Footwear Care Part Two
Leather, suede or nubuck are all natural materials and need a bit of TLC. Regular cleaning, re-proofing & conditioning helps extend the life of your favourite boots and helps the Gore Tex membrane to breathe sweat away.
Don.t leave boots caked in mud for days after a walk. Mud is best removed while it is still wet. If left to dry on, grit can work its way in, damaging the leather fibres and drawing out the natural oils causing the leather to dry out and split.
Rinse the upper of the boot under the cold tap and scrub with a nail brush or dish-washing brush to remove dirt.
After rinsing apply a soap-based footwear cleaner to remove stubborn dirt and stains.
Rinse off the soap and pat dry with a clean cloth.
Smooth leather should be conditioned once or twice a year to keep it flexible and to prevent cracks and splits forming in the leather.
A water-based conditioner applied to the boot while it is still damp after cleaning will soak deep into the leather.
Focus on where the leather bends most (across the toes, around the ankle and the tongue).
Proofing the upper helps keep boots drier and allows liners such as Gore Tex® to breathe sweat away, keeping your feet more comfortable. It also locks in oils and helps boots last longer.
Apply a light coat of a water-based proofer to the cleaned, damp areas of the boot and lightly work in.
After a 2-3 mins wipe off any excess. Apply a little and often for best results.
What About Wax?
Wax or dubbin has been the traditional choice in the past for smooth leathers. However;
Don.t wax a Gore Tex® lined boot . you.ll reduce the breathability. Use a water-based proofer instead.
Only wax a clean dry boot.
Always wipe off excess wax as dirt can stick to it.
A well ventilated spot at normal room temperature is best.
Keep away from radiators and airing cupboards.
After drying, put back the insoles and laces and your boots will be ready for your next adventure. Happy walking!
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