Caring instructions
Tikki Shoes are made entirely of leather, so they will be maintained as normal leather shoes, with few exceptions.

1.   Do not put them in the washing machine! Due to the long washing cycle (minimum one hour), the leather is staying for too long in the water - so it gets dry and often even shrinks. In addition, when it comes in contact with a large amount of water, the color might run out of the leather. Tikki booties should be washed by hand only, using a damp cloth or wet wipe.


2.    The sole requires occasional cleaning, when it becomes loaded with fat and impurities due to which the suede loses the grip on the ground. There is no need for very often cleaning, but only when you notice that  the child slightly starts to slip.


The (not so) dirty sole of a Tikki shoe


In this case, you need a damp cloth or baby wet wipes (we recommend wet fabric because it is more efficient, but you can use whatever you feel comfortable with), and a rough brush - e.g. nail brush, grill brush, etc.





                 

Thoroughly wash off outer sole with a damp cloth / baby wet wipes (you can also wash under running tap water, but there is a risk of colour running out), leave to dry, then vigorously rub with the brush until the suede is fresh again.

 

Sole scrubbed with a grill brush
 

3.  The upper part of the shoes is extremely easy to clean with any wet cloth / wipe (preferably baby wipes).

4.  Drying is done only at room temperature - avoid drying the shoes near heat sources (stove), otherwise the leather becomes very dried-up.



How to maintain shiny leather(nappa) and suede?

 

Although most people stay away from suede because it is more sensitive to dirt, every leather type has advantages and disadvantages, and we will show the difference between the two leather types. We prefer suede because:

-          it is more elegant

-          it feels softer to the touch

-          more resistant to long wear

 

The major difference between nappa and suede is abrasion resistance - while nappa can be easily scratched and becomes bad-looking after intensive use (such as shoes worn daily for several months), instead, suede does not scratch but blunts - less visible - and maintains a more good-looking state. The only minus is that in time suede loses colour intensity and requires additional care, but it is worth it - in our opinion.

Here you can see two different shoes worn for a few months (about 8-9). The excavators are slightly scratched on top, while the navy blue suede ones have no scratch - instead we had to refresh the color (as you'll see below).

 

Suede vs. Nappa (notice that by long wearing it took the foot's shape)

Please see below the steps to maintain suede:

1.    Wash the leather first with a damp cloth / wet wipe (avoid direct exposure to water as it is likely for the colour to run out)

2.    Allow to dry, then comb gently with a nail brush or other brush with softer teeth (tooth brush, for example)

3.    To restore the colour intensity you can use any baby oil - pour some drops onto a tooth brush and spread all over to avoid colour gradation. It does not matter if you pour more or less on the brush, the important thing is to evenly cover the entire surface of the shoe.



4.  After drying you will notice that suede has regained the initial colour intensity.

 

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Nappa leather can be cleaned as well with a damp cloth / wet wipe, and then you can use various leather care products (creams, sprays) to prolong life. We recommend using any body nourishing cream to soften leather and help it preserve for a longer time.


In the hope that this little tutorial was useful, we wish your Tikki shoes will be well taken care of and happily worn by your little ones!