Allingtons Blog |At Home Shoe Care

Author: Fiona Latrobe   Date Posted:1 October 2021 

Assorted Western Boot images - text DIY boot polishing


If you have invested in a pair of western boots, (or country boots, or cowboy boots) then it makes sense to look after them. If you're reading this, then chances are you're looking at those boots and thinking they're in need of some love.
The good news is it's easy to give them a good feed and the TLC they need - and you may well be amazed at how much happier they look when you're done.

Can't get to the shops for some leather conditioner? Don't worry! We have some great hints and tips on how you can care for them with products you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.

Leather is a natural material and loves to be nourished with natural ingredients, so it's easy!

So what do I need to look after my leather boots?

All you need is olive oil and lemon juice – that’s it! Combine one part lemon juice and 2 parts olive oil and you're ready to feed that leather.

Make sure your boots are clean and dry before you start. (If your boots are not clean, then rubbing in the polish could lock the dirt into the leather and make it impossible to clean in the future.) Using a clean cloth, rub a small amount of the polish into the leather. Allow it to soak in for a few minutes, then buff and shine with another clean cloth.

Some tips to ensure the ultimate shine and look:

  • Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt and mud
  • Use a soft brush to remove scuffs - a dry-eraser / whiteboard eraser can work well too
  • You can use an old toothbrush to loosen and remove stubborn dirt and mud
  • If your boots ever become saturated with water, remove the insole and dry with a paper towel or other absorbent cloth and let air dry
  • Never expose your boots to direct heat, as this can cause cracking. Let your boots air dry away from the direct sun or other heat sources
  • A monthly polish will do wonders for extending the life of your boots
  • After a hard day’s work, take a minute to knock or brush the dirt off your boots - check out our easy hands free boot brushes here
  • These polish tips are for leather only and should never be used on suede

If you don't have lemon juice and olive oil, or you want to try something different, here are some other ways to spruce up your lackluster footwear:

  • Use the inside of a banana peel to rub small circles into the leather. The oils from the banana restore shine and add nourishment, as well as being very good for the environment if you throw the peel in the compost after!
  • A paste polish can also be made by melting equal parts of beeswax, olive oil, and cocoa (or coconut) butter together. Allow it to set and use as you would a shop-bought paste polish. This is a great alternative as the oils nourish and the beeswax adds a protective coating against dust, water, and grime.

While you're giving your boots a makeover on the outside, sprinkle a handful of baking soda on the inside. Leave it in there for a few hours before tipping it out to fully deodorise and freshen up the innersole.

Next time you're out and about - or if you want to shop online now - check out Allington's great range of boot care and accessories here. We have everything from leather conditioner and polish to boot jacks and brushes.

Go on, give your boots some love today!

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