Owning a pair of leather boots is all the rage these days, but if you are looking to get the best out of these footwear, proper maintenance is required.
In this post, we'll be going through two popular ways of getting this done.
Just as it is with every other pair of shoes, your boots form the base of your outfit. This means that out of all the clothing items that you put on, there is a high chance that shoes will bear the brunt of all the injury. They make contact with the ground, taking up stuff like grime, dust, dirt, debris, and other substances.
All of this just means that you can't overstate how important it is to clean them. To do this, you will need the following:
- A piece of cloth
- A brush
- A rag that is a tad damp
- Some saddle soap
The first thing you will need to do is get rid of the boot laces, so you can clean the boots well. Wash the laces with some water to get them cleaned, or you could pretty get a new pair if they become worn out.
Put a piece of cloth on the table. Put the boots on them, and buff the leather with the brush. The objective here is to take off any loose dirt or particles that can end up damaging the leather. The best thing is for you to brush the boots whenever you out them on However, doing this at least once a month is fine as well.
Put the damp rag and rub it with your saddle soap until it makes a lather. Then, lightly rub it over the boots as you wish. Of course, make sure that you focus more on the areas where extra scrubbing is required.
Let the boots get dry by leaving them in the open for about 20 minutes. After that, you're all done!
While dirt isn't god for your boots, you also need to be wary of unconditioned leather materials. When water damage gets to boots, they dry out. The interweave weakens, and you get cracks all over your boots. When this happens, they're pretty much done.
However, conditioning is a great way to prevent this from happening in the first place. Here are the things you will need:
- Balm or leather conditioner
- An applicator brush
- Clean, dry tags
Start by rubbing the boots with a dry rag. It will help get any dirt particles off. Then, take your brush and use it to apply the balm or conditioner to the boots. Make sure you don't push down too hard but ensure that you use circular motions while applying it as well.
Also, while applying the conditioner, make sure that you use as many products as you need. Get off any excess product and let the boost dry for half an hour. Once you've allowed the boots to rest for a day, rub them down again with another rag to complete the cycle.
So, you see that maintaining boots isn't so difficult. When you get the hang of things, they become even easier.