Keep your fall and winter boots looking great no matter the weather—and for years to come—with these easy tips, including how to clean leather boots, how to waterproof leather and suede boots, how to store boots, and more.
How to Keep Boots Clean
Keeping your boots clean is the first step in preserving their polished look, since a clean surface will absorb polish and take to weatherproofing better than a dusty, dirty one.
Cleaning Leather Boots
Using a clean cotton cloth or towel (even a vegetable brush will work) to wipe leather boots clean. If you notice any dried water droplets, dirt or mud, use a wet paper towel to clean the mess, then follow up with a dry cloth, wiping away any remaining water.
Cleaning Suede Boots
If any liquid comes into contact with suede boots, gently pat the area dry with a clean cotton cloth or towel, then sprinkle a little talcum powder over the spot. Let the powder work its magic overnight, and brush it off the next morning with a suede brush (or a clean toothbrush). Never try to clean suede boots with water, which can have a negative effect on suede’s texture and color.