How do you clean boots?


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To clean leather boots, gently wash the boots with saddle soap, then thoroughly dry them before conditioning and protecting. You need saddle soap, two damp cloths, a towel, a dry cloth or quick-drying sponge, leather conditioner and liquid silicone. For unfinished leather, use mink oil instead of leather conditioner.

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  1. Wash the boots

    Apply a dime-sized amount of saddle soap to a damp cloth. Be sure to use a saddle soap free of oils, dyes and artificial fragrances that can damage leather. Gently rub the soap all over the boots to lather them up.

  2. Dry the boots

    When the boots are completely clean, use a second damp cloth to completely remove all traces of lather and dirt. Rub the boots with a dry cloth or a quick-drying sponge until the leather shows evidence of shine. The boots should be partially dry at this point. Use a towel to help finish the drying process.

  3. Condition and protect boots

    When the leather is completely dry, apply leather conditioner, then cover the conditioner with a layer of liquid silicone to protect the finish. If your boots are unfinished leather, massage mink oil into all cracks and crevices, then wait for the leather to completely dry before wearing. The difference between finished leather and unfinished leather is that finished leather is smooth and tends to be shiny, while unfinished leather is matte and tends to look worn in.

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