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A Guide to Cleaning Leather Boots

A guide to cleaning leather boots and making leather conditioner

Winter is here and it’s time to take out your leather boots, but are they clean enough to wear?

Everyone loves a good pair of leather boots; they are good looking, durable and resistant to water. However, year after year, the boots become dirty and the leather starts to wear out, and that’s the tricky part.

While you still love your leather boots, dirt and cracks make you hate wearing them. Luckily, there’s a quick way to clean and repair your shoes at home.

First you need to start with removing the laces. If they are dirty, toss them into the washing machine, and if they are worn out, you better replace them.

Then you should use a soft brush or cloth to remove any dirt or debris stuck to the boots’ surface. Once you’re done with removing loose dirty, dip a soft cloth in a solution of mild soap and warm water, then use it to lather the boots.

Wipe your soapy shoes clean using a clean, damp cloth, then use a soft towel to dry the surface and leave them out to air dry.

Now comes the most important part to bring back that shine they had when you first bought them.

Even though buying leather conditioner from the store might be an easy option, the quicker way would be to make your own at home. Leather conditioner helps protect your boots from stains and adds that extra shine they had when they were brand new.

Mix one part vinegar and two parts linseed oil, dip a clean cloth, and apply to the entire surface of the shoe. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes, then rub it in thoroughly.

Your boots might be a little wet after this whole procedure, and will need to be air dried. Remember that sun and heat could cause the leather to fade and/or crack, so keep them in the shade.

Now you’ll have yourself old leather boots that look as good as new. Have a good winter!

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