When buying a shoe from Pikolinos, many of our clients ask us how best to clean them, to care for them, and to keep them in shape for longer. Sometimes they buy cleaning products, creams, sprays and other chemical solutions to help get their shoes really clean.
However, it must be remembered that the leathers that Pikolinos use for their shoes are all natural. And just like with any other natural material, it is important first to remove the dirt carefully with a sponge or damp cloth, and then leave it to dry naturally (and not to expose it to artificial heat).
In order to get the best results, it is then advisable to hydrate and nourish the leather as now all the compounds that blocked the pores have been removed. For this we suggest applying the Incoloura Neutra cream, which is free from colourings and chemicals. With a cloth simply apply a small amount of the cream evenly on the shoe and let the leather soak it up. Once the shoes have absorbed the cream, rub them with a cotton cloth and polish them vigorously. This will give the shoes back their original shine. If this is done every five days, the shoes will remain in excellent condition for a long time.
For the day-to-day cleaning of your shoes we advise you to rub them lightly with a damp cloth and leave them to dry naturally. Then polish them with a beeswax shoeshine sponge. Manufacturers particularly recommend natural beeswax, which can be found in most supermarkets. Moreover, in all of our Pikolinos shoeboxes you will find a special shoeshine sponge soaked in natural beeswax for your daily shoe care. Remember, you can always find the recommended shoe creams for all of our leathers in our Pikolinos stores and sales points.
It is important to bear in mind that you should not polish your shoes with a sponge before you have removed the dirt with a cloth. Otherwise the sponge will only spread the dirt around the shoe.
In the case of stains, we recommend that you clean the shoe with a neutral soap, carefully rubbing the shoes and then removing the excess with a damp cloth. You should then leave the shoes to dry naturally in a cool dry place.
Another question we are frequently asked is what to do when shoes get rained on. The best way to dry a shoe is to fill it with newspaper so that the water is absorbed from within. Then, let the shoes dry off naturally so that they regain their natural shape. It is important not to expose the shoes to artificial heat, as it will dry out the leather and leave it hard and shrivelled.
Finally, when you are storing your shoes for the following season we suggest that you keep them in their original box in a dry place. Do also put paper inside them so that they keep their original shape.