With a little TLC, it's not unusual for Blundstone Boots to last for years.
Our boots are crafted from the best available leathers and components, employing the expertise gained over 140-some years of boot making. Leather is a natural material so your boots will benefit from the following advice:
- If your boots get wet, stuff with newspaper to absorb the moisture and to keep the shape of the boot. Always dry them at room temperature – never with or by a heat source!
- To keep the boots weatherproof and pliable, you should dress the leather with a suitable wax based treatment after cleaning. We recommend the use of our Blundstone Oily + Waxy leather conditioner.
- Cleaning – A mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water is a perfect natural cleaner for your boots, especially effective for salt stains.
- Take care of your boots, and your boots will take care of you.
Blundstone boots require a little bit of care and maintenance to keep them performing for years and years. Below you will find specific information for the specific leathers and brands, but in general you simply need to clean and condition them occasionally. The frequency depends on what you are doing, and what conditions you are wearing them in.
Some clues that your boots need some attention: salt stains, colour fading, small cracks forming.
Cleaning your boots:
The best and least expensive way to clean your boots is with vinegar and water. We suggest one part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar solution on to your boots and wipe off with a clean lint-free cloth. Let dry and repeat as necessary. The vinegar acts to draw the minerals and dirt out of the leather, so some persistent salt stains may take a couple of treatments. Once you are satisfied that your boots are clean, they need to be conditioned.
Conditioning your boots:
In general, leather dries out over time, and natural oils need to be added back into the leather. Conditioning your boots revitalizes the leather and adds back suppleness and water-repellency. It will also rejuvenate the colour of your boots, bringing them back to a rich colour. We suggest using a natural product and avoiding products that are petroleum based like Dubbin. If you have a product at home that you are wondering if it’s okay to use, give us a call, or send us an email and we’ll give you our opinion.
Leather Blundstone boots:
The majority of Blundstone boots are made from a Greasy Kip Leather. This leather is treated at the factory to be as water-repellant as leather can be, without losing breathability. The boots are ready to wear the moment you buy them. To maintain the leather and the water-repellancy of the boots, clean them as necessary and every couple of months treat them with a natural leather conditioner.
Blundstone makes a Oily + Waxy Conditioner, that is great for a quick and easy clean up. It’s a pre-saturated sponge that will spruce up your boots in seconds. Great to keep in your bag or by the back door for giving your boots a quick once over.