Written by: Ella Power
Whether you are working outdoors, getting stuck in with the gardening, or tackling the mud on country walks, a durable pair of wellington boots will assist in keeping your feet toasty warm and dry all day long. A quality pair of wellies can see the distance if cared for and treated with love. Spending a little extra time cleaning and caring for your wellington boots will ensure they not only last longer but perform at their best year after year.
With that in mind, we have put together the ultimate guide on how to clean and care for your wellington boots. With our advice on how to clean, store, and shine your wellington boots, you will be able to rely on your favourite pair for years to come. See below for answers to all your wellington boot care FAQs and essential products we recommend to keep them looking their best.
HOW TO CLEAN WELLINGTON BOOTS
After a long walk in the gruelling muddy countryside, it is tempting to kick off your wellies and throw them in the cupboard without a second glance. Not only does this come as an unwelcome surprise when they are next in need, but in the long-term, this lessens their performance. Properly cleaning your wellies is easier than you think; simply shake off or wipe any excess mud with a dry cloth and then using cold, soapy water, wipe over your boots until all remaining dirt is gone. Once your wellington boots look nice and clean, leave them out to dry naturally in a cool location away from direct sunlight.
WHY HAVE MY WELLINGTON BOOTS GONE WHITE?
If you go to get your wellies out of the cupboard and notice they are covered in a white, powder-like residue, then do not panic – this is a natural process called ‘blooming’. As rubber is a natural product that comes from the bark of trees, the white substance you see is merely the rubber’s oils coming to the surface. Using a rubber buffer cleaning solution with a cotton cloth will remove any excess bloom from your boots, restoring them to their former glory.
HOW TO MAKE WELLINGTON BOOTS SHINY AGAIN
We all love that new, pristine shine that wellington boots have when we first buy them, but even after careful trudging through the mud this shine can fade over time. However, this shine can be quickly restored with regular use of a boot shine sponge. Once you have cleaned your wellies of any dirt or mud, use a boot shine sponge in circular motions to polish your boots up and give them that ‘good as new’ shine and a high-quality finish.
HOW TO STORE WELLINGTON BOOTS
It might seem like a small detail, but how you store your wellington boots can have an impact on their longevity and overall condition. It may be tempting to sit your boots next to a radiator to dry them faster, but this varying temperature can cause the rubber to crack and become worn over time. Instead, once cleaned, you should store your wellington boots in a cool and dry place. With taller wellington boots, they can be prone to folding and creasing when stored away. You can use scrunched up newspaper or some old tea towels to help retain the boots’ shape and lessen the chance of deep creases and marks developing in the rubber.
WELLINGTON BOOTS DO’S AND DON’T’S
To recap on our Wellington Boots Care Guide, we have listed some do’s and don’t’s for you to refer back to over the years of wear:
- DO remove all excess dirt from your wellington boots immediately after a walk.
- DO use a dry cloth first to remove excess dirt and mud.
- DO use cold soapy water to wipe the remaining dirt from your rubber boots.
- DO leave your wellies to dry in a cool location away from direct light.
- DO use a rubber boot buffer to remove any oils and blooming that may surface over time
- DO use an instant boot shine sponge to restore your boot’s natural shine.
- DON’T worry if you see white residue forming on the surface of your boots, this can be removed with rubber boot buffer.
- DON’T leave your boots to dry next to a direct heat source
- DON’T leave your boots folded or scrunched up when drying
- DON’T use harsh solvents or chemicals when cleaning your wellies as this will destroy the rubber