CLEANING & CONDITIONING
Properly cared for, a pair of shoes will last for years. Common mistakes many consumers make is to dry their footwear next to a heat source, which can crack the leather. Also damaging is storing shoes and boots in damp locations. In general, to care for your shoes, there are three steps to following - cleaning, drying and conditioning.
- CLEANING - On a regular basis, brush away surface dirt with a soft brush. After extended use, wash with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to rinse away all soap as it is hydrophilic.
- DRYING - Open shoe fully, remove footbed (if applicable) and laces, and dry at room temperature. Never expose to heat.
- CONDITIONING - Recommended treatment depends on construction and materials used on the footwear (most treatments do alter the color and appearance of your leather/materials).
TOP GRAIN LEATHER
Biwell®, Boot Guard®, NikWax® Paste Wax, NikWax® Aqueous or ReviveX® Leather Waterproofing Gel and ReviveX® Boot Cleaner*.
NUBUCK OR SPLIT GRAIN LEATHER
NikWax® or suede/nubuck and Cadillac® Suede Renew.
Treat leather areas in a similar fashion to treating all leather boots. Treat fabric areas with Tectron®, Zepel®, Scotchgard or NikWax® Fabric/Leather.
Because Wolverine® Performance; Leather (pigskin) is treated against water and stains, leather conditioning is not necessary, however Cadillac® Suede Renew and Wilsons® Suede Cleaner can be used. Silicone-based waterproofing should not be used on Wolverine Performance Leather.