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DIY:  Winter Boot Prep

DIY: Winter Boot Prep

HOW TO CLEAN & CARE FOR YOUR BØRN BOOTS

If you’re like us, you live in your Børn boots from the first chilly day in autumn to the last crisp day in spring. Our boots are made with premium full-grain leather, and components that are hand-sewn all the way through the sole. Your Børn boots will last you for years, if you take good care of the leather. Just follow these easy cleaning and conditioning tips, and you’ll be sure to get many more years out of your favorite pair of Børn.

KEY LEATHER CARE TIPS

1. Respect the leather. Use a soft but stiff-bristled brush to remove dirt and dust after each wear. Use a dampened cloth only if necessary. If your boots get really wet, blot off as much water as you can, then let them air-dry. Putting them over a heat register or blow-drying wet boots can dry out the leather, and may lead to stiffness and cracking.

2. Protect new leather. Børn boots aren’t waterproof because of their hand-sewn construction, so use a good leather conditioner to make the leather more water-resisting. A neatsfoot or mink oil-based conditioner works really well, and these products will also help hide deep scuffs and scratches. Ancient Egyptians used a beeswax-based paste if they could get it, and today we are using this premium product. One thing to note, is that many of our boots have natural vegetable oils which are pushed through the leather, making them more flexible, durable and less susceptible to water stains or stains from other elements you may encounter in winter.

3. Preserve aged leather. While conditioning provides water repellency and good stain protection, it also helps prevent wear by keeping the leather supple. Your Børn boots will always be comfortable as long as you respect, protect and preserve the leather consistently.DIY Boot Care Image 02HOW TO:

Whether liquid (oil) or paste, all conditioners will penetrate better if the leather is slightly warm. You can use a blow dryer to do this (it’s ok to use a blow dryer on dry leather). Apply the conditioner or paste evenly with a brush or soft cloth. Rub in gently then wipe off any excess. That’s it.

When the leather starts to lose its lovely luster, it’s time to condition your boots again. Apply your conditioner just as you did before, paying special attention to any area that’s gotten scuffed or where you’ve experienced water seeping in. Work those areas more intensely.

NOTE: If your boots are a perfect match to your favorite handbag, be sure to first test the conditioner in an inconspicuous area. See if you like the results before committing the whole pair, because conditioners do tend to darken the shade of the leather. Lighter colored leathers will darken more than deep browns or black leathers.

BEST CONDITIONERS FOR BØRN BOOTS:

Here we’ve tested our recommended cleaners/conditioners on a pair of Børn full-grain, brushed leather. Neatsfoot oil penetrates the most, while leather balm and beeswax penetrate the leather, but leave a more waxy residue which will go away once you buff. None of these conditioners left any discoloration in the leather of our test sample, once we finished our test.DIY Boot Care Image 03So don’t be afraid to enjoy all your Børn boots this winter — they’ll last you for many snowy and slushy seasons, as long as you take the time to care for the leather. Another inside tip: stuff the toes of your boots with wadded-up newspaper or tissue, and try boot shapers to preserve the shafts.

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