It’s January, so by now you will have had your winter boots out for quite some time but they might be beginning to look a little tired and in need of a bit of TLC. To help you out, we’ve came up with five tips that you can use right now to make sure your boots look their best the rest of the winter.
Clean off salt stains as soon as you can
Snow and ice means salt. It is great for making sure that you don’t fall in slippery conditions, but salt doesn’t look so great on your boots. The easiest and best way to remove any salt stain is to use a wipe to get rid of it before it dries, but if you don’t spot it until later then a soft cloth and equal parts mix of vinegar and water should do the trick.
Get rid of scuffs
We’ve all been there. Your first trip out during the winter in your boots and you get home to find that the toes are already scuffed. Fortunately this can be easily rectified using a soft cloth, water and a dab of baking soda. Take it nice and slow, rubbing the scuffed area until you can no longer see it!
Take your time when drying your boots
You could be forgiven for thinking that direct heat is your friend when your boots are soaking wet, however placing your boots in front of an open fire or on a radiator can cause them to crack. If you need to dry your boots then patience is key. Place them in a dry, warm area and just wait. If you’re worried about losing shape then grab some old newspaper and stuff your boots with it while they dry.
Make them sparkle!
There are wipes out there for everything, even your boots! Pick up a suitable pack of shoe shine wipes and give your boots a regular clean using them. This will not only make sure that your boots look good, but protect them too!
Make sure you store them correctly
At the end of the winter it can be tempting to put your boots in a plastic bag and throw them in the back of the cupboard, but if boots aren’t stored correctly then they may end up in a fairly sorry state when you retrieve them next winter. Make sure you store your leather boots in a pillowcase or fabric bag, so that they can breathe. Use a plastic bag and they could get mouldy.
Remember, before you use any cleaning product on your boots test them on a very small area first! Many manufacturers will be able to recommend the exact type of product you should use when cleaning your boot, so if in doubt contact them.
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