaped and then dried flat, unless the instructions say otherwise.

- It can be a good idea to hang up woven garments which do not tolerate high-temperature ironing while they are still wet and drip-dry them.

-Never dry a garment in direct sunlight (especially not silk)

 

Tumble drying:

- Check whether the garment can tolerate tumble drying.

- Thick knitted cotton keeps its shape best and stays soft when tumble dried.

- Allow for further shrinkage of the article.

- Partially compensates for the effect of the softener on cotton.

- If we do not recommend tumble drying, this is either because the quality concerned does not tolerate it, or because it shrinks disproportionately in our experience.

- Be aware that tumble drying exposes garments to wear.

 

Ironing/steaming:

- Please pay special attention to the fact that details such as pearls, spangles, and ribbons may not tolerate ironing/steaming.

- Wool can be steamed into shape bother after washing and use.

- Steam velour, velvet and suede to life the the pile, but make sure not to touch the fabric with the iron.

 

Dry-cleaning:

- Dry-cleaning may be necessary in certain circumstances. This may be because the garment contains materials or has details which do not tolerate washing, or that the fabrics used shrink differently.

- We also recommend dry-cleaning garments which have to be ironed into shape by a specialist.

- Wet cleanin, just like ordinary dry cleaning, is done by specialists. This controlled wash uses specials soap. Wet cleaning is chemical-free and extremely gentle on garments. Dry-cleaning may be necessary in certain circumstances. This may be because the garment contains materials or has details which do not tolerate washing, or that the fabrics used shrink differently.

 

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