The most excellent method to keep clean suede combat boots is day-to-day maintenance and spot cleaning with the right tools. Wipe down your boots daily, and remove stains as soon as possible with ingredients like dish soap, baby powder, or vinegar. Keep boots cool and dry, and hand washes the inside when required.
Cleaning your boots when they are dirty is not only important for the smell but also to sustain comfort and increase the lifespan of your boots. The method shown in this blog works both for leather tactical or hiking boots as well as for tactical or hiking boots made from a combination of synthetic and suede materials.
1. Always take out your soles to let them dry after usage.
2. When your tactical or combat boots are dirty, clean the mud off with water.
3. Dirty or not, always let your tactical or hiking boots dry after usage.
4. Make use of a wooden shoe tree to prolong the lifespan of your boots. This will absorb the moisture within and will keep your boots in shape. It can also purpose as a nifty handle for cleaning your boots later.
Check your soles
Once you have achieved perfectly broken-in boots, you may be tempted to just hang on to them until you retire to avoid the hassle again. Though, while most boots shafts are made to last for what seems like an eternity if you want the right pair, your soles are a different matter.
Soles are usually made with durability and performance in mind in matters such as superior traction and shock abortion, but they can also take quite a beating bearing those burdens. Many combat boots have the advantage of replaceable soles.
If you have that type of boot, part of your military boot care is to check your sole. A worn-down sole isn’t going to do you much good on the field so make sure you still have good traction and the rubber isn’t worn down to the outsole.
What You Need
- A Suede Cleaner
- Suede Conditioner
- Dishwashing Liquid
- A suede remover or art gum eraser
- Cornstarch, foot powder, or baby powder
- Saddle soap
- Baking soda
- Anti-fungal spray (optional)
- Soft-bristled brush
- Old toothbrush
- Soft Cloth
Cleaning Your Boots Instructions
1. Brush Away Soil Daily
Daily cleaning is easy. Use the soft brush or a soft cloth to delicately brush off dirt and dust. In a pinch, you can even use an old toothbrush(Some type of worn brush that you can’t use). Even with a full-size brush, the toothbrush is handy for cleaning tiny areas around the eyelets and sole tread.
2. Air-Dry Properly Daily
The boots are made from water-resistant stuff but can still become damp or wet due to perspiration or water entering through the top of the boot or the eyelets. If the boots are wet, always allow them to air dry away from excessive heat, including direct sunlight, hairdryers, or heating vents.
3. Remove Mud Stains
If the boots get mud stains, allow the mud to dry fully. Take the large brush and scrub off a large amount of soil. If stains remain, mix 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water, blending well.
Dampen a sponge or soft cloth with the solution and clear away any excess dirt on the nylon or suede. Avoid using hard cleaners that are alcohol or oil-based. The alcohol will dry out the leather and the oil-based cleansers will leave spots on the boots.
After cleaning away the mud, clean the boots down with plain water and permit them to air dry.
4. Remove Scuff Marks
For scuff marks, there are suede erasers or suede stones that you can buy. Use a light touch and rub back and forth a couple of times to remove the scuff. Do not scrub densely or the texture will be removed and cannot be repaired. An art gum eraser can also remove scuffs and extremely rough areas on the suede.
5. Remove Oil Stains
For oil stains, sprinkle the stained area with baking soda, corn starch, foot powder, or baby powder to absorb the oil. Permit the powder to sit for at least twenty five minutes and then brush away with the soft brush. Repeat if traces of oil remain.
6. Wash Bootlaces
If the bootlaces require cleaning, this a great time to wash them as well. While bootlaces can go into a washing machine, hand washing is more comfortable and you are less likely to lose either of them.
Mix a solution of hot water and a little bit of dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent. Put the laces into soak for at least 20 minutes. Squeeze the soapy water through them and then rinse in clean water.
Hang to air dry.
7. Clean the Interior of the Boots
It’s necessary to keep the interior of the boots clean as well, largely for your convenience and foot health. Primary, remove the insoles from the boots and allow them to air dry.
If you feel the insoles need to be washed, always hand wash with a gentle soap like saddle soap. Never put them in a washing machine—the agitation from the spin cycle can destroy their shape. So apply this instruction to clean the interior of your boots.
Lastly, use a soft cloth and the dishwashing soap/water mixture to wipe down the interior of the boots. Follow up with a wipe down with plain water and enable the boots to air dry. If the athlete’s foot is a problem, spray the inside of the boot with an anti-fungal spray.
CLEANING YOUR TOOLS
- The common leather brush can be cleaned with water.
- The nubuck gum and crepe brush can be cleaned with a piece of fine sandpaper.
Enjoy your clean boots next time you go into the field.
- Remove stains right away to keep them from setting in.
- Avoid using oil or alcohol-based cleaning products on your combat boots, which can damage leather.
- Do not apply a shoe polish to combat boots.
- In a pinch, use baby wipes to clean the surface of your boots quickly.
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