Water damage can be brutal to a nice pair of boots and wearing them in winter or spring can ruin them. Even though cowboy boots can weather wear-and-tear and difficult trails, improper care can cut short the lifespan of your boots. Proper care is especially important if you have suede boots.
Great material for making boots, suede is a supple and textured version of leather used in traditional shoemaking. Most people don’t know that suede is still leather, just turned inside out and rubbed to create that velvety-like texture. It’s a popular choice for men’s footwear because of its ability to keep your feet warm. Suede also adds fashion to any outfit. To know more about suede, you can check here.
One downside of wearing suede boots is that if they get wet, they can easily stain. Water also diminishes the integrity of the leather, ruining its shape. Here, we’ve put together a few ways to help you protect and waterproof your suede boots, so they’ll last for years.
Say no to plastic containers
Suede needs to breathe! Unlike other types of footwear, suede needs air exposure. It is best to store your boots in cotton pillowcases as this material promotes air circulation while protecting the boots from dust.
No direct sunlight
Store your boots in a cool, dry place. Placing them in direct sunlight can cause fading, while exposure to humidity can trigger dampness which could eventually lead to mildew. It is best to store them in your linen or clothes closet and avoid storing them in the garage or your basement where it can become warm or humid.
Professionally cleaned boots
Nothing compares to having professionals clean your boots. Professional cleaning will remove any traces of dirt that you missed and helps prevent future mold.
Waterproofing your suede boots
To protect your boots, use a water and stain protector made for suede. You need to do the following:
- Clean your boots using a dry rag or brush to remove any dirt.
- Make sure to check with the manufacturer to see if they suggest a protectant for their boots.
- Seal the boots by using a proofing spray. Depending on the product, make sure to follow the instructions, as it could affect the texture and color of the boots.
- You can then use a brush to restore the boots’ original finish.
Of course, you may not need to do this if you have a waterproof suede boot. Nowadays, there are 100% handcrafted suede boots with waterproof-tanned leather that you can take anywhere.
Talcum powder for stains
Having talcum powder in your bag can save your boots from stains. If you accidentally spill any liquid on the boots, you can pat the area with a clean, dry cloth and apply a layer of talcum powder. Allow it to set overnight, then brush it gently with a suede brush to remove the powder.
Using vinegar to treat stains
If the stain has dried, you can scrub away the stain using a suede brush, but make sure to avoid applying too much pressure. For hard-to-remove stains, a small amount of white vinegar and a cotton towel can help. All you need to do is moisten the cotton towel with a small amount of vinegar and blot the stain. To avoid spreading the stain, do not apply a lot of pressure. Make sure you always use the clean sections of the towel and repeat as necessary until the stain is gone. To know more about the other uses of vinegar, you can go to this link: https://homehacks.co/10-uses-for-white-vinegar/
No to water
Do not clean your boots with water. Doing so can change the texture and color of the leather. If you accidentally stain your boots and talcum powder does not work, then take them to a professional cleaner or a shoe repair shop.