Are the EMPIRE products safe?

Our research and development team attaches the greatest importance to product safety and consumer protection. All EMPIRE products are extensively and carefully tested. Always observe the instructions for safe use shown on the label. As with any spray, when using this product, you should not inhale the atomised spray and keep the product from getting into your eyes. You should use the products only in a well-ventilated area or outdoors.


Can I apply the products to all materials?

You can use EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER on all footwear and textiles, whether leather, suede, nubuck, nylon, linen, cotton, synthetics, vinyl or rubber. The impregnation is invisible after drying. With patent leather, synthetic leather and other sensitive surfaces, you should first test the product on a small area for compatibility and colour fastness.


Where can I buy EMPIRE?

Visit our website, to find a dealer near you. Incidentally, EMPIRE is also available in all Deichmann stores.


How long does EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER work?

After the first thorough impregnation, the impregnation lasts for several weeks. If you wear your sneakers and caps often, we recommend a refresher impregnation after 3-4 weeks. If you notice that water no longer properly forms beads and dirt is able to penetrate, you should clean your sneakers and caps and impregnate them again with EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER. If your sneakers are left unused in a closet, then the impregnation will last at least 1 year.


How high is the yield of EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER?

A can of EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER is enough for a basic treatment (2-3 applications) of 2 to 3 pairs of sneakers. A single spray is enough to refresh the protection. And a single can is enough to treat around 10 to 12 pairs.


Do I need to impregnate new sneakers and caps?

New sneakers and caps are usually not impregnated. You can recognise this if water droplets do not form beads but are absorbed into the material instead. By all means, we recommend impregnating new sneakers and caps with EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER before you wear them for the first time. This gives you optimum protection in all situations, so there’s no need to worry about when the time for impregnation is right.



EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER is partially removed during cleaning or washing of your sneakers and caps. If you do not refresh the impregnation after that, it will be completely removed after several wash cycles.


Are EMPIRE products environmentally friendly?

We developed EMPIRE using the latest generation of active ingredients. When selecting our raw materials, we pay very close attention to environmental compatibility. EMPIRE products are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. They are not harmful to aquatic organisms.


How are the products tested?

Even during development, we test EMPIRE products for optimum effectiveness and durability. Ongoing production is subject to continuous quality controls. The safety of our EMPIRE products is very important to us; that’s why they undergo extensive prescribed testing before they are placed on the market. We work closely with external institutes.


Do I need to clean the sneakers and caps before applying EMPIRE products?

It’s best to apply our products directly before you wear them for the first time. If you want to protect your sneakers with EMPIRE later on, you should clean them first. For optimal effectiveness and durability, you should apply our EMPIRE products to clean, dry sneakers and caps.


Can I use EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER for tents, too?

In principle, EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER is also suitable for use on tents, to protect them on the outside against moisture and dirt. Most tents already have an impregnation that you can refresh with EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER.


Does EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER contain fluorine?

We also use fluoropolymers in EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER. These active ingredients have the unique advantage of repelling even oily and greasy dirt. When selecting our active ingredients, we seek the most environmentally friendly results possible, and that’s why we use only short-chain fluoropolymers.


Can I carry the products on board an aircraft?

Most airlines will not permit you to carry EMPIRE products in your hand luggage, as they exceed the 100-ml limit and are an extremely flammable spray. You can stow EMPIRE products in your checked luggage, however. Be sure to enquire with your airline about the exact requirements.


How can I dispose of the products?

Completely empty cans are recyclable. Cans with residual contents must be taken to special waste-collection points (mobile disposal unit).


How can I clean impregnated sneakers & caps?

Dirt can be removed with a damp cloth. You can remove dried residues under running water, perhaps with a brush. After cleaning, you should briefly impregnate the dry sneakers and caps again; all it takes is a single spray.


Do sneakers and caps remain breathable in spite of EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER?

EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER maintains the breathability of your sneakers and caps. The impregnation forms an effective safety net against water and dirt. Air and moisture are still transported out and away from the shoe. To support this, you should apply EMPIRE FRESH EXPRESS.


What’s the best and easiest way to use EMPIRE DIRT BLOCKER?

Evenly and completely spray the outside of the shoe, omitting the sole. The impregnation is dry and active after 20-30 minutes. Impregnate 2 to 3 times for a basic treatment. A single application is sufficient to refresh the protection.


Do EMPIRE products have an expiry date, and what’s the best way to store them?

The sprays have a shelf life of at least 2 years. The best-by month and year are shown on the bottom of the can. You should store the sprays in a cool, well-ventilated place, out of reach of children. The spray should not be stored under any circumstances in the car, or in direct sunlight (e.g. on a windowsill), as they are extremely flammable and can burst when heated.


Do you have a question that is not listed here?

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