Posted on 24-Jun-2015
From my four years of experience in Boys’ Brigade, especially in the area of polishing for every parade, I now have really shiny boots. Here I would like to share my knowledge on how I polish every week to reach the level of shine that I currently have. Hope these few tips would help especially the recruits and perhaps Privates who are looking for ways to polish up their polishing skills. Before you start, you should already have the basic items needed for polishing which are a smooth microfiber cloth, kiwi, lighter and cotton balls (right picture).
If your boots are new or there are not enough layers of kiwi, you would first have to apply layer upon layer of kiwi to give a smooth surface for the boots. Use the microfiber cloth and wrap it around your index finger and dip it in a little bit of water. After the cloth on your finger is slightly moist, rub on some kiwi and apply a layer on each boot. Do not apply too much of a thick layer, just enough to cover the entire boot and make it look dull.
Lastly to get rid of most of the scratches, use a moist cotton ball and buff the surface of the boots. Keep rubbing the cotton ball in circles until the boots can no longer get any shinier. There are many ways to polish and this is just my own way. Feel free to modify my methods to any method you prefer of ignore it completely. This method is what had worked best for me for four years. It has helped me to attain boots as reflective as a black mirror while also protecting my boots at the same time. While it’s true that it will take a long time to achieve similar results especially if your boots are new, when there’s a will, there’s a way, I still remembered how I always admired my Corporal’s boots back when I was a recruit and now after years of hard work and dedication, I have achieved the standard that I have longed for all these while. As of now, I have given the information necessary from my experience, though these might not be the best tips as I trust and believe that there are many more Brigadiers out there who might have better tips. Now it’s all up to you to dedicate some time and effort on polishing if you want to see ‘shiny’ results!