Boots 101: How To Properly Clean Your Hunting Boots

Boots 101: How To Properly Clean Your Hunting Boots

You need to clean your boots to maintain their effectiveness. Hunting boots wear out over time, and failing to clean them only makes it worst. That's why we created this post to help you clean your boots and restore their quality.

We'll start today's discussion by telling you the materials you need, how to clean leather boots, and how to use natural oil paste and chemicals to treat your boots. By the end of this post, you'll have a pair of hunting boots that look as good as new.

Dirty hunting boots.

Materials Needed

Here are the following things you'll need if you want to clean your boots.

  • Mild soap
  • Leather treatment
  • Water
  • Nylon bristled brush
  • Soft cleaning cloth

How To Clean Leather Hunting Boots

  • Step 1: Begin by dry brushing your boots using a nylon brush. Then you'll want to make a cleaning solution out of water and soap. Use both your nylon brush and your cleaning solution to ensure that your boots are free from dirt.
  • Step 2: With the soap and water solution added onto it, use your duster to remove dirt and dust that could be potentially hiding in your boots.
  • Step 3: Place your boots in an area where they can air dry naturally. Direct exposure to heat can reduce the leather's quality and cause it to crack and dry up. Prevent this by letting your boots dry by itself
  • Step 4: Lastly, if you want to add some leather treatment, this is the time to do so. If you can, add some waterproof leather treatment to ensure that your boots hold up in moisture-heavy weather conditions such as rain.

After doing this, you'll have to decide which process you'll want to use to maintain your boots further. You can either do this via natural oil paste or through chemicals. No matter which method you chose, your boots will remain clean for your next hunting adventure.

Natural Pastes

When using your boots for extended hunting trails, they tend to lose their natural color. Natural oil paste is an excellent way to treat your boots because they keep its initial appearance.

Once you open up your first set of natural pastes, you'll notice that its texture is too hard. Use a hair dryer or any other source of heat to help it become softer. Apply a bit of heat on the leather so that the cleaning applicated is properly distributed.

Apply the cream onto your boots with your bare hands. Your hands also generate heat which softens the cream and reopens the pores of your hunting boots.

Cleaning your hunting boots.

Place the cream equally throughout your boots and let it dry at room temperature. If you want to expedite the drying process, use a hair dryer. Also, you can apply an extra coat of cream if you want extra boot protection.

Chemical Process

You'll have to use chemicals if your hunting boots are made out of extra fabrics (nylon, rubber, etc.) besides leather. Most of these extra fabrics aren't synthetic, and chemicals are the only way to improve their maximum lifespan.

Warning: When using chemicals, try not to overdo it. Too many chemicals can result into bleaching or destroyed boots. Use a considerable amount to ensure that your boots remain clean.


Taking care of your boots is just as important as hunting itself. If you want your boots to last long, follow these steps entirely. You'll notice a cleaner pair of hunting boots that are ready to support you on your next hunting trip.

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