Boot care made easy – How to best care for your LOWA boots
Step 1: Preparation and preventive
After every use be sure to allow the boot to air out and dry properly. Do that by removing the footbed and laces so you can pull back the tongue fully to open up the boot. When you are preparing to clean and care for it, first do the same: Remove the footbed and laces so you can reach with your shoe care products into hidden edges and corners, for example on the tongue and gusset.
Step 2: Cleaning your boots
Heavily soiled boots can be cleaned with a brush and warm water to remove dirt before applying products. We recommend a specialised shoe cleaning product that is designed to remove the most stubborn dirt. In areas with water with high calcium content we recommend using distilled water for cleaning (for example, from a condenser clothes dryer or a dehumidifier).
Step 3: Impregnate your boots
After you have thoroughly cleaned your boots, you will need to apply a water-proofing impregnation spray while they are still slightly damp. The boots‘ leather pores are wide open while they are damp and that allows the impregnation treatment to penetrate deeply into the leather. Regular applications of an impregnation spray are recommended to keep water and dirt from sticking or soaking in. It’s particularly important because soaking wet boots lose their breathability, which affects their ability to regulate your foot’s temperature. Take note that a water-proofing treatment needs 24 hours to fully take effect.
Step 4: Care for your boots
No matter how hard, how often, when or where you use your boots, they should be cleaned regularly with specialised shoe care products. Particularly if they are used frequently in extremely wet conditions it is vital to apply a waxy shoe paste or creme – even on boots made with a GORE-TEX® membrane. Leather that has been soaked with water and has swollen must be restored in order to retain a boot’s fit, flexibility and durability. If a boot does not receive proper care, the leather will dry out, become brittle, and will pull at the seams, leaving your boots irreparably damaged. To avoid this, shoe care products can be rubbed on with a rag and polished in with a brush. Carefully using a hair dryer to blow warm air on the boots will improve the creme’s ability to penetrate the leather’s pores.