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A Guide On How To Clean And Maintain Your Tactical Boots

When you purchase tactical boots, you need to maintain them by cleaning and polishing them so you get the most wear and durability out of them. 

What do I need?

  • Cloths - one damp and one dry
  • A horsehair polish brush
  • Shoe polish (we recommend Kiwi polish)
  • Newspaper, an old towel or bedsheet (something to protect your work surface)

How do I clean my tactical boots?

  1. Start by removing any dust and dirt from the boots including the soles with the polish brush. You may need to dampen the brush. Allow any dirt or mud to be completely dry before brushing it off.
  2. Wipe your boots down with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dirt or dust
  3. Using a dry cloth, apply a generous amount of polish using small, circular motions to the boots. Allow up to 15 minutes for this to dry. This base layer smooths out any imperfections with the leather so this will not create a shine yet.
  4. To remove any excess polish from the step before, use a soft haired brush or a dry cloth to scrub the boot. Wait for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Using a small amount of polish on a damp cloth, repeat the small circular motion onto the boot. 
  6. Repeat this until the boot is covered entirely with new polish. You may need several coats to get a strong shine. Alternating between eacH boot will allow each layer to dry before adding more polish.
  7. Once the polish has dried, use a dry, clean cloth to buff your boots. 

Some key things to remember when polishing your boots is to use a small, thin amount of polish, applying it to the boots with small, circular motions. Once the base layer is on, and you have completed the first shine, it will become easier and the process will become faster.