So you purchased a nice pair of cowboy boots but you are not quite sure how to properly care for them. Here are a few tips from the western wear experts at Cowntown Cowboy Outfitters.
Getting Rid of Dirt
Use a damp cloth and wipe the boot. It is best to not use any sort of harsh chemical cleaning compound because the chemicals can discolor the boot.
If you haven't cleaned your boots in a while using a damp cloth may not necessarily get all of the dirt off the boot, especially if the dirt has some clay in it. For tough dirt, apply some Saddle Oil to the boot. The oil greatly assists in helping get rid of ingrained dirt while applying a protective coat of oil over the boot.
It is always a good idea to apply a leather conditioner to your boots. The conditioner helps to prevent the boot from drying out and also helps keep the boot soft. If it has been a while since you've done this to your boots, more than one application may be necessary. It is better to have two thin coats of conditioner than one thick coat.
High quality leather cowboy boots are basically waterproof. However, from time to time you will want to apply some water protector to the boot to help keep water running off the boot instead of being absorbed into the leather. Most good quality leather conditioners provide for water repellency.
To get your boots, even old ones, nice and shiny, use some Boot Cream Polish along with a Boot Shine Cloth.
Drying Your Boots
One of the worst things you can do to a cowboy boot is to place it next to a high heat source to dry, like a wood stove or fireplace. Rather than torturing your boots, if your boots are wet, let them air dry or, better yet, place them in a boot dryer. Using a boot dryer is easy and efficient. Just set the dryer into the boot and turn it on. The dryer than simply blows up lukewarm air into the boot, which will dry the boot without ruining the leather.