How to Clean Boots
Boots are a popular clothing item and there’s a good reason for it — they’re comfortable, durable, and come in a lot of different styles. But depending on the type of material your boots are made out of, the cleaning process can differ.
Because of that, 5-Minute Crafts wrote a quick and easy guide on how to clean different types of boots.
1. Leather boots
- Start by removing the shoelaces (if any), soles, and inserts.
- Brush off the loose dirt from the boots with a horsehair brush or a soft cotton cloth. Make sure you’re rigorous and brush every part of the boot, including the corners.
- Get a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of soap, and mix. Dip a cotton cloth or a toothbrush in the soapy water solution and wipe it over the boots in a circular manner. Be thorough and get in all the nooks and crannies of the boots to remove the dirt.
- Now, wipe the solution off the boots with a clean damp cloth and let them air dry (you can also use a blow dryer or a fan).
2. Suede boots
- Begin by using a suede brush (a nail brush or toothbrush works too) to remove dirt and debris from the boots while using gentle strokes. Don’t forget to brush in the same direction the suede naturally goes in.
- For the remaining marks, use constant back and forth pressure, preferably with a suede eraser but a regular eraser works fine as well.
- If your suede boots have a particular stain that doesn’t budge, you can try rubbing alcohol or white vinegar. Just dip the corner of a cloth in vinegar or rubbing alcohol and gently massage it on the stain while being careful to not soak the suede.
3. UGG boots
- First, wipe any loose dirt and debris with a suede brush. For stubborn stains, use a suede eraser.
- Mix 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar in a bowl.
- Dip a damp cloth into the mixture and gently wipe any stains your boots have. After that, get another damp cloth and wipe the vinegar solution off.
- Lastly, place them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Because these boots don’t have a lot of structure, stuff the inside with some paper or towels to help them keep their shape while drying.
4. Timberland boots
- Start by removing the shoelaces.
- Wipe off all the dirt and mud with a microfiber towel. For deep stains, use a suede eraser.
- Next, get a suede cleaner and apply it all over the boot with a horsehair brush or a cloth. Wipe the boots in a circular motion.
- For the sole, use a more stiff brush or even a toothbrush to get all the dirt out. Remove as much of the cleaner as you’re able to. Allow the boots to dry for 24 hours.
5. Rain boots
- Grab a sponge or towel and some shoe cleaner (dish soap can also work).
- Wipe the boots in circular motions, including over any stains.
- For that white film that forms over rubber (called bloom), pour a little olive oil on a towel and wipe the boots.
- Rinse them with water and let them air dry.
Note: Rain boots are easy to clean because they’re made out of rubber and intended to endure exposure to water.