Boot season seems to go year round, but now is the time when your boots usually get the biggest workout. From tactical exercises to outdoor adventures, it’s important to have your boots ready to go, no matter what mission you may be sent on. To keep your boots looking in their best possible shape, be sure to follow some of these basics of boot care. Cleaning up your military boots, combat boots, or hiking boots has never been easier than with these tips.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind when caring for your boots:
For Olive, Sage Green, and Desert Tan Military Boots and Tactical Boots: Start by brushing off any excess dirt with a soft bristle brush. Then, use warm water and a soft brush to clean any nylon fabric. Do not polish these boots or use any kind of soap! Once you’ve given them a good cleaning, let them air dry naturally. Do not expose to intense heat* to make them dry faster – they’ll be fine on their own.
For Black and Brown Military Boots and Tactical Boots: Start by removing dirt with a soft bristle brush and then, buff the leather with a high quality polish. Apply the polish directly to the leather and then buff until it looks uniform. However, be careful – excessive polish can affect the breathability so use a little bit at a time. If there’s nylon fabric, use the soft brush with warm water approach to get it clean. Do not add polish to the nylon fabric! Finally, let the boots dry at room temperature naturally. Do not expose to intense heat* or use soap on these boots.
- NOTE: What’s intense or excessive heat? Military boots and tactical boots should not be exposed to any outside heating source to dry, as it may damage the materials. Do not try to get your boots to dry faster after cleaning by using a hair dryer, heating vents, stoves, etc.
For Hiking Boots, Work Boots, or Hunting Boots: Clean your boots after every hike if you can. To do this, use a soft bristle brush to remove any excess dirt or debris. Then, use warm water and a soft brush to clean. Be sure to remove the insoles or inserts to help with faster drying. Do not expose to any intense or excessive heat – only let these boots dry naturally. If needed, you may want to add a waterproofing treatment to restore water resistance of your hiking boots or work boots or hunting boots over time. Do not use soap on your boots to clean them!
Additional Tips: Need a tougher cleaner than just warm water? Do not use soap to clean your boots. Instead, use a water-soluble cleaning product only – and use sparingly. Depending on what type of boot you have, you also want to consider using a conditioner (used with full-grain leather boots to keep the leather from appearing cracked or dry). As always, follow the manufacturer’s directions for any care or cleaning.
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