Leather cowboy boots are a fashion statement with many different types of designs and even leathers. Because different types of leather require different cleaning methods, it’s important to know what kind of leather you’re boots are made of before you apply cleaning agents or start scrubbing.
Read on for tips on how to clean your leather boots and help them last for years to come.
There are basically two types of leather:
- Finished: Finished leather looks smooth and sometimes shiny.
- Unfinished: Unfinished leather looks worn in or matte.
You can see in the image below exactly what we mean:
Now that you know what you are dealing with let’s go through the cleaning process:
First up is finished leather.
What you need:
- Saddle soap without oils, dyes and fragrances
- 2 damp cloths
- A towel
- A dry cloth or a quick dry sponge
- Leather conditioner
- Liquid silicone
1. After removing all visible dust, apply a dime-sized amount of saddle soap to a damp cloth and gently rub down your boot.
2. Next, with the damp cloth wipe all of the lather off your boots.
3. Now they are ready to be shined up! Use a quick shine sponge to bring the natural luster of the leather back.
4. Blot boots with a dry towel.
5. Once you are sure the leather is totally dry, evenly distribute leather conditioner on the boot.
6. For extra protection add a protective silicone layer. Be sure to use products that are made for real leather.
And your boots should look almost brand new!
Now, unfinished leather.
The process for cleaning your unfinished leather boots is exactly the same as finished leather, except replace leather conditioner with mink oil.
Mink oil keeps leather soft and prevents excessive drying and cracking. Once you have massaged the oil onto the surface of the leather and into all the cracks and crevices and let it dry, your unfinished leather will be clean and beautiful!
Great boots are an investment, and should be treated well. With good care your boots will last years, and quite possibly decades.