How to Save and Clean Timberland Boots – You who are a Timberland fan know the value that a high-quality footwear, made with the finest materials and skilled manpower, has. A Timberland boot, like our world famous Yellow Boot, is made to last, last a lot, even when used in the most adverse conditions. But for your Timberland boot, sneakers, or shoe to last for many years with the new look, you also have to take good care of it! The cleaning and conservation of your shoes are essential for you to enjoy them to the fullest and the money you invested in it will yield more. Therefore, we will give you all the conservation tips for your shoes, with special emphasis on how to take care of your hiking boots before, during and after the trail. Come on?
First of all, it is important to remember that Timberland does not recommend the use of cleaning chemicals and will not take responsibility if shoes are damaged.
How To Care for Your Hiking Boot
- When you buy a new boot, the first thing to do is soften it. Start using it on shorter walks, close to the home itself, and increase the distances. When they are well shaped and your foot does not hurt or create bubbles, they are ready for the trail!
- Before taking the trail, take a good look at your boot to see if it is in perfect condition. Check for cracks in leather or other materials, loose soles or soles, loose seams, dirt or debris inside the boot, whether the ends of the shoelaces or the drawers are worn.
- After each day of hiking, clean your boot, shaking it upside down to remove the pebbles, sticks, dirt and other debris that came in during the trail. Tap the pair of boots together to remove the external item and use a twig, pocket knife or another sharp object to remove all the clay that has accumulated on the sole.
- If they are wet, let it dry overnight. You can put newspaper inside to keep it in shape. But beware: never dry leather boots under the direct sun or in front of the campfire, the heat can crack the leather. If your walk is in a humid place, take dry socks with reserves and go changing during the day to decrease the moisture of the boot.
- After returning from the trip, you will have to do a “complete” cleaning on the boot. After removing the “thick” dirt as above, wipe with warm water to wipe the inside of the boot, removing salt and other debris from perspiration. On the outside, wipe with a damp sponge and then with a dry cloth. Caution: do not use any chemicals to clean leather! Then you can pass a grease on the color of the leather to keep it greased and beautiful.
Now you already know how to take care of your hiking boots! Check out below tips for cleaning other types of footwear and dirt.
How to clean shoes smeared with oil and grease?
- In this case, the use of sandpaper, rubber crepe or pumice stones can be effective. This process works by removing fibers from the leather, so care must be taken not to create spaces without plush and excavated.
- If the shoe has become rigid and rough, wipe a cloth moistened with paraffin oil. If the leather has become hard, wipe it with a thin coat of Vaseline.
- If they stain with water, wait for them to dry and rub vigorously with a cloth of wool. Then apply only colorless grease and polish.
- Chamois should not be rubbed while wet. Let it dry and then brush or rub fine sandpaper.
How to clean dusty shoes?
- Brush lightly or wipe with a soft dry cloth.
How to clean slightly dirty footwear or with light mud stains?
- Remove with special bristle brushes
How to clean very dirty shoes?
In this case, it is difficult to restore the appearance of the footwear. It is best to scrape the dirt glued lightly with a blunt knife and then wipe with a damp cloth, letting it dry naturally.
Plain leather shoes:
- Avoid getting your shoe in contact with chemicals such as beverages, detergents, etc. This can cause irreversible blemishes.
- Do not use chemicals to clean shoes, just wipe them with a damp cloth and gently, as the dirt particles can damage the leather. Then use a dry flannel for polishing.
- Avoid wetting it and, if this occurs, remove excess water with a clean, dry cloth and allow it to dry naturally in a shady, airy place, otherwise, shoes may suffer damage to the leather and its structure.
- Grease the shoes with a quality mousse in its original color, at least twice a month. This mousse should be applied over the entire surface of the footwear by polishing with a soft cloth or brush, in quick and light movements.
- Shoes with varnish or synthetic materials:
Remove dirt or stain by wiping lightly with a damp cloth. For luster, apply luster or colorless waxes for shoes.
Suede or nubuck shoes:
- Dirty or muddy shoes should be cleaned with light strokes using special hard bristle brushes.
- They should be cleaned by hand with warm water, gently wiping with a damp cloth. After drying, gently brush to condition the fibers. Do not use chemicals for cleaning.
- If it is necessary to standardize or restore color, use products that allow these shoes to be renewed, following carefully their instructions for use.
- Clean dirt with mild soap using a soft brush or sponge. Avoid immersing in water.
Footwear with rubber materials (soles):
- Avoid exposing footwear to this material in the light and heat of the sun. In addition to softening and possibly deforming, the rubber may have the coloration altered.
- Wipe the dirt off the rubber with mild soap and a thick bristle brush.