Our winter shoes tend to get a lot of wear-and-tear due to the wet and cold weather. It is important to tend to your boots, properly clean them and store them in the same way you’d take care of a precious dress.
Here are some tips on cleaning and caring for your boots:
The first thing you have to do, is to determine the material your boots are made of, be it real leather, patent leather, rubber or suede.
First get rid of the dirt by wiping the boots with a dry cloth. You can lightly sand away tough stains with an emery board. If the nap of the suede seems a little flat, try ‘combing’ it with an old toothbrush.
Real leather boots
Using a dry cloth, gently scrub off any dirt on your boots. Use an old toothbrush to clean zippers and seams. Once you’ve removed all the dirt and sand, you can treat your boots with an oil or wax product. Use an old rag to apply the product and leave to dry.
Patent leather boots
Get rid of the dirt by wiping the boots with a damp cloth. Remove tougher marks by cleaning your boots with a cloth dipped in vegetable oil. It’ll give them a nice glossy finish too.
Dip a damp cloth in baking soda and rub your boots with it to remove any stains. Again, you can use an old toothbrush to properly clean the seams and even soles.
Tips for helping your boots maintain their shape:
1. Store them in their original boxes or buy pretty shoe boxes.
2. Stuff them with old newspapers or magazines. You can even put an empty wine bottle in each boot to prevent it from slumping over and creasing at the ankles.
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