How To Take Care Of Your Boots?

How To Take Care Of Your Boots

For any person, his clothes and other wearable items are valuable for him. Your work boots are your assets, and it is worth learning how to take care your boots.

Cleaning your boots require minimum efforts, and ensure their longer life. Of course, regular maintenance of anything would extend its life.

It involves removing dust, dirt and using a leather conditioner that make them shining and preserves the original leather of your boots. Because there are different types of boots with different types of leather material. It means that each will have a different method of cleaning, but not difficult.

The most common type of leather material found is:

  • Cowhide Leather
  • Naked Finish Leather
  • Suede Leather
  • Pigskin
  • Patent Leathers
  • Micro Suede Leather

Let us teach you how to clean your boots, made from either of the leather mentioned above.

Cowhide Leather

It is usually the bull hide, goat, worn deer, copper kettle of the ranch leather. To clean your boots made from cowhide leather, follow these steps:

  • First of all, you have to remove the dust and dirt from the boot. Use a soft brush or a damp cloth.
  • ​Now apply a light coat of leather conditioner
  • ​You can also apply a thin coat of cream polish for sheen.
  • Finally, allow the coat to dry and you are done.

Naked Finish Leather

It is usually the deer tanned, toast Wyoming leather. To clean it:

  • Firstly remove the dust and dirt with a damp cloth.
  • ​Apply the conditioner, but a thin layer only.
  • ​Use non-silicone stain and water protector, and you are done.

Suede Leather

It is a snuffed finished like the Nuback or Nappa leather.

  • Take non-silicone stain and water protector, and apply a thin coat over the boot.
  • ​Afterwards, when dry remove the dust and dirt with the help of soft nylon brush.
  • You can use a thin layer of leather conditioner if necessary.


It is a smooth leather material like a cowhide. However, the leather is thin, and cleaning get more complex.

  • Remove the dust and dirt gently with a damp cloth.
  • ​Apply a thin coat of leather conditioner.
  • For sheen or polish, you can use a neutral cream polish.
  • You may also apply a non-silicone and water protector.

Patent Leather

For cleaning a patent leather work boot, follow the below instructions.

  • Remove the dust and dirt with a soft brush or a damp cloth.
  • Then directly spray the boots with non-silicone and a water protector.
  • Avoid using the leather conditioner.
  • Once the spray is dry, again use a damp cloth or soft brush to clean further and give it sheen.

Micro Suede Leather

These are the synthetic materials, yet are exotic leather.

  • Without cleaning the boots, spray a non-silicone and water protector.
  • Then clean with a brush or a damp cloth. Always do it with a gentle move of the hand.
  • Now, use a leather conditioner, and apply a thin coat two times. Allow the boots to get dry during the coats.

I hope that now you can easily take care of your boots. For additional precautions, you must avoid putting heavy loads on your boots.

Leave a Comment:

Kendall Ryder says August 12, 2016

I didn’t realize that there are such things as leather conditioners. I will have to invest in some since I love taking care of my boots. I like keeping all of my shoes in the best condition they can be, and I bet that leather conditioner will really help keep them looking great!

Tactical Boots says January 11, 2017

Very informative article mate. Honestly speaking, I thought all the leather boots are same to take care in the same way. But I was wrong. Hope that next time I will choose the right process.

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