CLEAN, POLISHING AND PROTECTING
Maintenance of leather footwear is essential. It effects the fit, look, and longevity of the boots. Taking the time to invest in the right tools is important and will save you money in the long run. Taking good care of what you love means you get to enjoy it for many years.
First, clean with a coarse brush and knock away any heavy debris. If cleaning suede, we recommend only using this process without any water or cleaner to avoid discoloration. If using a finished leather you can use water or a cleaner, yet do so sparingly.
Once the dust and dirt is removed, you can now apply a coat of conditioner. You can do this with a brush or non-shedding cotton cloth. To apply, coat one boot evenly then let dry while you apply to the other. Once you are finished, return to the first boot and begin to brush the boot briskly with a horse hair brush to create some heat and sealing in the conditioning agent. Repeat on second boot.
Now you can apply a polish in a color that matches the leather material of your boots or footwear. (Note- if your boots have elaborate inlay work or stitching in a variety of colors it is best to avoid colored polished in these areas). Apply polish in the same manner that you applied the conditioner mentioned above.
For heavily oiled leathers you can use higher concentrated materials such as Saddle Soap to penetrate deeper and leave a heaver residual layer of oil on the boot. This is usually something that work boots and oil tanned snake boots require.
Storing the boot properly is important and doesn't involve very much effort. Letting your boots "rest" between wears reduces wear from within the boot, allowing the boot to dry out properly from sweat. Cedar boot trees are a vital accessory for two reasons: ONE- they are made of cedar wood, which wicks away any excess sweat. TWO- they ensure that a proper shape is maintained, therefore preventing heavy wrinkles and cracking.
Store your boots clean and polished if needed. Brush away any dirt and debris from the boot and insert a cedar boot tree, then place them into a boot bag or sock. This is done to avoid dust settling on the boots, which in some cases can cause discoloration.
While traveling, use the storage methods listed above.
The process discussed above works well on any leather accessory, including belts and wallets. However, when polishing a belt, we recommend that the back side that faces the clothing be untouched. This is encouraged to avoid staining the pant or garment. Staining occurs when sweat or moisture mixes with polish or conditioner and then transfers to the garment.
Protection and care for your leather footwear are dependent upon the processes and practices listed above. They will ensure you get the most out of every mile and every memory you make in your boots.
All of the products mentioned above are available in our store. Horse hair brushes, cedar boot trees, polishes and creams.