Steel toe boots are a must for workplaces where chances of potential injuries are present. The steel toe caps protect the workers from falling of heavy loads, accidental tripping, and sharp objects.
However, these types of work boots need special care and maintenance. In fact, if you are reading this article, there is a good chance that you have a pair of boots that were once handsome but now require rigorous cleaning.
Well, don’t worry! In this guide, we will guide you with all the details of cleaning and washing steel toe boots so they become as good as new.
Wash The Inside & Outside Of Steel Toe Boots
- Before you start the washing process, I suggest taking out the laces and insoles and washing them separately.
- Now prepare a cleaning mixture in a small tub or sink by combining a few drops of mild shampoo or detergent with warm water.
- Dip them inside the solution for a few minutes.
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth and wipe the inside and outside leather of the shoes thoroughly.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
- Use a blow dryer to dry the boots from inside and outside thoroughly.
- Once they are damp, put them outside in the sun until they are fully dry.
Wash Using Baking Soda
Another way to remove the frustrating smell from boots is to use baking soda. Especially if you don’t have enough time to wash and dry the shoes.
- Just put 1-2 spoons of baking soda in the heel part of each boot.
- Shake the shoe around to spread the baking soda on the entire insole.
- Leave it overnight.
- In the morning, shake the baking soda out from the shoe and find all the smell dissipating.
With Lemon Peels
Similar to baking soda, lemon peels have an antibacterial effect on the work boots. They will also ‘refresh’ the shoes and remove the smell entirely.
Simply cut up small slices of lemon. Evenly distribute them on the insoles and leave it overnight. You will find good results in the morning.
Clean In Washer
Leather steel toe boots are also safe for washing machines. Just remember to remove the laces and throw them inside the machine in a washing bag to avoid tangles.
Wrap the shoes in a light cloth or put them in a pillow case before putting them in the washer. This will prevent the boots from hitting hard on the machine’s surface.
It is also advised to turn off the auto-dry option as wet steel boots can get heavy. And when you turn on the auto-dry feature, the machine can violently vibrate and may even damage the appliance permanently.
Additional Tips to Clean/Wash Steel Toe Boots
- Since boots bear a lot of tough stuff, try cleaning your boots once a week.
- Always dry them completely.
- Avoid using clarifying shampoo or harsh chemicals on the shoe.
Hope you find these tips useful for cleaning your work boots. Good luck and keep walking!