How to Clean Your Boots

1) Preparation

1) Preparation

Remove the insole to allow it to air and dry. Remove the laces to allow you to reach tucked away corners such as the tongue with the care products used.


2) Remove the dirt from your boots

2) Remove the dirt from your boots

Brush dirt off thoroughly under lukewarm running water. For heavily soiled boots, use specialist footwear cleaning products or soap suds.  


3) Increase the leathers water resistance

3) Increase the leathers water resistance

Cleaned boots are in an “open-pored” state and will soak up water. In order to “close” the leather again, an impregnating spray should first be used when they are still damp. We recommend our LOWA WATER STOP which is sprayed on. Helps water bead off. Regular proofing prevents water and dirt absorption. This is all the more important since leather that is completely soaked has no breathing properties, which has a negative effect on the internal microclimate of the footwear. Please note that proofing will only be fully effective 24 hours after application. 


 4) Maintain the leathers natural softness

4) Maintain the leathers natural softness

Once your boots have been water-proofed they should also regularly have a water-based cream rubbed or polished into them (with a brush), especially when they have had a soaking. We recommend our LOWA ACTIVE CREME which can be applied with a sponge or cloth. TIP…  Apply more in the forefoot / flex zone area (it’s like a hinge) & brush away any excess. Do this immediately following step 3. Leather that has not been treated in this way dries out, becomes brittle and cracks, leaving your footwear irreparably damaged. To prevent this happening, apply your leather care product using a cloth and then polish it off with a brush. By carefully warming the leather with a hair dryer, the care product will be absorbed even deeper into the leather. We do not advise the use of oils or greases. Although they leave the leather very soft and almost waterproof, they reduce the stiffness and therefore the stability of the footwear. Furthermore, oils and greases also clog the leather pores, thereby preventing the leather from breathing (rubber boot effect). In the worst case scenario they can even dissolve the adhesives used in the footwear. 

DO NOT use care products containing: beeswax, animal fats and petroleum oils e.g. Dubbin, Neatsfoot Oil, Mink Oil and Sno-Seal, etc.


5) Give your boots ample time to dry

5) Give your boots ample time to dry

Never place boots to dry on a radiator, too near to a fireplace or oven, inside a car or in the trunk of your car. They should also not be left on the back step in direct sunlight; the ambient temperature which develops can be as bad as a heater or open fire and the UV perishes the randing.  
 


6) Store your boots in a dry, well-aired place.

6) Store your boots in a dry, well-aired place.

Never store wet boots in damp rooms or the car. They will get mouldy!