How To Clean And Care For Your Boots

If you love getting out on adventures, then no doubt you’ll have a pair of trusted walking boots you take with you on every trip. Built to be sturdy and to provide you with support in challenging conditions, your walking boots will see you through many years with the right care and attention. 


To help you keep your boots performing for longer, we’ve put together a step-by-step care guide.


Top Tips For Looking After Your Boots

1. Scrub clean


After a trip, take a moment to wash off any mud and grit that has accumulated with warm water and a semi-stiff brush - no detergents!

2. Re-proof them regularly


Use Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof or a suitable substitute to treat your boots after every couple of wears, to keep them performing at their best.

3. Avoid softening uppers


To avoid your boots losing their shape, care should be taken to avoid excessively softening leather uppers. This means do not soak the boots in warm water during washing or use products which are intended to soften leather.

4. Absorb all moisture


If your boots get really wet, stuff them with newspaper or use Absorba Balls to help draw out moisture, maintain their shape and prevent odour.

5. Dry carefully


Never place your boots next to a direct heat source, as this can cause the upper to crack. Allow them to dry naturally in a warm room or outdoors.

6. Check for wear


Occasionally check your soles for signs of wear. If you notice you are losing grip, you may want to have the sole replaced. If the boot uppers are damaged, this is likely to compromise their waterproofing, and it may be time to replace them.

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