Before & After with Petri Polish February 06 2015

With the dead of winter upon us, I thought that this would be an excellent time to do a little show and tell to demonstrate the performance attributes of the Petri Polish line of products.

Yes, our formulas are all-natural and they smell incredible.  No, they do not contain petroleum distillates such as naphtha nor do they include similarly harmful ingredients like turpentine.  Above all, our formulas do their job and do it well, with less elbow-grease from you!

For today’s purposes, I’ve temporarily sacrificed a pair of gorgeous Allen Edmonds Norwich monk straps in Brown Shell Cordovan.  Shell Cordovan is one of the most prized leathers available for shoe construction due to its beauty and its relative longevity as compared to your typical calfskins.  

The process of tanning shell cordovan is extremely complicated and no one does it better than the folks at Horween Tannery, where they’ve been doing this for over a century.  For all of its durability, the finish on shell cordovan is notoriously fickle and, as a result, difficult to care for.  Harsh solvents are to be avoided at all costs; prior to Petri Polish, I didn’t feel safe using much of anything on shell cordovan besides a horsehair brush.

To kick off this experiment, I took these beautiful loafers and traipsed though some snow, salt and slush leftover from Blizzard Juno (a bit of a letdown here in Bedford, New York).  I let that stuff dry and set into the leather a bit before touching it.  Here are a couple of “before shots”:

Now pay attention, because this whole process took less than 15 minutes.  First i used a Petri Polish shine cloth to coat the entire upper of each shoe with Leather Balm.  For optimal results, you want to use just enough to coat each shoe as lightly as possible--no more.  Excess won’t do any harm but it will make buffing a bit more difficult.  Here’s what they look like when properly coated:

I let that sit on there for about 8 minutes before using a horsehair brush to buff out all of the dried Leather Balm.  One could also use the soft side of a Shine Cloth if a brush isn’t handy.  I could stop there but I felt like adding a bit of pigment back to the leather, along with some water protection and scuff protection.  So I grabbed a jar of Brown Potion and repeated the process above (with a slightly shorter drying period).  Here’s what I ended up with:

Not only did this quick and gentle routine clean up all all of the water spots and grime, it left a glowing surface that's now protected from the elements.