Most of the hunting boots in stores are made with a Durable Water Repellant finish. However, this doesn't mean that they don't need any extra care. The water-resistant finish will wear off, and you'll need to replace it.
Your boots will need some waterproofing once your hunting boots start to absorb into the outer layer of your boots. Another sign is when the water no longer reflects off the surface of your boots. We made this short post to teach you how to make your boots water resistant.
Before waterproofing your boots, you need to make sure that they are completely clean. Grit and dirt build up over time and can damage the quality of your boots. That's why you need to follow these steps to prepare it for waterproofing effectively
After you clean your boots, they are now ready to be waterproofed. When cleaning your boots, you'll have to take it slow. Scrub each side thoroughly to ensure that your boot is clear from all odor causing elements.
Once you've finished the cleaning process, the time is ideal to fill it with water. Begin by making sure the water completely covers the boot.
You'll want your boots to remain soaked for a long period of time. On average, you should keep your boots soaked for a total of 3 hours.
If your boots aren't wet enough or dry after the cleaning process, place a wet towel around them. Then, place it inside of a utility sink for it to soak for a few extra hours.
Once your boots are fully soaked with water, apply the waterproofing treatment. Each product is different than the other one. So make sure that you read the application instructions before waterproofing your boots.
Now that your boots are waterproofed, you have to give it time for them to dry off. In fact, you can place your boots on a piece of newspaper if you want them to dry off faster. Letting your boots dry naturally is the best way to make them last for the long-term.
Warning: Using electrical drying devices like hair dryers will reduce the effectiveness of your waterproofing. Once the boots are thoroughly clean, you have to dry them. We suggest letting them air dry so that they can maintain their natural color.
Once your boots have been completely waterproofed, there are still a few things you have to do.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare your boots for moisture-heavy weather:
To prepare for winter, you need to watch out for snow and salt. During the winter, our boots tend to get salt and snow inside of them. This is dangerous because both can reduce the waterproofing of your boot. Keep your boots stored inside at room temperature and remove any extra salt or snow materials from them.
If you live in an area that rains regularly, you need to know how to prepare for it. Take a week to adequately clean and waterproof your boot. This helps your boots deliver optimal performance once you begin hunting in the rain.
Keep your boots clean before storing it anywhere. You can use baking soda or a water/soap solution to remove odors from your boot.
Making your boots water resistant isn't as hard as it seems. Just remember to take your time and care for your boots often.
We suggest that you waterproof your boots every month to maintain its effectively. In conclusion, through keeping your boots in good condition, you'll have a pair of fully functional hunting boots during the rain and winter seasons.