Shoe Cleaning | The proper way

Everything you have in life needs to be properly maintained and care for, why would your shoes be any different? When you made that purchase you did so because you loved how they looked or felt on your feet. There is a problem though, when after some time, shoes just don’t look or feel the same anymore. This is because footwear needs regular maintenance to refresh and keep them looking new. With specific tools and solutions in your arsenal you will be able to perform the right job – the proper shoes cleaning job!
Everyone should have a shoe care kit or a shoe maintenance set so that they can properly care for their leather footwear, in this kit you will need the items that are specifically geared to what you own as well as some items that are of a broader category.

Shoe Care set - La Cordonnerie Anglaise
Shoe Care kit for proper cleaning and conditioning footwear.

Such category, you will find that any kit or set must have a brush that can be for cleaning, polish applicator or polisher. A leather shoe brush is used for many things and is an essential tool. For instance, the SHOE EDGE CLEANING BRUSH BY FAMANCO is a narrow brush that aids in reaching into the seams and creases to remove dirt and debris without harming the leather. There is the impressive polisher as SUPREME POLISHING BRUSH which is sturdy brush, made from natural horse hair that are used for bringing that perfect shine to shoes and boots to make them look new again.
If you have purchased suede or nubuck, you will require a precise cleaner made especially for that variety of leather. This type of leather requires detailed attention; after all it would be a shame to put the time and money into acquiring that perfect pair of shoes just to have them not looks fabulous in a few months. An invaluable product is SAPHIR OMNIDAIM; best on market from all aspects, this liquid is applied and allow sitting for several hours, it will restore that gorgeous material and have it looking bright and clean. This suede and nubuck leather cleaner is also perfect for removing resin that is left behind by inferior shoe cleaning products.
With winter fast approaching, there is that problem that comes with it – snow and ice plus the destructive salt. Salt is absolutely not a friend of leather and sometimes it is just not realistic to have your footwear never be exposed to the environment so its imperative to have such cleaner as well as SAPHIR DESALTER. The name says it all; this product is like liquid gold for your suede leather. It removes those unsightly salt stains that are left behind on your exquisite footwear and leaves it looking untouched by this seasonal nuisance.
These are just a few items that I feel play a vital role in caring for your refined leather goods. A shoe care kit is of the utmost importance and you should equip it with the products that are designed for the footwear you own.

Polishing cloths – a must have shoe care accessories

How many times have you wanted to give your leather shoes a quick shine before heading out of the house or you have just come in from a windy day, and your shoes are very dusty and dirty??
These are the times when polishing cloths are useful. They can go by many names such as polishing cloth, shining cloth, a chamois or even as simple as cleaning shoe cloth. No matter the name, they all have the same thing in common and, are an essential item used in the care of leather.

On our store, you can find a selection of several good polishing cloths made from 100% cotton with generously large sizes and excellent stitching jobs.

Choosing the correct Saphir product – When To Use Reno’Mat And When To Use Renovateur ??

We have been discussing a number of the products made by the French company Saphir over the past few blog posts. One question that you may be asking is how to make the decision between using Saphir Reno’Mat or Saphir Renovateur.
The answer is that each of these products has its place in your short care regimen. You may even use both of these products from time to time on the same shoes or boots depending on their condition or special issues that present.
Use Renovateur For Routine Maintenance


Saphir Renovateur is a cleaner-conditioner making it gentle enough to use frequently on your precious leathers. Use the jar or the tube , whichever you feel is most convenient. The formula dissolves dirt and grime allowing them to be cleared away. Nourishing ingredients in Renovateur penetrate into the leather to soften, moisturize and condition it. If desired you can use a pigmented wax or cream after Renovateur as well. An application of a protector or neutral gloss is also appropriate.
An application of Renovateur also can be an all-in-one experience, permitting you to clean and polish to your desired shine without using other polish or waxes. This can make mid-week touch ups easy to do, keeping your footwear looking great with a minimal effort when your time may run short.
Use Reno’Mat For Buildup Removal And Deep Cleaning


Saphir Remo’Mat is a different type of product. Designed to deeply clean leather this product removes dirt and grime like Renovateur but goes even further, dissolving polishes and waxes. Correctly applied, Reno’Mat will reduce buildup and residue on leather down to the factory finish.
Because Reno’Mat is so powerful it is recommended that a spot test be done before use. It is also suggested strongly that once Reno’Mat has done its work an application of Renovateur be completed on the leather. This is because Remo’Mat is not intended as a conditioner and may dry the leather as it strips off layers dirt, polish and wax. Leather that receive heavy outdoor use may profit from an application of Saphir Dubbin after a treatment with Reno.Mat.
Stock Both And Be Ready For Anything
The message is received. A well stocked shoe care kit will contain both Reno’Mat and Renovateur. Use each for its intended purpose and these effective and high quality French products will care for smooth leathers effectively, adding years of enjoyment to your ownership of leathers cared for with Saphir.

Saphir Renovateur – all what you need to know about it !!

Saphir Renovateur
One product every leather care collection needs is Saphir Renovateur (Renovator), the amazing French all-in-one formulation. This colorless cream is equally effective as a cleaner and a conditioner. Even more impressive, the one step cleaning and conditioning is followed by an impressive shine created without additional products.
Cleanser
Dissolving excess pigments and lifting away soil and grime, Saphir Renovateur may be the only leather cleaner you need. The soft cream is easy to apply and gets wot work immediately, a perfect one step deep cleaner. Leather cleaned with any of the Renovateur products is ready for application of pigmented polishes and other leather beautification options, the leather clear of dirt and staining, pores open, breathing like this fine natural material should.


Conditioning
The rich oils and waxes of Saphir Renovateur include shea butter, ox-foot oil, lanolin, carnauba wax and beeswax as well as mink oil. This luxurious combination of natural ingredients penetrates and revitalizes even dried, abused leather, restoring suppleness and maintaining essential moisture.
Polishing
Keeps leather glowing when Renovateur is used as a soft polish. In between intensive polishing treatments the original or Medaille D’Or 1925, handy for traveling, provides the base for a wonderful shine.

Shoe & Boots Stretch Solution – Benefits for all tight Leather Footwear

How many pairs of shoes and boots have you bought because they looked fabulous in the store only, to wear them the next day for a few hours and your feet are in so much pain you take them off, put them in the closet and try to forget they exist. They were the perfect shoes, they fit so well in the store but not your feet.
There was that pair of boots that you bought, they fit all the way the way up your leg like they were made just for you. You decide you want to wear them for a night on the town but now they don’t want to zip all the way up because your calves have swollen from your long day of work.
What about that time you found that pair of shoes, you know the ones that you had to have because they would match that outfit like no other pair of shoes ever can! You ask to try them on only to find out that the only ones they have left are half a size too small for you. You say to yourself, who cares…I will suffer because they look so gorgeous and then you come to discover that you just can’t bare the pain of them and so those shoes get put in the closet to be forgotten as well.
If only there was a way to make those shoes more comfortable, to stretch the calves of those boots so that they fit, to make those shoes that half size bigger so that you don’t feel that agonizing pain when wearing those shoes. NOW you have a way around to these problems and it is a shoe stretch solution, very popular lately since proofed to many happy customers that impossible can be possible.. These are a spray or simple pulverize that you can use to soften the leather on your shoes and boots to help them stretch only in the spots that you need them too. The spray is quite easy to use, all that you need to do is spray the area, inside and out, that is affecting the proper fit of your shoe or boot. Then you put your footwear on and go about your day. It really is that simple. You can repeat the steps each time you wear the shoes until optimal fit is achieved.
This product is really an invaluable product to have in your shoe care kit and you can easily find it at Valentino Garemi’s online store. It will save you a lot of discomfort and you will finally be able to get those shoes back out of the closet and on your feet again where they belong.

Back to School

BACK TO SCHOOL time is upon us and with it comes the cooler weather. Some of us are dreading this change of season but others are very excited to be rid of the heat and trade it in for beautiful, cool fall evenings. This is the time where you can show off your luxurious leather jacket that has been just sitting in the closet collecting dust or those lavish cordovan leather boots that you have been dying to get out of hiding. You excitedly open your closet, grab your jacket and getting disappointed to discover how dusty it is. Then you grab those boots and see how dull they look from their season in the shade at the back of the closet. Now what to do, these pieces cost you a fortune and look old and dingy. All is not lost, there is a way with the proper tools and steps to recover these precious articles and have them looking like the day you walked out of the store with them in hand.
The first thing to know is that when you acquire such posh things you must have the proper tools in place to keep them looking fresh. These tools will save you so much in time and money if used in the proper way. You can easily purchase a kit that will have everything you will need from beginning to end in the care of your leather.
One such kit is the Luxury Shoe Care Kit-Renoir by Famaco. This glorious kit is not just for shoes but can be used for all your leather requirements and it comes with the essential Crème Delicate, which is low wax content it’s a must have for any leather to nourish and revitalize it to its original shine. The kit comes in a beautiful box which is just a wonderful added feature to this already luxury set.
There are many other sets that are available to aid you in your leather care and you will find these Shoe Care Kits plus all the other items you will need at Valentino Garemi.


Leather Furniture – How to Care – Where to buy Sets and Kits

It can be very overwhelming when you own leather furniture to know the proper products to use to keep your furnishings looking like the day you purchased them. From the normal everyday wear and tear to the accidental spill, these things can ruin these invaluable items if the proper precautions are not made.
The most important step to make when your furniture arrives, whether it be a couch, lazy boy or ottoman is to condition and protect it. This must be done to any type of leather and can be achieved with the right products. There are so many options to choose on the market that it can tricky to know what is just the right thing for your needs. It is most valuable to obtain a kit; within a furniture care kit you will find all the necessary tools to achieve the outcome you desire.
Kits come in all forms, the important thing to look for is something that comes with a cleaner, conditioner, protectant and most importantly a tool of some sort to attain the finished product you desire. For example, the SAPHIR SMOOTH LEATHER CARE SET will have all the necessities. This set includes a delicate cream that will provide a wonderful conditioning and layer of protection. They provide a chamois with the set to apply the cream and aid in buffing and shining when application is finished. There is also the added bonus of the saddle soap, the soap is the ideal product to have with your leather are supplies as it is a gentle but complete cleanser that will remove grease and staining from any leather. This soap comes complete with a sponge that fits inside its tin.

Leather Furniture Cleaning and Protecting Set
Leather Furniture Cleaning and Protecting Set

At Valentino Garemi we understand the importance that comes along with your furnishings. Not only are they an important purchase that you have made, whether it be because you bought that new home, received that much overdue promotion or just because you deserve the finest things in life but we also want to help you keep these things looking like they just came home with these few simple tools. Visit the store to purchase this kit or to search for the one that is ideal for your needs. The store is stocked with the top names in leather care such as SAPHIR, AVEL and FAMACO and there will be everything you require to meet these needs at a click of the mouse. As an added bonus, purchases over $85 will receive free shipping plus a cleaning glove.

How to care for Leather Furniture. Sets and Kits from best purveyors.

To fully enjoy your valuable leather furniture for years to come you need to care for it properly. In order to do this, you need to arm yourself with the correct tools and products and know how to use these items in the precise way.
The important thing to remember when it comes time to care for your lavish furniture is that you must always clean, condition and protect it. These steps are very important and in a kit such as the Traditional Leather Furniture Care set made by Avel you will get all the things you need to achieve this.

Leather Care set - Furniture Kit
Leather Care set – Furniture Ki

You will start by spraying on the stain remover which will magically make stains and grease disappear. You will then clean all the dislodged dirt and oils with the wonderful chamois that comes with this kit. To give your furniture the ultimate protection you will finish off by using the leather wax spray and giving it a proper buffing, once again using the provided chamois. This set will keep your upholstery looking fresh and new for years to come.
Another invaluable set to have is the SAPHIR Suede Leather Care set. This set is essential for cleaning your Suede or NuBuck leather. This set includes a multi-purpose wooden crepe brush which is a must have for the proper cleaning and conditioning of any suede. The brush can be used to gently clear away loose dirt and absorb oils from your furniture as well as flattening the nap of the upholstery to bring it back to its original luster.
To purchase these sets and many other fine leather cleaning products you need to visit Valentino Garemi. This online store is your one stop source for all the items you will need to assist you in getting the job done. Not only will you have a variety of top of the class leather care products but with purchases over $85 will receive free shipping as well as a cleaning glove.



Cleaning and spot removers for shoe care tasks

Your leather apparel can get dirty, dingy and have unwanted spots – you wonder how to get it looking new again. Leather requires regular conditioning and protection from the elements in order to stay fresh and give the appearance of being new. In order to do this, you need to acquire just the right products and use them in the proper way.
You will need to start with a good brush. It is important to use the proper brush for the type of leather you are cleaning. For example, if you are going to clean suede you would use the Famaco Natural Crepe Suede Brush. It is specially designed with ribbons of crepe rubber which efficiently removes dust and debris and raises the nap to restore the look and feel of the suede. For those tight, hard to reach spots of your leather footwear and other leather products you can use a Shoe Edge Cleaning Brush. This long, narrow brush is the perfect tool to get into those hard to reach seams and creases without damaging the leather.
Now to clean and condition your leather and an excellent product to use on suede is the Woly Suede & Velour Gum and Famaco Raviv Cuirs. The Gum is used like an eraser on spots and stains and will absorb any oils or grease without the use of solvents. You simply rub the Gum back and forth, working with the grain to clean with perfection. Another wonderful Woly product is the Suede and Nubuck Sponge. This sponge lifts dirt and grime from the napped leather to leave it looking bright and fresh and leaves it dry without the use of any chemicals.
If you would prefer to use other cleaners there is Burgol Spezial-cuir/Special Leather Cleaner and Conditioner. This product is formulated with a variety of rich and nourishing vegetable waxes to provide a natural and gentle cleaning. This cleaner is an especially useful item if you need to clean a large leather area such as upholstery.
These are just a few of your options for cleaning and removing spots from your precious leather. There is a wide variety of products available for purchase at Valentino Garemi Canada.

Caring for your fine leather garments

You have bought the most beautiful leather purse but it’s starting to fade….
Those gorgeous shoes that are your favorite pair are looking dull and dirty….
That stunning leather jacket wants to come out of the closet and enjoy the spring air but needs to be freshened up….
You want to take that long overdue trip but your luggage is not as bright as it used to be.
The question is how do you get all your quality leather garments looking new again? The answer lies with Saphir and their Leather Garments Total Clean and Care Set.



This set comes with everything you will need to completely care for all your leather products and give them life again. There is no need to buy individual items when this set has everything you are looking for at the fraction of the cost.
This set comes with Saphir Saddle Soap, Saphir Canadian and a fantastic Chamois. Start with the saddle soap to gently clean the garment of debris and build up. This wonderful product conditions as well as cleanses the leather. The Saphir Canadian is a fabulous restoration cream that will soften and nourish your garments while giving them a waterproof coating that will not rub off on your clothing. You can finish these treatments off with a nice buffing from the chamois to make your shoes, purse, jacket or any leather you have looking brand new again!
The Saphir Leather Garments Total Clean and Care Set is available online at Valentino Garemi and is a must have set for any leather that you own.