Maintaining the waterproof properties of your boots is essential to ensure they stay dry and comfortable. As with all waterproof products maintenance is necessary. The waterproofing properties of the boots may gradually diminish. This is considered normal usage and not covered under warranty. The only completely waterproof boot is a rubber wading boot.
Here are some steps you can follow to keep your boots waterproof:
Clean Your Boots Regularly: Keep your boots clean by removing dirt, mud, and debris after each use. Use a soft brush or a damp cloth to wipe off surface dirt. This prevents the buildup of grime that can compromise the waterproofing.
Inspect for Damage: Periodically inspect your boots for any damage, such as cuts, abrasions, or punctures in the material. Repair any minor damage promptly using appropriate patching materials or adhesives. More significant damage may require professional repair.
Reapply Waterproofing Treatment: Over time, the waterproof coating on your boots may wear off. To maintain waterproof properties, you can periodically reapply a waterproofing treatment. Here's how to do it:
a. Clean the boots thoroughly to remove any dirt and oils. Use a mild detergent and a brush to scrub the surface gently. Rinse with clean water and let them dry completely.
b. Choose an appropriate waterproofing product based on your boots' material. Wax-based products are good for leather, while silicone or spray-on waterproofing agents work well for synthetic materials.
c. Apply the waterproofing treatment evenly to the entire surface of the boots, paying particular attention to seams and stitching. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application, as it may vary depending on the product.
d. Let the boots dry for the recommended time. This allows the waterproofing agent to penetrate and bond with the boot's material.
e. After drying, you can apply a second coat if necessary, especially for older boots or those subjected to heavy use.
Check Seams and Stitching: Ensure that the seams and stitching on your boots are in good condition. If you notice any loose threads or gaps, consider using seam sealer or a suitable adhesive to seal them and maintain waterproofing.
Store Properly: When you're not using your boots, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme heat. Don't leave them in a damp or humid environment, as this can damage the waterproofing materials and promote mold and mildew growth.
Rotate Your Boots: If you have multiple pairs of waterproof boots, rotate their use to allow each pair to dry thoroughly between wears. This helps prevent moisture buildup inside the boots.
Avoid Harsh Conditions: While waterproofing treatments can enhance a boot's ability to repel water, avoid subjecting your boots to extremely harsh conditions whenever possible. Excessive exposure to mud, chemicals, or prolonged submersion can compromise their waterproof properties.