How To Clean Hunter Boots

updated Mar 8, 2019
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If you’ve been playing in the garden and find your Hunter boots covered in all the offerings of spring, they may be lookin’ worse for wear. Keeping them clean and tidy may seem as easy as jumping in a puddle, but high quality rubber requires just a bit more attention than your basic rain galoshes.

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Monthly Maintenance of Your Hunter Boots

Daily walks in the rain (or slush, depending on the time of the year) can get your boots surprisingly dirty. The first step in cleaning them is to take them outside and knock ’em together a few times to help any debris or mud clods fall off. Then, bring them back in and wash the exterior with dish soap and very warm water in a utility sink. (If you don’t have access to a utility sink, a plastic storage bin and a spray bottle filled with warm soapy water work, and will allow you to easily dump the dirty water outdoors.)

Place your boots in a well ventilated area away from sunlight to dry.

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Seasonal Maintenance of Your Hunter Boots

If you’re a walker and wear your boots to commute to school or work and are racking up the miles, you may want to consider deodorizing them at the beginning of each season. Spritz a little bit of vinegar (don’t worry, the smell goes away once it dries) inside the boot, or make an all natural deodorizing spray with distilled water, witch hazel, and rosemary essential oil to keep them smelling good and bacteria-free.

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How To Remove Scuffs on Rain Boots

Simple! Grab a rubber eraser (a white one, if you can) and just erase away those scuff marks! Wipe the eraser debris away with a clean, dry cloth.

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How To Remove the “Bloom” from Rubber Boots

High quality natural rubber often allows insoluble particles to rise to the surface which results in the finish of your boots looking like they’re covered in a white powdery film. This is called “blooming”, it’s completely natural, and can be easily cleaned so that your boots look just as good as the day you purchased them.

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Clean: Simply wipe the boots down with a damp cloth and place them in a well ventilated area away from sunlight to dry.

If your boots have been “bloomed” for some time, you may need to take your cleaning process a step further with the Hunter Rubber Care Kit, made for all finishes.

(You know we’re all about DIY remedies, but in this case, it seems the best option is to actually purchase the care kit from the company in order to restore boots to their original condition.)

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Buff: Spritz some “Rubber Buffer” onto the cleaning cloth and go over the entire surface of your boot. Place in a well ventilated area away from sunlight to dry.

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Bring Back the Shine: To get those gorgeous boots looking like new, grab the “Boot Shine” and go over the entire surface working in small circular motions.

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How To Store Your Boots After Wear

Always store your boots in a well ventilated area away from sunlight and any artificial heat sources. You can slip them upside down on a boot rack, set them upright on a tray, or hang them near the door from boot clips or a wader hanger. Whatever you decide to do, you should avoid shoving them away in a closet if you’ve just come in from the rain.

If they’re super soaked, pop a few silica packets inside (one of the many ways to reuse silica packets instead of throwing them away), or moisture absorbing sachets like cedar balls.

How To Store Your Boots For The Season

Before putting your boots away for a few months, be sure to first clean, buff, and shine them, then place in a cool, dark area where they can safely remain upright and undisturbed until you’re ready to bring them out for the next season. It’s always nice to toss a few cedar balls or sweet-smelling sachets (these are made just for shoes!) inside as well.

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