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How To Clean Duck Boots

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It’s the rainy weather season, and I LOVE duck boots! Here are the best tips for how to clean duck boots so you maintain a stylish outdoor lifestyle.

Duck Boots are a waterproof, shoe-like boot that have a rubber lower section and a leather or waterproof textile upper. Perfect match for a stylish outdoor lifestyle and they keep my feet extra warm.

Duck boots have become a basic essential item in my winter capsule wardrobe.During the cold and wet wintertime, I couldn’t manage all the rainy and snowy days without this wardrobe basic that every woman should have in her closet.

step by step tutorial on how to clean duck boots at home

How To Clean Your Duck Boots

From outdoor hiking to casual date night in cold and wet weather, ducks boots with your favorite sweater dress are so perfect together. Choose any snow and rain proof boots that are versatile when it comes to assembling outfits with your capsule wardrobe collection. Learn how to clean your favorite duck boots so that they last a longtime.

Repair salt or snow stains right away

Avoid the boots damage from snow or salty streets by brushing the dirt off and wiping down the boots with a damp cloth. Apply stain remover as soon as possible after the contact and let it air dry overnight to remove stains.

Apply a boot protectant

It’s always the best idea to apply a boot protectant as you continue wearing them. This will help waterproof your boots and soften the leather so it doesn’t crack or give an aged looking appearance.

Pro tip: The more often you apply to the leather, the longer your boots will last longer.

Moisturize Leather

Just like you apply moisturizer on your skin on winter weather, you also need to moisturize your boots regularly to maintain the shine and make the leather last longer.

Treat the rubber soles

During the winter, it’s the best to add a thin protective rubber sole to and already existing sole in order to extend the lifespan of existing sole. Most shoes repair shops offer the service, but you can get your own and do it yourself!

Clean interior

In addition to kill odors and clean the lining inside the boots, I lightly mist vinegar and water 50/50 solution. Once the interior is misted, take a cloth and wipe out the interior, focussing especially toe and heel areas.

Let the boots dry in a cool place for 24-48 hours. Don’t worry if you are worried about smell of vinegar, it will disappear quickly!

Sprinkle baby powder in your boots

Also if you don’t like to sprinkle vinegar, you can substitute with baby powder or baking soda. Every few weeks, sprinkle the inside of the bootswith baby powder to soak up the smell. Make sure to shake the excess powder out of your boots before wearing them 😉

Keep Boots In Shape

I use rolled up magazines to keep my boots in shape but if you want to make it more organized you can use boot shaper or boot trees.

Here are a list of the best shoe cleaning tips so that you can better take care of your favorite capsule wardrobe essentials.

When you purchase quality basic essential items, you really want to take good care of them so that they last a long time. Follow these easy tips to clean duck boots so they look great and last even longer.

How do you clean your duck boots?

Share your favorite duck boots cleaning tips with us!

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Becca Wilson

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

I have only had one pair of duck boots in my whole life and I loved them. These are some really great tips to make sure that they stand the test of time.

Fashion Wanderer

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Thank you for share your experience with us Becca


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Useful care tips that are easy to follow. I always take care of my shoes and boots, especially when I can make them last longer and keep their shape.

Fashion Wanderer

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

I enjoy owning quality clothing items and accessories in my capsule wardrobe, so therefore its important for me to take good care of them. Glad that you found these duck boot tips to be useful :)


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Those are some good duck boot care tips. In general when you have leather shoes you must protect them and make sure the leather is moist and well protected. Especially, when you live in the area with a snowy and rainy winters :)

Fashion Wanderer

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us Marcela! It is definitely important to keep any leather shoes moist and well protected, especially in snowy areas. Otherwise, the leather will crack and look extremely worn.

Angela Tolsma

Monday 12th of November 2018

I think all my shoes except for sandals get a protectant on them and then cleaned whenever I come home and are dirty. It has made a huge difference in how they last!

Fashion Wanderer

Monday 12th of November 2018

Daily care for shoes and boots really helps them to last longer. I highly recommend a protectant over all footwear to help them look cleaner.

Flossie McCowald

Monday 12th of November 2018

Honestly, I never thought about most of these. I guess I don't wear my duck boots nonstop enough to warrant most of them. But yes - first thing on the rare occasion when I get a new pair is, treat the leather and seams with Sno-Seal. Then reapply as often as needed (usually every fall).

Fashion Wanderer

Monday 12th of November 2018

Sno-Seal is a great protectant to spray over duck boots. Helps to protect the outer layers and makes them last so much longer! Thanks for sharing your experience Flossie!