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Caring for Your Tactical Boots

Posted on June 19th, 2017

CARING FOR YOUR RIDGE FOOTWEAR

Depending on the upper materials of your boot, here are some basic instructions for cleaning and maintaining your boots. Regular maintenance will improve the appearance and extend the life of your footwear.

    1.  Leather and Nylon Uppers:  Clean the nylon panels of your boots with a small amount of mild detergent (such as dish soap) and
      water.  We also recommend using a nylon cleaner.  There are many brands available.  Gently wash nylon panels with the cleaning solution and a soft brush. Rinse carefully with clean water, but do not saturate or soak them.  Allow boots to air-dry thoroughly. Stuffing boots with paper can speed up the drying process. Use a high quality leather cleaner and a clean cloth on the leather panels to remove dirt and scuffs, followed by a high quality polish for a shiny appearance.  Polish regularly to protect and nourish the leather and provide a long–lasting shine.To make boots water resistant, use a topical treatment such as Scotchgard®.  Topical treatments also protect against scuffs and dirt, but require periodic re-application to maintain protectiveness.
    2.  Suede and Nylon Uppers:  Use a stiff brush on suede panels to remove any dried mud, dirt and debris.  Use a high quality suede leather cleaner to remove oily dirt, stains, and scuffs.  Clean the nylon panels of your boots with a small amount of mild detergent (such as dish soap), or a commercial nylon cleaner, and water.  Gently wash nylon panels with the cleaning solution and a soft brush. Rinse carefully with clean water, but do not saturate or soak them.  Allow boots to air-dry thoroughly. Stuffing boots with paper can speed up the drying process.
    3.  Clarino Dress Shoes:  We recommend a commercial cleaner made specifically for the Clarino glossy material, or patent leather.  Follow the cleaner manufacturer instructions.
    4. Insole and Laces:  Laces can be washed in the washing machine, but we recommend that you use a net washing bag so that laces don’t wrap around other laundry items.  Air dry.  Insoles can be hand-washed and air dried.  Sprinkle  them with baking soda to absorb odors.