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A pair of well worn brown leather boots

How to Clean Leather Boots

If you own comfortable, rugged work boots, you might be disappointed that the leather has started to show signs of wear and tear. A little cleaning and conditioning every once in a while can help your investment last years longer. Just follow this guide on how to clean leather boots.

Best Way to Clean Leather Boots

  1. Remove the laces. If they’re dirty, add them to a batch of laundry. It’s also easy and inexpensive to replace boot laces.
  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. Spray down the interior: If the insides of your leather boots are smelly and dirty, remove the insoles and flush them out. Use this time to spray the soapy water off the exterior of the boot as well.
  5. Dry the boots: Remove as much water 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 a little in direct sunlight or with a hairdryer. The boots should remain comfortable to touch. (No heating is necessary if you use boot oil.)
  7. Condition the leather: This helps protect your footwear from stains and makes them shine. Apply boot oil, sealant, wax, or leather conditioner, following the directions on the packaging for guidance. Allow the leather to sit for 15 minutes. Then, buff the boots using a clean rag until they shine.

Remove Stains from Leather Boots

There’s nothing like a stain to spoil the appearance of your expensive leather boots. The warm, soapy water you used when cleaning your boots should have removed water stains. If other blemishes remain, restore your boots to like-new condition with these stain-removing tips:

  • Grease or oil stains: Sprinkle the spot with baking soda or cornstarch. Rub the powder in gently with a damp rag. Let it sit overnight, and then brush the residue off with a dry cloth.
  • Ink stains: Wet a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover and blot the stain. Avoid rubbing to prevent spreading the ink. Continue blotting until the stain disappears. Then, wipe with a damp cloth and dry with a towel.
  • Scuff marks: Apply a glob of non-gel toothpaste to the scuff and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe away the toothpaste with a damp cloth and dry with a towel.

Arrange Housekeeping Services with Molly Maid

Now that your leather boots look shiny and new, you may wish the rest of your house did as well. However, with your busy lifestyle, you may not have the time or energy to wipe, scrub, clean, dust, and disinfect. At the same time, you want to live in a clean house.

The solution to this dilemma is to call upon Molly Maid for skilled housekeeping. 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 assistance from our highly trained housekeepers.

Contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (800) 654-9647 today to arrange professional house cleaning services near you. If you have too many boots, Mr. Handyman - a fellow Neighborly company - can make a custom closet or laundry room organizer to store your collection.

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