Recent patent acquisitions have already necessitated googling how to clean patent leather... A summary:
Traditional, Good Housekeeping suggestion, a la Hints from Heloise, though would require a purchase of mineral oil
Wikihow, for Patent Boots, photos look kind of er, like shoe-porn, but the process is simple
Ask Andy About Clothes article about shoe care says: Patent leather can be cleaned with a damp cloth using lukewarm water and plain soap or Windex. Shine with a smooth soft cloth. Don’t get any of the fabric wet (like the ribbon bow).
I tried the water, soap and windex, and the windex worked the best for me. My patent shines like glass, but it should be noted I don't know if it's "faux patent" or not, so if you're dealing with something expensive, take it somewhere to be cleaned instead of risking damaging it.
10 months ago