Condition and waterproof to make leather last forever.

July 25, 2016

old tv floating in space. leather work boots on screen (artistic image)

Or at least until you’re sick of it.

(The following instructions are for smoother leather only, not for suede or Nubuck.)

how to clean boot graphic Best Practice!
Before applying, remove laces and gently brush dirt & grit from your leather shoes or boots.


Starting with clean, dry boots is key. Rubbing dirt and grime into your leather is bad.  Remove the laces if you want – we usually do. That way you can be sure no grit remains under the laces and you can get MooBuzz® All-Natural Leather Protection under there.

Even if your boots are brand new it’s important to wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove any dust or grit.

If you’re boots aren’t so new – just wipe them down with a clean damp cloth.

If they’re filthy - brush off as much of the dirt as possible before you wash them. Make sure to get in the nooks and crannies like between the upper and the welt and down under the lace stays if your boots lace up.

Got as much dirt off as possible? Good. Now you’re ready to wash.

I recommend washing your boots with a saddle soap or other mild cleaner. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Never submerge your boots in water while cleaning – always bring the water up to the boots. We do this with a soft, natural bristle brush.

soaking in a tub - no, tub holding water to apply to boot with sponge? - yes!
Best Practice!
Never submerge your leather. Always bring water to boot or shoes with a brush or cloth


Whether you’ve just finished washing your boots or you got caught in the rain - allow your boots to dry thoroughly. Pat them down with an old towel if they are dripping wet.

Leather drying rules to follow: lots of air, no heat.

Don’t put wet leather near a fire or in an oven to dry. Heat causes excessive dryness which leads to cracking. Heat can also loosen adhesives and shrink some types of soling. Water combined with extreme heat can cause permanent shrinkage and hardening.

fan - yes, campfire, no 
Best Practice!
Using lots of air to dry your leather is good. Do not put boots or shoes in an oven or near fire or heat.

Worst case - think boiled leather armor.

Patience is key.

** If you’ve cleaned your boots and they dry with a crystalline white line or ‘halo’ around the bottom, you may need to remove salt stains from your leather.

New boots need waterproofing - apply in circular motion Best Practice!
Massage into your leather using a circular motion.

Condition and Waterproof

If you’re going to use a glove or a cloth, get that ready. Bare hands – also ok.

Grab your tin of MooBuzz® Leather Protection and twist off the top. Scoop out a small amount and massage it into your boots using a circular motion. Repeat until you have covered the entire boot. Pay special attention to the seams and welt. Apply to your stacked leather heel or heel wrap and even the edge of your leather sole.

Let it soak into the leather for at least 20 minutes and wipe off any excess.

If you see any white haze – especially in tight spots like seams – don’t worry. That’s just a little excess MooBuzz® Leather Protection. It will disappear in the final rubdown.

Finishing Touches

Give your boots a final buffing with a horse hair brush or a clean, soft cloth for a beautiful hand rubbed finish. Replace your laces. And now, your boots are protected. Get on with your life!

Want How-To's for conditioning some of the other leather in your life? Check out: "Give Your Gloves a Hand" for easy instructions on refreshing your garden gloves.



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