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How to Waterproof Military & Tactical Boots

Debating on whether or not it's time to reproof your tactical boots? There's one tell-tale sign to look for: lack of beading. If water is not visibility repelling from the surface, it's time to apply a waterproofing treatment. Over time, the waterproofing fades due to normal wear and tear or excessive use. There are many benefits to reproofing your boots, like ensuring your feet stay dry and comfortable, your boots remain durable and even stain resistance. That's why we created this simple step-by-step guide on how to waterproof your boots. We're going to cover the three most popular ways. Before we get started, it's important to note that you should remove all dirt and debris from the boots before waterproofing. Never apply any kind of waterproof treatment to dirty boots.

Method 1: Wax

Wax
  • The first method we're going to cover is waterproofing your boots using wax. This method works best on leather boots. You'll need two clean cloths, waterproof wax and a hairdryer.
  • First, gently warm your leather boots up with the hair dryer. This helps the leather absorb the wax. If the wax is hard, soften it by warming it up as well. Next, use a clean cloth to apply a thin, even layer of wax. Be sure not to neglect the welts and seams. If needed, apply multiple layers. Lastly, remove any excess wax and buff the boots with a dry cloth.

Method 2: Spray

Spray
  • The second method we're going to cover is waterproofing your boots using a spray. There are a wide variety of waterproof sprays made specifically for nubuck, suede, leather and other synthetic materials. You're ready to get started once you determine which spray is ideal for the material of your boots.
  • First, shake the can or bottle of spray. Next, hold the can or bottle about 6 inches away from the clean boots and apply an even, thin layer. Depending on the type of spray, you may need to apply multiple coats. Lastly, allow your boots to dry naturally at room temperature.

Method 3: Cream

Cream
  • The second method we're going to cover is waterproofing your boots using a spray. There are a wide variety of waterproof sprays made specifically for nubuck, suede, leather and other synthetic materials. You're ready to get started once you determine which spray is ideal for the material of your boots.
  • First, shake the can or bottle of spray. Next, hold the can or bottle about 6 inches away from the clean boots and apply an even, thin layer. Depending on the type of spray, you may need to apply multiple coats. Lastly, allow your boots to dry naturally at room temperature.

It's important to ensure the correct products are used on the correct boot materials, this information can typically be found on the label of whichever waterproofer you're using. If you're unsure what material your boots are made of, we recommend checking with the boot manufacturer. It's also important to note that you should never use direct heat, like a hairdryer, to dry your boots. You should allow your boots to air dry in a location that has low humidity, is ventilated and at room temperature.

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