Strong work boots are hardly inexpensive and cheap work boots are hardly ever strong. Work boots are essential in most industries today and from your hard work, these boots face the full consequence.
It is true that manufacturers seemingly produce work boots with the latest technology, however, these boots are durable to an extent but not to some customer’s satisfaction. They are expected to be replaced after some time due to the effects of wear and tear. This replacement time period can be extended, nonetheless, that is if the user decides to care his/her work boots the right way.
Furthermore, it was found that many work boots have an average lifetime from 1 up to 3 years when they are subjected to harsh conditions, how the user handles his boots and the difficulty of the work being carried out.
How do I treat my work boots the right way?
†It is recommended to wash mud and soil from work boots daily to prevent grime formation as grime fosters fast rotting.
†Waterproofing: It is highly recommended to apply waterproofing whether by cream, spray or wax at least once per month after full cleaning of work boots. It is further advised to apply waterproofing twice per month in the event work boots are being subjected to wet continuous conditions. (After waterproofing it is essential to apply water as a test to see if the water particles bead up. In the case it beads, this suggest that it is properly eater proofed.)
†Subject work boots to a full scouring at least once per month (as explained below)
†It is also recommended to store work boots in a dry ventilated area.
†A conditioning oil should be used as soon as work boots start to crack.
The no-nonsense Guide to cleaning your Work Boots:
1. Withdraw shoelaces as well as both insoles.
2. Use a rigid brush to clear away any buildup of mud or soil
3. Use a container with a mixture of water and boot-cleaner along with a
rigid brush to properly scour the work boots ensuring all soil material is removed.
Some amount of dish washing soap can be use instead or if you do not have any boot-cleaner, on the other hand however, detergents can possibly crack the leather material along with bar typed soaps.
4. Then flush work boots with water preferably from a tap to remove the excess soap.
5. Now place them in a dry area preferably in the heat of the sun to ensure they are properly dried. To make things a bit quicker, a fan can be used which is of course optional.
6. Finally, administer some waterproofing whether wax, cream or spray before use.
From constant wearing and working in these work boots you will notice over a period of time that your boots will start to age. In the aging process the leather material will start to get stiff and dry and you will notice cracks surfacing on the work boots.
Do not worry when this starts to occur, a leather conditioner can be used thereby improving the durability of the work boots.
Using a Leather Conditioner to maintain older Boots
Leather is a material which is incorporated in many products especially foot wear. This is material is essentially strong but overtime as it ages, it is recommended to be moisturized by using a leather conditioner.
This process offers great flexibility and will hinder the drying and cracking process resulting in a longer lasting work boots. From the onset of drying and cracking the conditioner must be applied once every 2 weeks in a similar fashion when waterproofing by way of a wax.
Following the recommendations as explained above it is fitting to obtain about 3 years or more from your boots. As said before good boots are not cheap and this should be your motivation to take care of such an investment.