DOs and DON’Ts: Boot Care

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You’ve invested a lot of hard earned money into your boots so you want to make sure you take care of them properly. Show your boots a little TLC and they will last for years to come!

Boot care is actually very simple and similar to taking care of your own skin! Just like us, there are different types of boot leathers that have special requirements.

Let’s get started:

DO: Remember dirt and dust is the greatest enemy to your boots. Wipe them often with a damp cloth.

DON’T: Forget to condition boots only after they have been cleaned. Otherwise it won’t be able to penetrate the leather.

DO: Rejuvenate your boots with a polish to cover scratches and other wear.

DON’T: Forget to only boots with a smooth finish.

DO: remember to go with the grain when polishing snakeskin boots. (except rattlesnake boots, do not polish those!)

DON’T: Use too much wax or oils. Overuse will clog the pores on your leather and cause them to dry out.

DO: Find your boot leather below to find the best way to care for your boots.

COWHIDE/POLISHED:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  2. Clean thoroughly with leather conditioner or balm.
  3. Apply a thin coat of neutral shoe cream and rub with a soft cloth until leather shines.
  4. For a high luster, apply a thin coat of wax polish (neutral paste on light colors; matching paste on dark colors). Brush or rub again.

NAKED FINISH, SNUFFED FINISH OR SUEDE:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a soft nylon brush.
  2. Do not use conditioners; conditioners may discolor the leather.
  3. Treat with two coats of Water & Stain Protector when boots are new. Allow to dry between coats.
  4. Keep free of mud and drying elements.
  5. On snuffed grain, use a fine abrasive paper lightly on the areas that are already snuffed

OIL-IMPREGNATED:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  2. Replenish oils occasionally with an all-purpose conditioner.

EXOTIC:

  1. Remove loose dirt with a brush or rag.
  2. Frequently apply thin coats of reptile conditioner with a soft cloth.
  3. Let dry, then buff with soft cloth.