Proper care for your leather boots
1. Facts about leather
- Leather is a natural product. Slight irregularities in the surface may be caused by minor scarring, pigment disorders or insect bites. These are natural features and not quality defects.
- Different leathers absorb dyes differently. Not all browns and blacks will appear the same.
- External factors like sun, dirt and sweat can have negative effects on the life of leather. That's why we recommend giving your item regular and proper care to avoid premature wear.
2. Tips to prolong the life of your boots
- When not in use, keep zip closures closed and use a shoe or boot tree to retain your boots' shape. Do not allow the shaft (upper part of the boot) to fold over. Tip: Plastic bottles can also be used for this purpose. Drill a few holes in them to ensure good air ventilation.
- Correct fit will also have an impact on the life of your boots/chaps. Boots/chaps that are too wide or too high will fold and wrinkle, and this can lead to unnecessary wear (e.g. holes) from rubbing during riding.
- To avoid damage to the zip closures, always open them fully when putting on and taking off your boots.
- Always use a shoe horn when pulling the boots on
- Keep the zip closures clean. We recommend the use of an appropriate spray or oil.
3. Cleaning & care
- First, remove loose dirt with a soft brush.
- After each use, remove coarse dirt with a soft cloth/sponge and water at room temperature.
- After cleaning, allow the leather to air dry – never dry boots near an oven or heating element or in the sun, as the dry air and sun's rays will dry out the leather and make it brittle, shortening the life of the product. On hot summer days, we even recommend that you allow your boots to dry in a cool place to slow the drying process.
- Treat the high-grip leather on the inner calves with a high-quality, moisturising leather-care product (such as BUSSE Leather Balm). This may also be used on all leather parts of the boots. A good shoe cream can be applied to the smooth leather.
- Then polish the boots with a soft cloth.
- Shoe cream alone will not suffice for smooth leather if heavy soiling required cleaning with a large quantity of water or if the leather came in contact with sweat or water. Such leather needs a good emollient that will not make it too soft. Here, a high-quality leather balm is recommended.
- Some boots (LAVAL, PARIS, BONDY for example) feature a special, extremely robust leather at the inner calf. This leather has special adhesive properties for optimum grip to the saddle flap. This leather is oiled. After normal cleaning with water, we recommend treating this leather with a moisturising leather-care product (such as BUSSE Leather Balm) to retain its grip properties.
- To protect your product against moisture and dirt, we advise using a suitable spray made for waterproofing leather. Before using such a waterproofing spray, read the directions and make sure it is suitable for use on your footwear. Apply waterproofing products outdoors. Allow the leather to dry for 24 hours before using.
- There are special cleaning and care products for Nubuck leather. Use these according to their instructions.
- Shoe cream will make the leather smooth and therefore should not be used on the insides of the shafts.
- Do not apply leather oil to boots or chaps. Leather oil will make the structure of the leather too soft. This can cause your boots to lose their shape and no longer fit properly.
- Some leather oils will even affect the seams!
- Using oil may result in discolouration, particularly in light-coloured leather.