Last Saturday the weather had finally lost its chill a bit and I decided to take a walk on the South Downs. However, it was still quite muddy and my boots took the brunt of it. So I spent the following day cleaning and restoring them to their original glory. I thought today I’d take you step by step through the process I used. So you too can ensure your boots stay in their prime and last a lifetime.
So to start off. After my walk I allowed the mud that had stuck to my De Winter Rockingham’s to dry for a couple of hours. After this I removed the laces and went at the boots with a sturdy rubber brush to remove the big clumps of mud as best as possible. I then washed the boots with warm soapy water and a sponge. After this step make sure you let the boots dry and a cool dry place away from any radiators. As this could cause the leather to crack.
After the boots had dried I went over them with some shoe cream. I used Collonil neutral shoe cream. This cream penetrates the leather just a bit deeper than a polish does and helps to keep the leather supple and prevents ageing. Once I had added the cream I then added the polish. For these boots, as they were fairly new I decided I didn’t need to put any colour back into them, so I used a neutral polish. To apply the polish I put a good amount onto my applicator brush and then applied to the boot in a circular motion. Making sure to get into the welt as this helps the boot be more water resistant. After applying the polish I left it overnight. You don’t have to leave it overnight, I did just because it was getting late. Finally, the following day at the office I used a soft brush and cloth to buff the polish and give the boots that nice shine.
So there you have it, a quick guide on how to clean and maintain your boots after quite a muddy walk. You can do these steps regularly skipping step 1, around once a month. Just to keep your boots looking pristine.