Whatever the weather, tackle it all by cleaning and polishing your boots regularly.
When it comes to caring for leather boots, whether a classic Chelsea boot or the Timberland original 6-inch boot, never throw them in the washing machine. For suede, nubuck and canvas materials, be sure to clean and condition with speciality products made for the material. For more oiled, waxed, smooth and pebbled leather, a layer of polish can go a long way to lift scuff marks.
How do you clean walking boots?
The best way to clean walking boots is to hold them under warm water and scrub very gently with a soft brush. If your new boots are soaked in water stains, dampen the affected area to eradicate pesky watermarks by encouraging a uniform dry.
Remember to dislodge dirt before soaking your boots. For built-up grime, you can use a bit of washing up liquid or a relevant cleaning product as a solution. For salt stains, use a mixture of vinegar and water and then wipe away any surface residue. While grease stains are even more daunting, an absorbent powder can do the trick.
How do you clean white trainers?
Are you wondering how to get your trainers sparkling white again? White trainers can be tricky, but you can bring them back to life with a bit of cleaning liquid. Soon enough, your favourite pair of shoes will look like new.
- Step 1: Remove excess mud. Bang the soles together to remove excess dirt. For more stubborn clumps of mud, use a knife or horsehair brush to dislodge caked-on grime with ease.
- Step 2: Clean the surface. Gently wipe the surface of your trainers with a damp cloth and a drop of washing up liquid. For tougher stains, use a combination of baking soda and water, and work the paste onto the affected area.
- Step 3: Scrub rubber or leather soles. Wipe the soles of your shoes and the toecaps. For smooth surfaces, a simple cloth will suffice. For more textured rubber, try using an old toothbrush for a deeper clean.
- Step 4: Soak the laces. Brightening up the laces is key to a crisp, white look. Simply unthread from your trainers and soak separately in a strong cleaning solution for at least 15 minutes.
- Step 5: Air-dry naturally. Once you’ve restored your trainers to their original shine, stuff some newspaper or tissue into the shoes to soak up excess moisture.
- Step 6: Spray, protect, repeat. Before you head out the door, spray your shined shoes with a protector to keep them white on your next adventure.