For the second instalment in our Jason Markk ‘Cleaning Series’, we’ll be focusing on how to use our premium selection of Jason Markk’s cleaning tools and help ensure you choose the best one for the job.
Throughout this guide we’ll be talking you through the:
The Standard Brush:
Constructed from coarse acrylic bristles, the Standard Brush is designed to clean most standard durable materials, such as synthetic leathers, rubber midsoles and outsoles. The hard bristles help when cleaning between the deep grooves on midsole units.
However, we advise that you don’t use this brush on unique materials such as suede or Flyknit. These softer uppers require a carefully considered approach and fortunately, we’ve provided the low-down for you below.
The Premium Brush:
Crafted from luxe hog hair bristles, the Premium Brush foams the Jason Markk Cleaning Solution 6-7 times greater than the standard brush. This is good news because it means more dirt gets brought to the surface, resulting in a deeper clean.
It’s the perfect companion for your shoe’s uppers – cleaning all delicate materials such as soft leather, suede, nubuck, Flyknit and Primeknit mesh panels. Use the Premium Brush to hit all areas without fearing damage.
The Suede Cleaning Kit:
This one is built from dense horse hair bristles, and unlike the other brushes, it should only be used dry to dust off the surface dirt on all suedes and mesh panels. It’s essential to remove the dirt whilst the shoe is dry as when the material gets wet, dirt can get trapped in much deeper. Use the Suede Brush to work the suede, but only when the shoe has been deep cleaned and left to dry for at least 5 hours (24 to be safe).
The Rubber Eraser:
Made from the same type of sticky rubber material you’d find on the sole on a Clark’s Wallabee, the Rubber Eraser is designed to remove the dirt from your shoes and restore their colour without having to wet the material. It works particularly well on suedes and can work on nubuck fabrics too.
When using, work the shoe with the same force you would when using a rubber on a piece of paper. Keep in mind you wouldn’t want to rip the paper and aggressively rubbing too hard can damage the suede too. Also, it’s essential to ensure the suede is completely dry before working on it; the last thing you want to do is to take fibres away from the suede whilst it’s wet as these can’t be replaced.
The Microfibre Cleaning Towel:
Dissimilar to a regular cotton towel you’d find in your bathroom, the Jason Markk Microfiber Cloth has been specifically designed to absorb 7 times its weight in water – and unlike a regular towel – no loose fibres will fall off onto your shoe whilst cleaning.
With pigment dyed materials some colour loss can be expected during cleaning and the wetter you get the fabric the more likely colour loss is. But by rubbing the microfibre cloth back and forth over the material, the excess water gets soaked up and the dirt is drawn away from the shoe.
Other Top Tips:
When cleaning a shoe of any material always work section by section. Doing a patch test before going straight into a deep clean will let you know if the dye is likely to run and working in sections will stop it from bleeding from one part to another.
Always rinse your brushes thoroughly with cool water to remove the solution once you’ve finished cleaning to keep them in good condition for longer. Try not to over-wet the handle as the wood can warp and deteriorate over time.
Finally, by using a combination of all the tools not only will your shoes thank you but so will your brushes. Using the correct one for each job will stop them from getting worn down over time which can happen if they’re cleaning materials they shouldn’t be.
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