How to Clean Patent Leather Jordans
Patent-leather Air Jordans have been a highly coveted fashion accessory since the '80s and it takes a little bit of TLC to keep your Js looking fresh. The glossy finish on patent-leather sneakers is achieved through a process of layering plastic over a piece of fine-grade leather -- and it's part of why these kicks have a higher price tag. Extend the life of your patent-leather Jordans and keep them ready for the basketball court by cleaning and caring for the shoes like Mike would.
- Shoe brush
- Old, soft-bristled toothbrush
- Dish soap
- Small bowl
- Clean cotton cloths
- Mineral oil
- Leather conditioner
- Lint-free cloth
1 Wipe down the stitching
Wipe down the stitching on the outside of your Air Jordans with a shoe brush or an old, soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any dust or dirt.
2 With 3 cups lukewarm water
Mix 1 teaspoon mild dish soap with 3 cups lukewarm water in a small bowl and stir the ingredients until the water suds. A mild soap contains no dyes or perfumes.
3 Dampen the corner
Dampen the corner of a clean cotton cloth with the soapy mixture and wipe off the entire patent-leather surface of your Jordans to remove any mud, dust, dirt or debris.
4 Dampen a separate cotton cloth
Dampen a separate cotton cloth with plain water and wipe off the soapy residue from your Jordans.
5 Wipe down the Jordans
Wipe down the Jordans with a dry cotton cloth and allow them to completely air-dry at room temperature for two days.
6 Remove scuff marks
Remove scuff marks by dampening a clean cotton cloth with mineral oil and working the mineral oil into the scuff marks until they're eliminated.
7 Wipe off any remaining mineral oil
Wipe off any remaining mineral oil with a separate, clean cotton cloth.
8 Soak the corner of a cotton cloth
Soak the corner of a cotton cloth with a leather conditioner formulated for use on patent leather. Using overlapping circles, work the leather conditioner into the patent leather.
9 Wipe down the patent leather
Wipe down the patent leather with a separate, clean cotton cloth to remove any remaining leather conditioner.
Buff the patent leather with a lint-free cloth, using over-lapping circles and continuing until you've restored the shine to your patent-leather Jordans.