Learn how to care for your western boots with Dan Post and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
To expand the life of your western boots, you need to give them the proper care. Regularly cleaning your boots to remove dirt and dust, and applying a quality leather conditioner can all help preserve the leather in your boots. Depending on the type of western boots you have, cleaning and care instructions can vary. With the help of boot experts, Dan Post Boot Company, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can easily care for your boots.
COWHIDE LEATHERS (Bull Hide, Caprino, Madcat, Bison, Goat, El Paso, Crazy Cow, Worn Deer, Metallic, Napalino, Mignon, Puma, Ranch, Burnished Finishes, Copper Kettle, Embossed Leathers):
1)Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) While boots are still damp, apply a light coat of quality leather conditioner. Heavy coats of conditioner clog the leather pores and cannot be absorbed. Light coats are much more effective.
3) If you prefer sheen on your boots, apply a thin coat of cream polish (matching color for darker boots and neutral color for fighter colored boots). Let the polish dry, then brush off with a soft cloth.
4) For water protection, light coats of a non-silicone stain and water protector can be applied.
5) Calf leather is much thinner than cowhide. Calf can be cared for the same as cowhide but needs to be performed on a more regular basis.
NAKED (NUDE) FINISH LEATHERS (Deer Tanned, Non-Work Boot Distressed Leather, Toast Wyoming):
1) Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) Conditioner not recommended as it can turn the color much darker.
3) A quality non-silicone stain and water protector can be applied when boots are new.
SUEDE LEATHER (Snuffed finish such as Nubuck and Nappa):
1) Apply a non-silicone stain and water protector when boots are new.
2) Periodically remove dust and dirt with a soft nylon brush.
3) Try to avoid mud or tarnished water which can discolor the leather and be extremely difficult to remove.
1) On smooth pig, clean as you would cowhide. Because this leather is extremely thin, cleaning and conditioning on a more regular basis is recommended.
2) On sueded pig, clean as you would cowhide suede, including the application of a quality stain and water protector.
EXOTICS (Caiman, Ostrich, Ostrich Leg, Lizard, Snake Skin, Python):
1) Remove dirt and dust with a soft brush or damp cloth.
2) Apply thin coats of a quality exotic conditioner (water based).
3) If a sheen is desired, polish with a matching color, or neutral crème polish.
4) Apply a non-silicone stain and water protector if water protection is needed.
5) On snake skins and pythons, gently clean and condition under the scales where much dust can collect and cause leather deterioration. Spray reptile cleaners and conditioners are available that provide a foaming action to clean under the scales. After conditioning, rub the scales back down in the direction of the scale grain with a soft cloth.
(Note: Because of the delicate nature of exotic leathers, it is very important to clean and condition these leathers on a regular basis. Exotics such as Caiman and Lizard are extremely dry in nature and can crack even when not being worn. Apply thin coats of conditioner rather that thick ones. Remember to do this often)
OIL IMPREGNATED LEATHERS (Crazy Horse, Briar, Tan Cheyenne, Dirty Brown, Earth Brown, Barracuda, Tan Distressed, Natural, Black Oily):
1) Remove dust and dirt with a soft brush or cloth.
2) While these leathers have additional oils added to them in the tanning process, in time, these oils with start to disappear. Applying heavy coats of conditioner, or products such as mink oil will help these leathers withstand the heavy abuse they were intended for.
3) Since these leathers are the most likely to become soaked in water, be sure to clean and oil them as quickly as possible. Allow them to dry naturally and never under an artificial heat source.
1) Wipe boots with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt.
2) Let dry, then buff with a soft cloth.
MICROSUEDE, MICRO FIBER (Synthetic materials):
1) Spray boots with a non-silicone stain and water protector.
2) Use a soft brush to remove dirt and dust.
Cleaning instructions originally posted and created by Dan Post Boot Company.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find western boots for the whole family from great brands like Laredo and Dan Post. For more tips on caring for your boots and clothing, visit the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Clothing blog.