Originally Patent involved applying successive coats of a linseed oil based lacquer to leather to produce a glossy impermeable finish. Today, most modern patent leathers have a plastic coating (PVC or polyurethane) to give that high gloss finish.
Caring for Patent shoes is relatively simple. To clean patent, simply wipe surface with a damp cloth, and then buff with a dry soft cloth. Overtime the gloss will become dull and need to be restored. To keep it's high shine look it's important to only use products specifically designed for Patent leather, regular shoe polish just won't work. We recommend Patent Leather Dressing. This product has been around for many years and is the perfect product to give patent that high gloss shine.
Applying Patent Leather Dressing instructions:
- Clean shoes first by wiping with a damp cloth. Allow to dry.
- Apply a small amount of Patent dressing to a cotton cloth and rub in a circular motion onto shoes.
- Repeat until both shoes are covered.
- To finish buff off with a Polshing Cloth.
- Do not allow Patent Dressing to dry too long on shoes. Sometimes it is best to do one shoe at a time.
Once finished you will see the results immediately and your patent shoes will look just like new.