When you should clean your boots depends on the type of boots you have. They are trail running, technical scrambling, trail, off-trail, mountaineering, winter, and water shoes. Most average individuals will own a winter and water shoes type of boots.

Winter boots are like trail boots but have been modified for use in the winter. They usually have a higher ankle to keep snow out and offer added protection. Insulation, to help keep you warm. A waterproof membrane to help keep you dry and increased traction for a better grip when walking on snow and ice. For these types of boots, you can tell there is a lot going on which means there are a of things to consider when cleaning your boots.

Same goes for water shoes boots. They were designed for wet conditions in mind such as river crossings, fishing, paddling, etc. Small holes and mesh uppers allow these types of boots to have good drainage. They are usually made with materials that dry quickly.

So when should you clean your boots? You should take your boots to a professional dry cleaner if your boots need or have been through any of the following:

  • Conditioning and waterproofing – Everyone will wear out their boots differently. However, depending on how many types you’ve worn your boots throughout the year, you should take them to a professional dry cleaner when you begin to notice their color fading, if they look too dry, and if you haven’t completed the number of cleanings that professionals typically recommend, which is roughly 3 times a year.
  • Soles in need of repair – If the soles of your boots are beginning to degrade and peel away, you need to take them to a professional dry cleaner right away. Repair jobs need to be taken seriously and immediately to avoid permanent damage.
  • Dried improperly – Never dry your boots near a fireplace or any direct heat source. This causes them to shrink. A professional dry cleaner can help air out your boots properly to avoid any damage.
  • Mold and mildew – Storing your wet boots in unfavorable conditions will allow for mold and mildew to develop and ruin your boots. Never store your boots in a plastic bag or any other area that doesn’t allow for enough air to pass through. Take your boots to a professional dry cleaner when mold and mildew has developed. They have decades of experience in talking these types of issues.

Take your boots to a professional dry cleaner as soon as any of the above points relates to you.


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