How to Clean Walking Boots

Ben Conroy2 min readAdvice & Guides

Walking boots are made with strength and durability in mind, carefully crafted to hold up a strong defence against a variety of conditions. However, if you want your walking boots to hold their ground for years to come, just a little care and attention will help them go a long way and will extend the life of your favourite boots.

That’s why we’ve created this simple guide to help you keep on top of the muck. By following these simple steps on how to clean your walking boots, you could have them good as new in just 20 minutes!

Boot Cleaning What You'll Need

Step 1

First thing you’re going to want to do is remove any mud and dirt that is caked onto the boots. You should do this using a stiff brush. You shouldn’t need too much force to remove all this.

Step 2

Now remove the laces and inner sole so you can get to all the harder to reach spots. These can be washed separately, or simply just remove them and put them to one side for convenience if they don’t need much of a wash.

Step 3

Hold the walking boots under warm water and give them a scrub with a soft brush. To tackle the dirt that’s built up on them, throw in a little bit of washing up liquid or, even better, footwear cleaning product.

Step 4

Now simply rinse away the lather.

Step 5 (If you have waterproof or leather boots)

If you have waterproof or leather boots, they may need reproofing in order to upkeep the waterproof performance. To do this, simply take your boot proofer and make sure it completely covers the walking boot, remembering to focus around the stitching.

Step 6

After you’ve covered the boot with proofer, wait for a few moments and then wipe the walking boot down with a soft cloth to get rid of any excess.

Step 7

Stuff the boots with newspaper and then just leave them to dry naturally over the next few hours. Remember never to dry them in direct heat.

And there you have it, a fresh pair of clean walking boots!

Walking Boots

And that was the Millet’s guide on How to Clean Your Walking Boots. For more helpful information on how to get your walking boots up to scratch, check out our Instagram Story that’s filled with useful information to get you back on track. And also take a look through our range of Fabric cleaners and proofers today to find the right products for bringing your walking boots back to life, so that they look good with every step. 

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Ben is passionate about the beauty of the outdoors. Stargazing, sightseeing and outdoor photography hold a special place in his heart. Now that beauty is at risk he’s keen to take a stand to try and fight back against this Climate Crisis. In his free time, Ben is a music fanatic. If there’s one place you can find him, it’s at a festival. Plus, he plays guitar, bass and piano, as well as producing his own electronic & UK Garage tracks. He’s also a regular at every Wetherspoons in his local area, so if you ever see him around, pull up for a pint?
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