Boots look gorgeous in fashion, comfortable in walking, and perfect in our work area. To be able to achieve this, you need to do a proper cleaning to the boots. Most boots are made of leather, and therefore they need leather liquid and soaps to clean them. However, on some occasions, you need to dust them off to have a good brushing.
Boot cleaning involves two significant areas, external cleaning and internal cleaning. The exterior cleaning consists of removing dust, mud, debris, and stains from the outer surface before polishing or brushing them. With internal, it involves the removal of odors from the boot to make it refreshed.
External cleaning involves the following steps,
Choose the best spot for cleaning
Cleaning begins from the area you choose to do your cleaning process from. Choose a place that you are not worried about wet or dirt when cleaning. You can lay down your newspapers inside your room and work from there.
Untie the laces and remove them from the boot if they are there. They may make you not reach all the crevices or nooks within your shoes. If the boots have zippers, open them because some dust hides behind the zippers, and they need to be cleaned.
Wiping off dirt using a soft brush
using a soft-bristled brush or soft piece of cloth, gently wipe the whole boot surface to remove dirt, light stains, and dust from the boots. Worry not about the stains; you can remove them later.
With tan and brown shoes, you need to pay attention to them because dirt and dust are not visible, so you need to take time cleaning them. Ensure you have cleaned the tongue part if your boots are lace made and also behind the laces. Hit the strip of the leather if your shoes had zippers.
Use leather cleaners if your boots are leather made
Most leather boots require some typical leather cleaners. Buy the leather cleaners from the shoe stores or a particular boot designer. Some boots go with typical cleaner recommendations from the manufacturer; check that before applying any boot cleaner.
Use a special brush for suede boots.
Suede boots don’t get wet, and they should not be cleaned with the standard cleaners. Get the suede brush and rub it on the suede surface to clean them. When rubbing, use up-and-down and back-and-forth motions when you clean them. Gentle circular motion can also be used. Don’t be too rough to the suede because it might wear off.
Dampen a cloth or brush
Some boot cleaners come with a soap form or saddle soap, so to use them, rub a damp cloth over the soap. Make a light flap by rubbing the sides of the cloth together. You need to use a soft cloth or a soft-bristled brush, and it should not be wet if it has to squeeze them out.
Pour the leather liquid cleaner on the damp cloth
Pour a small amount of the leather liquid cleaner onto your dampened cloth and rub the sides of the cloths together. Some liquid leather cleaners leave residue on the leather surface, in this case you can use a soap leather cleaner first. Please do not use too much liquid because it might be difficult for you to wipe away residue
Rub the leaner on the leather surface
Using a leather cloth, clean the surfaces by rubbing them across the entire surface of the boot in a circular motion. This will help to remove the residue of grime or dirt from the boots. Remember to lift the tongues to clean in the area. With the high-knee, clean the top part as well, including the extended leather lining.
Wipe the boots with a soft dry cloth
Leather cleaners are meant to soak into the leather material. There is no need to rinse it up with water; instead, use a dry cloth to wipe down the boots to remove any dirt from the surface. Do not use the same piece of cloth you used to clean with; a new dry soft cloth will work.
Removing stains and scuffs
Stains can make your boots look awkward, and therefore there is a need to remove them from the boots. There are various ways you can use to remove the stains. They include
- Use of dish soap and water
Dampen a soft cloth and use a bit of dish soap to make it lather. Rub the stained area with the soft cloth in a circular motion. Wipe the stained area with a different dry soft cloth. Be careful when you are using the dish soap; it may not work with all boots. If you feel worried about it, you can do some small tests and wait for the boot to dry to know if it will affect it.
- Remove salt stains with vinegar solution.
Make a solution of a tablespoon of white vinegar and a cup of water. Dip in a piece of soft cloth in the solution and wipe it over in the salt stain areas. Make sure that the soft cloth you are using is clean and free from stains. Use another dry soft clean cloth to wipe the remaining residue.
- Use of cornstarch to remove grease stains
With this method, ensure your boots are dry. On the oil spot area, cover it with healthy cornstarch. Allow it to stay there for about one hour or overnight. The cornstarch will absorb the grease or oil from the leather. Wipe off the cornstarch with a damp cloth with a small amount of dish soap.
This method can be used in both suede and leather-made boots. The process might not work with the first application, and therefore you can repeat it for the second time. Do not soak your boots with water; instead, use a slightly damp piece of dry cloth.
- Use of alcohol to remove ink stains
Alcohol can be good in removing ink stains from your leather boots. Pour some small amount of rubbing alcohol into a dry cotton ball. Rub the damp cotton ball on the ink stain spot in a small circular motion. Repeat the process up to when the stains are erased.
Do some spot tests to check the underneath hidden stains on the shoe. You can dab the alcohol on the spot and leave it there for 10 minutes. To make the surface restore moisture, condition the cleaned area with a leather conditioner after cleaning.
Conditioning the leather
To make the cleaning process complete, you need to condition the leather to restore moisture and look great. Conditioning the leather helps to prevent the boot from cracking or drying out. The process of conditioning includes
Apply leather conditioner
Once you have cleaned your leather boots and allowed them to dry in an open area, pour a small liquid leather conditioner into the clean, soft cloth. Rub the conditioner on the surfaces of the boot in a small circular motion. Allow the conditioner to dry and soak in. Use the conditioner wax or gels that it comes with.
Apply shoe polish
To make your boot have a smooth finish that is shining, you need to apply shoe polish. They will be polished to give you a minor-like look. Please choose the color for your boot; using a soft cloth, rub it on the leather surfaces. Rub it in a circular motion gently.
Internal boot cleaning
Internal boot cleaning involves the removal of odor smell from the boot. Wearing the boot always or wearing them when they are wet can make them develop an odor smell. To clean it, you need to pay attention to the insoles of the boot. Please take out the insoles and wash them with a detergent.
You can wash the interior with a damp cloth with a low PH shampoo. This will help to remove the smell from the boot. Once you do this, use a soft dry cloth to remove the shampoo residue from the boot. Allow the boot to dry in an open place for some time before returning the cleaned insoles.
You can also use baking soda to clean the odor smell from the boot. Pour some baking soda into the boot and let it stay there overnight. The baking soda helps to absorb the smell and lets the boot stay refreshed. In the morning, remove the baking soda residue from the boot. Allow it to dry out before you use the boot.
Cleaning our boots is vital. It not only makes the boot look shiny but also keeps our feet in a healthy condition. As we have seen, cleaning boots is a process that needs one to follow carefully to have a better result. Two areas need to be cleaned, external and internal parts of the boot.
You need to ensure that you have removed all the stains using the various methods we have discussed with external cleaning. Internal cleaning is simple and straightforward. I hope you will follow the steps we have highlighted for you to get the best result.