When you finally bite the bullet and purchase that pair of boots you’ve had your eye on for several months, you expect them to look good for as long possible. But after just a short time, you notice they don’t quite have the same “shine” they once did even though you’ve been taking care of them.
You might be surprised to find out that even though you are taking care of them, there are a few sneaky things that could be ruining your boots.
5 Things That Are Ruining Your Boots:
1. Polishing Boots Too Often
We know you are proud of them and you want the leather to look the very best it can, but polishing too much clogs the pores of the leather. This makes it so that the leather can’t breath. Polish in moderation to keep leather in top shape.
2. Not Supporting The Shaft
When you aren’t wearing your boots, you need to store them with something to hold the shaft upright. If you don’t, the leather will break down much more quickly. Use a pool noodle cut into pieces for an inexpensive way to keep boots looking great.
3. Not Waterproofing your Boots
This is a must! Water is the worst enemy leather has. Not only will it stain your boots but constant exposure will break your leather down causing it to crack. Take care of your babies and waterproof them.
4. Waiting Too Long to Start Taking Care of Them
If you really want your boots to last, taking care of them before you first wear them is key. Don’t wait until they start looking a little rough or it’s too late.
5. Drying Boots With a Hair Dryer
We totally understand that you want the boots to dry quickly, but using a hair dryer will damage the leather. The hot, dry air can make the leather brittle which leaves it open to cracking.
Take care of your boots and they will take care of you!
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