Wednesday, March 26, 2014
How to Care for Hiking Boots.
Caring for your hiking boots is quite simple. If you've made a substantial investment, you'll want to get the most from it. Here are some things you should DO...and NOT DO when enjoying your boots. Get the answers you need for your boot care questions. What's the best way to clean my boots after using them? When should I waterproof my boots? How do I take care of leather boots? Remember whatever you do, keep your boots away from high heat like that from a campfire, a hair dryer, and even direct sunlight when they're not in use. We adapted the following guidelines from our Caring for Lowa Boots page which relies on some great manufacturer's tips and graphics from Lowa.
Thoroughly dry your boots.
Be patient. It is tempting to apply heat to speed this up...but you risk damaging your boots. Using a wax-cream, gently rub or polish (with a brush)
into the wax. The proprietary blend made by your boot's manufacturer works best as it should exactly match the treatment applied to the leather when you boots were crafted. (If your manufacturer doesn't have their own product you might ask yourself if they've made the boots to last.) This keeps the leather moisturized and prevents it from dryness, cracking, and hardening.
If you do use a hair-dryer
to accelerate drying only use it on low, and NEVER leave your boots on a
radiator, close to an oven, or in a car trunk. If your boots dry too
quickly or are exposed to extremely dry air it can
permanently damage the leather and there is no going back.