Military Boots Care Guide

Military Boots Care Guide

You put your boots through some pretty rough tasks when you're in the field or on duty. Make sure they can stand the wear and tear by cleaning them effectively. As one of your most important pieces of equipment when you're on the job, they deserve the utmost attention to care so that they can keep working hard. The material of your boots will dictate how you clean and care for them. Follow the instructions below that best fit the description of your boots.

Rough-Leather Boots

  1. Remove the boot's insole. Don't throw it in the washing machine, but feel free to handwash it. Additionally, cleaning your boots is easier if you remove the shoe laces.
  2. Remove any dirt residue with a stiff bristle scrub brush. This will brush away loose dirt and debris.
  3. Using warm water and a mild detergent, scrub the boot's leather and nylon fabric lightly with a soft brush. This should remove any excess grime.
  4. Clean any small cracks and crevices with a small, soft-bristle toothbrush dipped in the water/detergent solution.
  5. Dry off any remaining moisture with a clean, dry cloth.
  6. Let them air dry. Don't try to expedite the drying process by exposing the boots to intense heat (such as a hair dryer) because this might damage the materials.

Smooth-Leather Boots

  1. Remove the boot's insole. Don't throw it in the washing machine, but feel free to handwash it. Additionally, cleaning your boots is easier if you remove the shoe laces.
  2. Using a soft bristle brush, remove any loose dirt that is on the boot.
  3. For any nylon fabric on the boot, use a soft brush dipped in warm water and detergent to get rid of excess dirt.
  4. To shine the smooth leather, use a light coat of polish to buff the boot to uniform appearance. Make sure you apply the polish evenly to the boot's surface.
  5. Let the boots air dry. Don't try to expedite the drying process by exposing the boots to intense heat (such as a hair dryer) because this might damage the materials.

Hi-Gloss Boots

Hi-gloss boots don't require the traditional shoe shine because of the porous material they are made with. This synthetic leather needs a different sort of shoe care. Use a poromeric cleaner to keep your shoes looking sharp. Simply follow the directions on the cleaner of your choice.