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The How-To Lounge: Cleaning Your Boots Before Winter

Since it's technically boot season, it's time to dust off last year's favorites and make them look like new again. For some tips on how to care for your leather boots, click here to

  • It's best to send your beloved shoes to a trusted cobbler as they are the pros.
  • Before you take the cleaning in your own hands, be sure to test a section of your boots to make sure you don't cause discoloration.
  • If you want to make them fresh yourself, your first order of business should be to deodorize your boots. Try rubbing a dryer sheet in the inside of your boots to neutralize the smell.
  • Remove dust with a dry but soft cloth.
  • Mix water with a mild soap like Dove and wipe your shoes with a damp cloth of that mixture. Do not use too much water as it's not good for your leather.
  • If you are cleaning patent leather, it's been said that in a pinch, you can remove fingerprints with a drop of vinegar mixed with warm water. Again, be sure to test a small patch before dousing the entire shoe.
  • Once you have cleaned away all your scuffs and nicks, wipe your shoes dry with a new dry cloth to prevent streak marks.
  • If your shoes need a sheen after cleaning, polish with a good quality leather polish.
  • If you haven't already weather treated your boots, be sure to do so before the first rain hits.

I hope these tips help, and happy boot season!


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