Caring for your Boots
Date Posted:3 October 2014
Caring for your boots not only means you will get maximum wear, regular maintenance also keeps your work boots looking great!
Looking after your boots is simple and doesn't have to cost a fortune. The sole (see our recent blog 'What's in a Boot?') typically wears first and should should visually inspect the soles removing and stones lodged between the tread, look for cuts and punctures (nails especially) which could accelerate damage to the sole and reduce the life expectancy and safety of your work boots.
Keeping the upper clean (and dry) has two benefits -
- Cleaning extends the life of you boots.
- Keeps your boots looking great!
Cleaning your work boots depends on the type of leather -
Plain leather - There are a huge range of options for plain leather. Soaps, cremes, polish and waterproofing sprays all to ensure your boots look their best. Like cleaning your dress shoes, cleaning your boots follows the same process.
Remove any dirt, foreign matter - possibly use a leather soap for those difficult marks. Polish (remember to use a matching color) then protect (Waterproofing)
Suede / Nubuck - Cleaning suede and nubuck finished leather is the same. Brush to remove any contaminants and loose particles from the nap. Stubborn marks can be addresses using a specialty suede / nubuck cleaner. Finally, protect from moisture with a waterproofing spray. Repeat regularly - particularly after getting boots wet or dirty to maintain in best condition.
WARNING - Do not use regular polish (including bees wax) on suede or nubuck leathers
Do your boots smell inside?
Did you know that the smell is actually caused by bacteria, not sweat.
There's a number of ways to remove smells from boots - That's a future Blog Topic.
Reducing sweat = Reduced smell
Bamboo has been found to have antibacterial features which can help significantly reduce this problem. Bamboo fibre has been found to also possess excellent wick properties to further aid in reducing sweat.