You always want to stay with your work boot for an extended period as compared to other shoes. But still, you want it to look stunning even if you use it in muddy places.
The essence of a work boot is to protect your feet from any injuries, which is a two-way street – The boot take care of you, and you take care of the boot. Normally, when a work boot is taken care of, well, it lasts for more than three years in a stable condition.
The condition of your work boots says quite a bit about your personality and the environment that you work in. Taking better care of your work boots even if you work in harsh and unruly environments is not only pleasing but creates a better image of your work and personal ethics.
What you will Need
Here are a few items that you will need to clean your work boots with;
- Warm water
- Pencil eraser
- Dish washing soap
- Towel or clean rag
- Bristle brush
- Toothbrush (old)
- Baby wipes
- Suede cleaner
- A bucket
Steps in Cleaning Your Work Boot
Remove the shoelaces from the boot
Untie the laces of the boot so that you can be able to access every part of the shoe mostly the inside. Separating them with the boot gives you an opportunity to wash them using your washing machine, but it is not necessary, you can opt to use your hands by squeezing them firmly or clean them together with your clothes.
Clean out the dust and debris from the Boot
This is the time you use the scrubbing soft bristle brush mentioned above. Scrubbing off all the dust makes your cleaning work easier. Scrubbing off dust and debris means less time and effort in doing the actual cleaning.
Clean the sole
The sole is always one part which takes more time cleaning. Rinse it with water, give it a few minutes and then use the toothbrush and the dish soap to scrub off any mud or dirt. Scrub vigorously so that the bristles can remove all the dirty which might be deep inside the sole. Then you need warm water to rinse it and then dry it well with a towel.
Clean the outside
Moist the baby wipes and then rub the outside of the boot gently. The fabrics of the boot must be covered well with the baby wipes which means you should use as many as you can. If you do not have any baby wipes at hand a wet cloth with some dish washing liquid will also do the trick, just make sure not to get the leather on the shoes too wet.
What Cleaning Agents to Use on Which Types of Boots
Always use the designated cleaning detergent for your boot. Do not use chemicals or washing agents on your boots that are not specified because you can seriously damage the boot.
Clean with a foaming agent which is used to remove every stain on the work boot, though you must follow the instruction when applying it.
Clean with a particular cream, which comes with a special sponge for applying on the surface of the boot.
Keep your boot in a safe place to dry and avoid the strong direct sun because it can harden the leather and the boot will be very uncomfortable to wear. The next day pick up your boot and shine out.
How to clean leather boots – Video
Here’s a quick video on how to clean leather boots:
This information should solve all your boot cleaning issues. Take good care of your work boots as they are your protection against hazards.
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