Monday, October 19, 2015

Rain Boot Maintenance

So it's forecasted to rain on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday... and I'm not going to lie, I'm a little bit excited about it.  Living in Arizona you can't beat all of the desert sunshine, but it does come at the expense of wearing super cute rain boots - and I love my rain boots!

Anyway, in anticipation for the Texas rain, I broke out my rain boots and noticed that they had been blooming away in storage.  Blooming (which is a white film/powder on the surface of the boots), is a common characteristic of high quality, natural rubber.

While the blooming doesn't bother me much, I thought I would give my boots a good cleaning... the process was quite simple, and honestly, the boots look brand new again!



Begin by cleaning the boots with soapy water to remove any loose dirt.  Do not use hot water as this will dry the boots out.


Once all of the loose dirt has been removed, simply dab a little olive oil onto a cloth and buff the rain boots to remove the blooming.


I read a ton of reviews before cleaning my boots, and some said that olive oil does a good job with removing the blooming on the surface of the boots, but a few days later the bloom starts to come back.  To ensure the bloom would stay away for a while, I finished off the boots with Armor All Tire Shine ($4.50 from Target).


I was super impressed with how well the boots cleaned up, and honestly, they looked brand new!


If your rain boots have canvas, like these Burberry Clemence rain boots, avoid getting any olive oil or shine on the canvas.  To clean the canvas, simply take a damp cloth and clean the canvas starting at the top of the boot working your way down.


To finish, throw a dryer sheet in each boot, and store the boots standing up in a dry location (away from sunlight and heat as that will dry out the rubber).

Hunter Boots also sells an inexpensive boot shine and buffer, but if you're looking for an at-home remedy to clean your boots before heading out, olive oil is the way to go!  My high gloss Hunters had the most obvious improvement, but my matte Hunters looked much nicer too!

Now, here's to singing in the rain. :)

25 comments :

  1. Aboslutely needed this DIY because my hunter's look so bad!! Thanks girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. this is such an awesome tip! my Hunters are always getting so dirty. Can't wait to try this out! xx,kenz
    http://sincerelykenz.com

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  3. That's genius. I don't have any rain boots, but I've been thinking about getting some for awhile... particularly every time it rains! Love those Burberry ones!!

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  4. omg you are genius. my Hunter boots have this nasty film on them and I never knew how to get it off!!! doing this today!

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  5. WOW! These seriously look brand new again, amazing! Who knew it was that easy to clean them too. Thanks for the tip girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. They look amazing! I had no idea there was such a simple DIY to make them look all new again. Will be trying this out on my matte Hunters soon!

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  7. great post! i need to clean mine asap! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  8. My hunter's always get SO dirty so this is a must try for me!

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  9. I had no idea that it was going to rain this week :-p Thanks for being my weatherman! I need some wellies - I've been wanting them for a while. You did a great job cleaning them! Big difference!

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  10. You did such a great job with these! They really do look brand new. Thanks for sharing the secret!

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  11. I am so impressed and now honestly I want to go home and pull out my pair immediately and get working on them!

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  12. I don't own any Hunter boots...yet, but when I do I will definitely have to remember this!! I love yours, so cute! :)

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  13. Omg I feel like such an idiot, my hunters are pretty dusty and I figured it was because I keep them in the front closet with the broom and the vacuum hahah. And I totally wipe them with (probably hot) water and a rag haha. Clearly I never research anything. So THANK YOU for this! And I cannot tell you how much I've worn mine in Texas. It rained for weeks earlier this spring! So enjoy hahah!

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  14. This is such a great life hack, they look brand new and without that expensive cleaner!!

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  15. Loving your boot collection! And thank you so much for the cleaning tips, definitely pinning! I always wondered what that white film was on my Hunters, and now I know :)

    Green Fashionista

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  16. I love your little rain boot collection! And such good tips- they look brand new!

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  17. Hunter's are so cute! I wish I had a reason to need them. Dang Arizona!

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  18. Great tips, lady! I need to get a new pair of boots, mine are cracking :(!

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  19. I love rain boots! My mom and I were just talking about blooming--I had no idea you could use olive oil and tire shine! Costco has Hunter Boots right now for a steal, now I'm extra compelled to get another pair!

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  20. Thank you SO much for sharing, I need to clean my Hunters and these tips were exactly what I was looking for! Enjoy the rain over the next few days! :) Xo, Stephanie

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  21. Oh wow, I never knew any of this - thanks for sharing!! They look so new!

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  22. Talk about a cute rainboot collection! I need to clean my Hunters so badly... saving this to do!

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  23. I really need to do this! Loe this post. Thanks for sharing! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  24. Who would have thought olive oil would do the trick?! Good to know for when I someday get myself some boots! ;)

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