How to extend the life of your sneakers? | DO’S and DON’Ts.
Today's fashion is no longer imaginable without sneakers, no matter what they look like. This type of footwear requires dedicated care. Whether your shoes are made of textiles or only partly of leather, the way you clean them is crucial. We have been Collonil representatives in Lithuania for many years and can confidently recommend Collonil Carbon LAB products!
Do’s for lengthening the life of a new pair of shoes. This is a common issue at the start of the rainy season or after snowfall. Dolita delivers the best on the market.
CARBON LAB is a range of shoe care products developed in collaboration with sneaker designer Hikmet Sugoer. He shares his passion for shoes and his desire to offer only the best with Collonil.
All product development expertise is combined into one product line — CARBON LAB. Sneakers are the shoes of our time. They have become an irreplaceable part of our everyday footwear and the highlight of our outfits. With our extensive experience in leather and textile care, we have developed a range of products that protects, cleans and cares for sneakers from sole to top.
With these CARBON LAB products:
- Clean the sole and remove other dirt
Depending on the type of footwear and material, we use Collonil Carbon Cleaner foam, Carbon Midsole Cleaner, Carbon Cleaner Solution, Carbon Nubuck and Suede Cleaner.
- Impregnate with Carbon Protecting Spray
Long-lasting, high-quality protection for all materials. The protective spray creates an invisible, breathable and resistant protective shield on all surfaces. Protects against moisture and dirt.
Water is a natural element that needs to be tamed. Water is powerful, both in terms of natural disasters and shoe care. Too much moisture can instantly damage your shoes. Although most leathers are soaked in oils to naturally impregnate them (in fact, this method was used in Ancient Egypt), they still need to be coated with an invisible, breathable and, most importantly, waterproof membrane film, to renew them, to give them elasticity and shine.
- Nourish with Carbon Sneaker Care. Moisturises the leather.
Perfect for smooth and rough leather. Also, for footwear with technical textile mesh and leather combinations. More than 90% natural and aerosol-free.
Don’ts. The first rains and frosts are a signal that it's time to take care of your footwear. If your shoes get wet, the most important rule is not to dry them on or near radiators! The leather will shrink, and the sole may split, shrink and distort. These are just some of the unpleasant results of drying shoes in this way.
Do’s. Use natural wood shoe trees for drying, they will absorb moisture, keep the shape of the shoe intact and prevent the leather from losing its elasticity — this is the best choice on the market. Dry wet shoes in a ventilated room. Give your shoes a “rest” and have a few choices.
Do’s for caring for sneakers with insulation or fur. Oh, yes! This is the ideal cold-weather choice for those who can't imagine life and their everyday wardrobe without light, warm and comfortable sneakers. The imagination of footwear designers is vast. In addition to sneakers with fur on the inside, hybrid shoes are also prevalent. The name is not a coincidence, as the shoes have a classic shape and a sporty sole. We often think about how to renew them quickly and effortlessly for the upcoming season.
Do’s if the sole or edges of my shoes are worn out. We recommend Collonil Carbon Midsole Cleaner or Collonil Carbon Cleaning Solution for cleaning the sole.
The product helps to remove dirt, refreshes the colour of the sole, perfectly cleans white soles, it is a universal product suitable for all materials. For both rubber foam and crepe rubber soles.
To use, simply apply a small amount of the product to a cotton cloth and spread evenly over the surface. Wipe off dirt and product residues with a damp cloth.
Do’s for cleaning when you are not sure what materials your shoes are made of. Or renewing the colour. We recommend the versatile Collonil Carbon Cleaning Foam for cleaning footwear or handbags made of any material. This is a high-quality cleaning foam for convenient and quick cleaning. The foam penetrates the deepest layers of the material and removes the dirt that has accumulated there. This product is not only for cleaning surfaces (leather and textiles) but also for renewing their colours. A small amount of foam and a cleaning wipe or sponge is sufficient. This is a new product.
The advantages of this product: it helps to remove dirt even from the deepest layers, it cleans white shoes perfectly, it is a versatile product suitable for all materials: leather, eco-leather, fur, textile, nylon, etc., it refreshes the colour, and it is quick and easy to use.
Application. Hold the spray head vertically downwards, spray a small amount onto a damp Collonil sponge, use the sponge to spread the product evenly on the surface in a circular motion and wipe off dirt and residue with a damp cloth.
Do’s if the shoes are made of nubuck or suede leather. We recommend Collonil Carbon Nubuck & Suede Cleaner for dry cleaning of suede and nubuck. You'll easily and quickly remove stains and minor scratches.
Do’s for unpleasant odours. Bad odour can be easily overcome by spraying your shoes with Collonil Carbon Odour Cleaner at least occasionally before and after wearing them. This is another innovation we offer! This is one of the most important stages, as a proper fight against bacteria and unpleasant odours ensures hygiene and a fresh odour.
We recommend Carbon Odour Cleaner. A pleasantly fresh scent! A few occasional sprays are all it takes and the results are immediately apparent.
The advantages of this product. The product not only prevents the unpleasant odour of sweat but also prevents bacteria, provides a pleasant smell and eliminates odours such as sweat, tobacco and cigarette smoke, kitchen odours, etc. This makes it suitable not only for footwear but also for handbags, sports bags, suitcases, outdoor clothing, car interiors, etc.
Application. Spray the product on the inside of the footwear, spray for about 5 seconds, wipe with a cotton cloth and let dry for about 30 seconds.
Whether the inside is leather, partly textile, natural or faux fur, it's always good to have in your shoe care kit.
Impregnation! One of the most important care products for footwear is an impregnant. The right choice is Collonil Carbon Protecting Spray, a new structured formula that creates long-lasting protection for all types of leather and fabrics. This new generation of impregnant coats the surface with an invisible membrane, forming a protective net that prevents moisture and dirt from penetrating the deeper layers of the leather. Most footwear, handbags, and clothing are made from coarser, textured leather or textiles. This measure protects against the infiltration of dust and dirt. So not only does this impregnant perform its main function of protecting against moisture, but it also prevents the build-up of dirt. These are the latest discoveries made by Collonil in their products. It is the use of these technologies that is revolutionising shoe care.
Why impregnate? Surfaces coated with Collonil Carbon LAB's Collonil Carbon Protecting Spray have the following properties: become resistant to oily materials, water, dirt does not penetrate the deep layers of the products, surfaces are protected for a long time with an invisible, breathable coating, less susceptible to bacteria, mould, better UV protection, suitable for all types of materials, suitable not only for footwear but also for textiles, haberdashery, eco-leather, vegan leather, leather, fur.
Application. Shake before use, spray 20 cm away in a ventilated room, spray evenly over the surface of the product several times and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes, repeat the impregnation after 12 to 15 wears.
Do's for keeping the leather supple and soft. To keep the leather supple and moisturised, and the fur shiny, we recommend Collonil Carbon Sneaker Care, another new product. Natural looks are not a thing of exclusivity or fashion these days, but a necessity.
The advantages of this product. 90% of the product's ingredients are natural. Rich in aloe vera and valuable oils that not only nourish the leather, but also revitalise its colour, the product is suitable for use on smooth leather, suede, nubuck, short natural fur, and protects the leather against moisture loss and dryness.
Application. Shake before use, spray 20 cm from the surface of the footwear, allow to soak in and dry for approx. 10 minutes.
Enjoy a renewed pair of shoes or handbag.
We recommend buying a few new pairs of shoes for autumn and winter: casual sneakers (especially with fur inside!), long-lasting shoes or the rougher, chunky, lace-up type, and of course the super-warm ones with fur or wool inside, which are suitable for our winters. And to protect your shoes from moisture, rain, snow, and other environmental factors, all you need to do is to follow our tips, clean, waterproof and polish them properly. We recommend the best products from Collonil. With more than 100 years of experience as a shoe care manufacturer, the effectiveness of its products is evident.DOLITA is the official distributor of Collonil Carbon LAB products in Lithuania. You can buy these products at Dolita stores in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda.