Cleaning Leather Boots

Pair of brown well-worn leather boots

Leather boots can be a significant purchase, but leather’s ability to be restored makes that investment well worth it. A little cleaning and conditioning every once in a while will make your favorite pair of leather boots last years longer.

Just follow this guide on how to clean leather boots.

Best Way to Clean Leather Boots

Follow these simple steps to bring your worn leather boots back to life:

  1. Remove the laces. If they’re dirty, add them to a load of laundry. If they’re getting worn out, measure the length and replace them. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to bring some new life to your boots!
  2. Remove crusty mud and dirt: Brush away loose debris with a soft cloth or stiff brush.
  3. Apply water and soap: Mix up a solution of warm water and dish soap in a small bowl. Dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe down the exterior surfaces of the boot.
  4. Rinse the boots: With a fresh cloth and clean water, gently rinse the soapy mixture from the boots.
  5. Dry the boots: Remove as much moisture as possible with an old towel. Then, allow the boots to dry slowly. Do this away from direct heat and sun to prevent the leather from fading or cracking. This may take up to 48 hours.
  6. Warm the boots slightly: To prepare the boots for conditioning, warm them in a little indirect sunlight or with a hair dryer. The boots should remain comfortable to touch. (No heating is necessary if you use boot oil.)
  7. Condition the leather: This protects your footwear from stains and makes them shine. Apply boot oil, sealant, wax or leather conditioner, following the directions on the packaging. Allow the leather to sit for 15 minutes. Then buff the boots with a clean rag until they shine!

How to Remove Stains From Leather Boots

There’s nothing like a stain to spoil the appearance of your expensive leather boots. Restore your boots to like-new condition with these stain-removing tips:

Water Stains on Leather

Remove water stains by following the steps outlined above using a mixture of dish soap and warm water to clean the leather.

Grease / Oil Stains on Leather

Sprinkle the stained leather with baking soda or cornstarch. Rub the powder in gently with a damp rag. Let it sit overnight then brush the residue off with a dry cloth.

Ink Stain on Leather

Wet a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover and blot the stain. Avoid rubbing, which can cause the ink to spread. Continue blotting until the stain disappears. Then wipe with a damp cloth, and dry with a clean towel.

Scuff Marks on Leather

Apply a small amount of non-gel toothpaste to the scuff and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe away the toothpaste with a damp cloth then dry with a towel.

Arrange Housekeeping Services With Molly Maid

If keeping the house clean is getting in the way of heading out to show off your fresh boots, Molly Maid can help with that, too! We tackle your most tedious tasks so you don’t have to.

Our services are flexible, allowing you to schedule an occasional cleaning or routine help from our highly trained housekeepers. Contact your local Molly Maid to arrange professional house cleaning services near you.