Leather shoes are among the most in-demand of leather goods. Shoe laces made out of leather are not only beautiful to look at but it is also a durable choice for leather shoes. On the other hand, you might have a problem regarding leather shoe laces because they are usually firm and they can be hard to flex and tie, especially when they are new. You can try these procedures for softening your leather shoe laces.
Gather the things you’ll need. This method can be considered as easy and cheap because all you need are the following: mink oil, shaving cream, wash cloth and a clean cloth. You can buy affordable mink oils in hardware stores and tack and saddle shops.
Work it out. Bend the shoe laces with your hands one at a time. Take your time flexing, kneading, knotting, wadding and squeezing the shoelaces. Do this gently and sufficiently in order for the shoe laces to become soft and more malleable. This step will break down the leather’s fibers. Do this with both shoe laces for optimum results.
Use shaving cream. Apply a sufficient quantity of shaving cream into the wash cloth. Let it set for a few seconds in order for the cream to be absorbed by the wash cloth. Wipe the entire length of both shoe laces with the soaked wash cloth and let the shaving cream to moisten the shoe laces. Bend the shoe laces to begin breaking down the fiber as the shoe laces are still moist from the saving cream. Let is set for a few minutes to dry. You can repeat this process until you achieve your desired softness for your shoe laces.
Squeeze some oil. Polish the entire length of the leather shoe laces with an adequate amount of mink oil. While you are wiping the mink oil onto the shoe laces, flex the shoe laces to begin breaking down its fibers. Do this for 10-15 minutes. You can do this as much as you want until you get the desired softness.
Let it dry. After rubbing oil into the she laces, set it in place to dry. Alternatively, you may wipe out excess oil so the leather will dry faster. In order to eliminate excess mink oil from the shoe laces, use a dry cloth to wipe the entire length of the shoe laces. You can clean any glut of oil so that the she laces will not be undergo greasiness but never rinse it off.
One of the difficulties you might suffer when buying leathers of small sizes, like shoe laces, is that they dry up quickly. This is because small sized leather goods have lesser ability to preserve and sustain their moisture. Still, there are cheap and easy ways in order for your leather goods to soften. Leather shoe laces are hard and stiff especially when they are new. With the help of your shaving cream and some mink oil, you can turn your unbendable shoe laces into soft and flexible ones.