How to Care for Snakeskin Boots

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Your snakeskin boots are a prized possession that require special care. Don’t let them fall from their days of glory because you aren’t sure of the proper way to take care of them. Here a few tips that will help your snakeskin boots looking sharp for years to come!

  • A very important factor in upkeep of snakeskin boots is a light cleaning after you wear them. Using a soft dry cotton cloth, wipe with the direction of the scales to remove topical dirt and dust. Use a very soft brush to gently remove dirt and dust underneath scales. Do not lift scales.
  • General cleaning of snakeskin footwear is best done with a cotton cloth slightly dampened with plain water. Because the scales are water resistant soap products and excessive water will run off the scales and down to the membrane causing drying and curling of the scales.
  • Use conditioners made specifically for snakeskin/reptiles. They are lighter in composition than most general leather conditioners. Just because a leather conditioner is more liquid or in a spray formula does not mean it contains lighter conditioner ingredients. Using the wrong products can leave a residue that will build up around the membranes possibly causing scales to crack or fall off.
  • It’s best to use a cream wax product as opposed to a hard wax. One coat is all you need. Don’t use colored cream polish on natural colored snakeskin; it will react with the chemicals used in tanning and cause the skin to turn green. Use neutral cream polish instead.
  • White snakeskin is actually bleached. Boots made from bleached snakeskin (most often Python) will eventually return to their natural golden color. This is the natural progression of bleached leathers, and re-bleaching will shorten the life of the boot.
  • It’s typical for snakeskin boots to be made with a layer of snakeskin laminated over cow skin. The cow leather will become dry over time. Rejuvenate the cow leather by using a quality leather conditioner on the inside of the boot and let sit for a few days.
  • Contrary to the old school of thought, it is okay to use a light amount of cream polish on rattlesnake skin.

Hope these tips help keep your snakeskin boots in top shape!

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