How to Care for Your New Boots
Caring for your boots can drastically increase their life allowing you to wear them for years.
Wipe off Dust & Dirt then Apply Cleaners and Conditioners
Remember that leather is a skin and requires a bit of care every so often. First, it’s always important to wipe off any loose dust and dried-on dirt from your boots with a damp cloth before applying any sort of cleaner and conditioner. After you have wiped the boots off now you can apply a liquid or cream-based cleaner like Bick 1. Bick 1 is a more aggressive cleaner that will help remove water spots and other light stains that may set into the leather. Allow your boots to dry naturally before applying any sort of conditioner. After you have used a more aggressive cleaner like Bick 1 it is recommended to apply a conditioner.
With a clean cloth apply a cream or liquid conditioner working it into the leather. Once again allow your boots to dry naturally after applying your leather conditioner. Our favorite, Bick 4, conditioner works in tandem with Bick 1. Both Bick 1 and Bick 4 are non-darkening formulas and will not change the natural color of your boots. We also carry an all-in-one product called Blackrock Leather N’ Rich which both cleans and conditions without changing the color of the boots. We do carry a few specialized cleaners and conditioners designed for specific leather types which include: Suede and Nubuck Cleaner and the Apache Cream.
Polish & Buff for a High Shine
After the conditioner has dried, if you desire a buffed finish to your boots, now would be the time to apply a polish to your boots. You’ll want to find a boot polish (cream) close in color to your boots. Apply the boot polish evenly over the entire boot with a clean cloth. Then take a buffing brush (soft-bristled brush) and brush the entire boot vigorously until you achieve your preferred shine.
Protect them from the Elements
Being in the Mid-west and around water often, we highly recommend applying a waterproofer/stain repellent to your boots. Whatever waterproofing agent you choose make sure it is non-silicon-based. Silicon-based waterproofer will seal the leather causing it to dry out over time. Our favorite is Gard-More from Bickmore. It is a non-darkening formula and also protects against salts stains, whether that be from Mid-west winters or sweat. Gard-more also works on wool or fur felt hats. Finally, an all-in-one option is Mink Oil. Mink Oil will both condition and waterproof at the same time, however, Mink Oil does tend to darken leather over time.
Reptile Skins Cleaner
We do offer a special cleaner designed for reptile skins – Boot Doctor Reptile Cleaner & Conditioner – which is designed to be safe for all reptile skin boots. It both polishes and cleans at the same time. For a higher shine on Teju Lizard or Caimon alligator boots we recommend you use a colored polish matching the color of your boots.