Cleaning your hiking boots is an important step in keeping them in top condition and ensuring that you get the most out of them for as long as possible.
With a few simple steps, you can ensure that your boots remain comfortable and reliable for your next adventure. And clean hiking boots always give you a kind of self-confidence as well. Read the full description of how to clean hiking boots on this hiking blog.
Remove all dirt, dust, and debris from the outside of the boot by using a stiff brush.
Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and a small amount of mild detergent, then submerge the boots into the solution. Allow them to soak for 10-15 minutes before gently scrubbing away any dirt or grime using a soft bristled brush.
Rinse the boots thoroughly with cool water until all suds have been removed, then use a clean cloth to pat dry as much excess moisture as possible from the outside of the boot. Be sure not to use too much pressure while drying or you may damage or distort the material of the boot.
Stuff each boot with newspaper to help them retain their shape while they are drying, leaving them in an area where they won’t be exposed to direct sunlight or other sources of heat (such as radiators). Change the paper every couple of hours to make sure that moisture isn’t being trapped inside which could cause odors or damage over time.
When completely dry, spray your hiking boots with an appropriate waterproofing product like Nikwax TX Direct Spray-On and allow them to dry according to directions on the packaging before storing them away or wearing it again outdoors.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your hiking boots are always in peak condition and ready for whatever terrain lies ahead!