Sunday, September 12, 2010

Kiwi: Send Your Kids Back To School In Style While Saving You Money! 

So you went out and bought your kids new shoes for school ( among lots of other things).  Spent a small fortune, huh?  Did you remember to pick up some KIWI products to protect that investment?  Let me tell you about some of the Back-To-School items you need to have before those shoes start taking the beating your kids are ready to give to them!

I was sent some really useful products courtesy of KIWI to review for you, my dear readers.

Express Shine Sponge

A brilliant shine in an instant.

Clear shine liquid for a fresh shine every time. Color in sponge provides a hint of color. No mess. No buffing.

Directions: Remove heavy dirt from surface. Glide sponge lightly over leather.

Great for shining up those dress shoes in a hurry!

KIWI Protect All

Invisible barrier repels stains and water.

KIWI Protect All provides water and stain protection, while still allowing leather and fabrics to breathe. Water and stains stay on the surface, where they can easily be wiped away. It also repels water and stains from hats, jackets, raincoats, skiing wear and other clothing. For use on all dry clean only material. Good for all colors of leather and fabric.

Directions: Articles should be clean and dry. Hold can upright 6-8 inches from article and spray evenly all over. Use in a well-ventilated area, away from heat and flame. Allow drying. A second applications is recommended for new articles.

What you need to to keep away those inevitable water stains from wet grass and puddles.

Suede & Nubuck Protector

Provides maximum protection against water and stains. Won't darken or discolor.

KIWI Suede & Nubuck Protector provides maximum protection against water and stains, so your Suede & Nubuck leather shoes remain new looking longer. The formula contains a special polymer which produces an invisible protective shield.

Directions: Shoes must be dry prior to use. Use in a well ventilated area away from heat or flame. Do not use while smoking. Spray entire shoe lightly and evenly. Do not saturate. Allow to dry, then re-apply. For long lasting protection, spray shoes again after worn in wet weather. For dirty shoes, use KIWI Suede & Nubuck Cleaner prior to using protector.

Suede is always so susceptible to water stains so this is great to preserve the clean look of the material!

Flat Athletic Laces
Never get caught without extra laces - especially for your child's "absolutely - my favorite - I can't even THINK of going to school without them" shoes!
The website has some great tips on keeping your shoes looking their best and I thought I would share them with you while we were talking about the subject:
"At KIWI we know that the shoes you purchase can be expensive and therefore keeping your shoes in top condition is worth a little extra effort. The facts and tips below are ways to help you look after and even extend the natural life of your shoes.


Dirt and other debris can easily embed into leather. Therefore, your leather shoes or boots need to be cleaned before you start polishing. KIWI Shoe Brushes and Wipes can easily be used to remove excess dirt and debris.

To polish your shoes effectively, always remove the shoelaces from your shoe before you start polishing your shoes. This is the best way to get to clean the tongue of the shoe and avoid staining the laces.

For best results using shoe polishes or creams, first apply the shoe polish or cream evenly to leather shoes and boots with a brush or soft cloth. Once the polish has properly dried, simply buff to a brilliant shine using a natural bristle brush. Note that it is important to use a separate brush and cloth for applying and buffing different colored shoes.

If you prefer a more convenient alternative there are instant shine liquids. Simply remove excess dirt and then apply the liquid evenly to your shoes. The formulation restores color and dries to an instant shine - without the need to buff.

Use KIWI Protector products to help waterproof your shoes thoroughly to protect them from common stains caused by water, mud, dust, snow or salt.

Store leather shoes using a shoe tree, this will help retain the shape of the leather. If you can’t use a shoe tree (e.g. for strappy shoes), stuff the toe cap with newspaper or tissue. Never store or dry leather shoes near direct heat.

Suede & Nubuck

Your suede shoes deserve special attention. Make sure they are cleaned and waterproofed regularly.

If your suede shoes get wet, stuff them with newspaper while they dry to keep their shape.

Always allow them to dry naturally and never put them near direct heat.

Suede and nubuck shoes will look their best when brushed. You can use KIWI Suede and Nubuck brushes and cleaning blocks for this purpose.

Sport shoes

To extend the life of active or outdoor shoes (golf shoes, football or hiking boots), make sure you polish and waterproof them regularly.

Before polishing, first knock off the loose mud and allow your boots to dry naturally.

Use KIWI Fresh Force shoe freshener with its unique up-side down, dual spray applicator, to control shoe and sneaker odor and to enjoy all day freshness and confidence.

Other interesting tips & tricks

To keep your shoes lasting longer, rotate your shoes with another pair.

When you buy a new pair of shoes, protect them before you wear them for the first time.

If your shoes get wet, allow them to dry completely before wearing them again. Once your shoes have dried, waterproof them again with a multi-purpose protector.

Use a shoe horn to assist with putting on your shoes, to keep the heel from losing its shape.

When you travel, always place your shoes inside a shoe bag or wrap your shoes in a soft material.

Check out the KIWI website for tons of more useful money saving products to keep your shoes looking their best!

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this writing this post, but I did receive products in order to conduct this review.  This did not obligate or influence me in any way.

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