HIKING BOOT CLEANING AND CARE
Hiking Boot Cleaning and Care
Just like any other piece of outdoor equipment, your shoes don’t function like they should when they’re caked in mud. But if you stay on top of it, cleaning your boots will help them last longer and keep your feet more comfortable on your next adventure.
Tools You’ll Need
The first step is to completely remove the laces and then follow the directions on your boot cleaner. Most cleaning solutions are pretty self explanatory, but it’s good to check them out just in case. After you’re done scrubbing your shoes, give them a good rinse with clean water to remove any excess dirt and soap.
Never put your boots in the washing machine, boots that go into the washer don’t always come out the same as they went in. Washing machines are definitely easier that manually washing your shoes, but it can damage the materials and cause shrinkage in weird places.
Once your boots are clean you’ll want to set them aside to dry, but be sure to take out the insoles and let them dry separately. Don’t use any heat to dry your boots quicker, this can weaken the construction of your boots causing them to wear out faster than they should. If you need your boots to dry faster you can put them in front of a fan or fill the toes with paper to help soak up moisture.