How to Save Your Loyal Work Boots from Water Damage

Work boots are much like old workhorses. Old, loyal, and comfortable. They are on your feet 8 hours a day, day after day. As much as we want to just get them off and throw them away immediately as we get home, we should treat our boots like they deserve (for examples of good boots care tips click here) . Maintenance will prolong their life significantly.  There are just a couple of things to do. Never leave your boots dirty. Never leave your boots wet. Rotate two pairs, if possible.

My Wolverines

These simple tips prolong the life of the good ol’ boots significantly. After all, who wants to splash hundreds of dollars every few months to get new boots? Yeah, me neither. I used to prefer spending more money on boots and getting the most durable ones I can find, as they last me at least few years. The bad thing about them is that they inevitably require longer break in time. However, with my last purchase I did something different. I bought a pair of Wolverines as they were listed as one of the most comfortable work boots a man can find, and they required minimal break in time. I am yet to see how durable they are, but so far I am quite impressed. Spending more than a hundred bucks on boots means that I need to care for them a bit more.

One of the things you should we mentined was never to leave your boots wet. Water can easily damage boots beyond repair. Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend hours drying your work boots. With these easy steps, you will find that the process is quick and easy.

  1. Take the insoles out

Although this should be obvious, many colleagues don’t do it. If your boots have removable insoles, take them out and hang them to dry. Keep away from any sources of direct heat. Don’t throw them in the dryer. The most they can handle is a quick spin in the washing machine.

  1. Remove any dirt and mud

Make sure the boots are clean. Take a stiff brush and remove any much from them. If they are still dirty you can use a wet rag to clean them completely. If your boots are quite wet, remove their laces as well and let them dry

  1. Dry them with a newspaper

Get a thick old newspaper, rip the pages apart and fill in the boots. The newspaper will draw out the moisture much quicker. Although it is tempting, don’t expose your boots to any direct heat. Don’t leave them near the radiator, don’t put them under the air conditioner. If you let them dry on their own, you will significantly prolong their life.

Never ever, spin your boots in the washing machine. NEVER. Unless you really want to buy a shiny new ones and get a hell of a time while you are trying to break them in. Sure enough, you can do that with your canvass sneakers, but it will totally ruin your leather boots.

If you notice any salt stains after your dry them out, I’ve got you covered. Here is a great video detailing what you should to to get rid of the stains:


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