Stephanie asked: How do you clean burnt bronzed baby shoes? My dad’s bronzed baby shoes were in a fire about 20 years ago and have since been sitting in his garage collecting dust. They are completely black, and a piece of the leather has come off on one of them. I rubbed parts of them a little with a scotch-brite finishing pad. Some of the black has come off, and I can see the bronze underneath. I’m afraid to keep going. I don’t want to scratch or ruin them. Is there a gentler way of cleaning them?
Bronzed baby shoes, especially those that have been through a fire should be handled with care. There is a protective coating on the bronze that protects it and should not be removed. Unlike regular bronze, bronzed baby shoes require much lighter, gentler cleaning. Follow these guidelines for general cleaning. If the black is not removed, consider having a professional complete the job.
You Will Need:
- Soft cloth
Steps to Clean the Shoes:
- For regular cleaning, wipe the shoes down with a soft, dry cloth.
- Avoid rubbing too hard or buffing the surface.
- Do not apply chemicals or water to the surface as this will remove the protective coating.
- For severe stains and dirt, consult a professional to have them professionally cleaned and/or re-bronzed.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Bronzing baby shoes can be done at home. Bronzing powder is available at most craft stores and can be applied over the stained area.