Having high-quality work boots is an essential part of the job, but it doesn’t mean much if you don’t take care of them properly. It’s very important to clean and condition your work boots. This way, you ensure they’ll last for a long time and still look as good as the first day you wore them. It’s not always easy knowing what exactly to do when you want to clean your work boots, but it’s very important to do some research and apply the proper steps. After all, you don’t want to accidentally damage your work boots instead of cleaning them. Thankfully, there are some fail-proof tips on how to clean and condition your work boots to perfection.

1. Generally dirty boots

Though there are certain types of stains and damages your boots can sustain, there’s always the general dirt which accumulates daily due to the various tasks you complete at work. It’s not uncommon that the dirt will be accompanied by stains of different types, so you should deal with one problem at the time. What’s more, a basic cleanse is necessary regardless of other potential issues as it keeps your work boots clean and prolongs their lifespan.

As well as acquiring some clean rags and a shoe brush, make sure to get the proper soap, complementary to the material of your boots. This will ensure the full potential of the material is shown, and that it shines just like on the day you bought your boots. On top of that, it will save the boots from damage and contribute to their durability.

2. Ink Stains

One of the most annoying things to get rid of is definitely ink. It’s tough and won’t come off with just water. The things that can get it off are often too rough and end up damaging your shoes as well. So you either end up with ink stains or damaged boots. Since this scenario is less than ideal, people have come up with a better solution.

Grab your microfiber cloths, a dry towel, and some rubbing alcohol, and get to work. You should dab one cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub the stain in a circular motion. Be careful not to go too hard so as to evenly get all of the stains out, and save the delicate material of your boots. To get rid of the excess of alcohol, you can simply use some soap and water after the stain has been lifted. Lastly, don’t forget to dry your boots off with the dry towel.

3. Grease Stains

As perhaps the toughest stains to get out, grease stains have earned their right to this list. Grease doesn’t look good on any boot and won’t do any good for its overall well-being and durability. It’s pretty easy to accumulate grease, as it can come from the most mundane tasks like mowing the lawn or working near cars. So regardless of what your job might be, it’s probable that you’ve dealt with grease stains before.

Instead of racking your brain and trying hard to rub the grease out, take a gentler approach and keep your boots in mint condition. Talcum powder is the ideal solution for any grease related issue, as it soaks it up rather quickly and efficiently. You’ll need to remove some of the grease with a microfiber cloth first, though. Then pour some talcum powder over the boots and leave it to soak up the grease for the night. Finally, just brush off the powder in the morning and enjoy the cleanness of your boots.

4. Scuffed boots

The most common issue people face is their boots getting scuffed. Whether you’ve got leather, rubber, or steel cap work boots, scuffing is inevitable. It will happen even on high priced premium brands such as Timberland, Caterpillar or Red Back Boots. Scuffs are very visible and can cause your boots to lose their permanent shine. Don’t worry though, there’s a sure fire way to get rid of the scuffs once and for all.

All you have to do is get a few rags, water, and some baking soda. If anything’s clear in life, it’s that baking soda is the cure to almost anything. The recipe is quite simple. Just dip a clean cloth in some cold water, then into the baking soda, and finally wipe your boots with a dry cloth. The baking soda will react with the material of the boots and instantly remove all the scuffing. It’s important to remove the excess of it after you’ve applied it so as to protect the material for any further harm.

5. Salt Stains

Salt is ever-present in most workplace environments because it’s used for more than just adding flavor to your meals. That’s why you can often find pesky salt stains on most work boots. Even though the salt should come off easily, it tends to stick to the boot and ruin the material. Not only does it do so visually, but it can also reduce the lifespan of your boots.

To get rid of salt stains, you’ll need to turn to vinegar. Due to the chemical substances in vinegar, it is the perfect antidote to salt stains. So as to make the cure a bit milder and prevent it from eating away the polish on your boots, you should mix the vinegar with water. After that, just wipe your boots with a wet cloth and then with a dry one. Let the rest dry naturally and watch all the salt stains disappear.


As you can see, taking care of work equipment is imperative. This is especially true when it comes to the equipment you use daily. Your boots support you through every work chore and make sure you’re safe and efficient. They deserve to be taken care of and loved so that they can continue providing excellent service. We’re confident that your boots will be able to retain their shine even after they’ve seen a few years of work if you take care of them regularly and properly.

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About the Author Brian

Hello, I'm Cindy. I’m a super duper mega hiking enthusiast, with a love for everything that has to do with outdoors, hiking, gear, footwear and more.

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