How to clean your wellies and rain boots
A lot of you know by now that I have quite a collection of wellies/rain boots. It’s currently standing at 6 pairs, but it’s soon to be 7 with a new Damson pair on the way! Being a country girl means that I get to wear my wellies quite often as it’s usually muddy and wet around these parts of England, so I thought it would be a good idea to share tips on how to clean your wellies when they get dirty and how to get that glossy shine back!
Why is cleaning wellies so important? It is important to clean your wellies, especially ones made from natural rubber as this helps to protect the rubber from perishing. Some companies supply a treatment spray for rubber wellies to further protect them from perishing too, so it’s good to keep the rubber in tip top condition to make them last longer.
I’ve written this post with one of my good friends, Ben (who loves wellies too), so we have both shared our advice on what we do to keep our wellies in good condition and gleaming! Ben’s way is the more professional approach, going by the guidelines from Hunter Boots themselves, where as my way is the lazy persons way! Enjoy!
Tips from Ben on cleaning very muddy and dirty wellies
What you will need:
– a pair of dirty wellies!
– a bar of non perfumed and non coloured soap
– a water supply (outside tap, hose pipe or even the bath tub)
– a clean towel
– a clean dusting cloth
– a clean dish brush
– a clean dish cloth
First start by rinsing your wellies with clean water, then you need to wet your cloth and dish brush, applying soap to both pieces. Use the cloth to wipe off all the dirt from your wellies and use the dish brush to remove dirt from the soles of your too wellies, providing you have gotten them muddy. Rinse off your wellies and allow them to dry naturally or use a towel to dry most of the water off. You need to leave your wellies to dry in a cool dark and airy place away from extremes of hot and cold temperatures for at least 24 hours or until your wellies are fully dry. You can then buff off any remaining watermarks with a clean and dry dusting cloth. The above method only takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Companies that sell wellies recommend cleaning your wellies after each use, but as each pair varies from brand to brand, please refer to the manufacturers instructions supplied with your wellies.
Tips from Lorna on getting that shine back into your wellies
What you will need:
– A pair of wellies with the dirty white marks on (blooming)!
– An unscented baby wipe (or Hunter boot buffer spray plus microfiber cloth)
– Running water
My method is for cleaning the white marks off of your wellies and getting that shine back. Blooming is the term that companies use for this white film that coats your wellies after some time, this happens because the high quality, natural rubber ages and this is the residue that’s left over as the wellies get older. It’s completely normal and it is tricky to avoid, but if you want to get the glossy shine back so they look brand new, here’s how to do it.
I take an unscented baby wipe and start to buff over the wellies in circular motions to remove the white residue. I do this all over the boots until I can’t see anymore blooming and then I rinse them off under the tap and let them dry. It’s as simple as that! Hunter do have a buffing spray that you can buy and you can spritz that onto your boots and then buff them with a microfiber cloth, this does the trick too, but it’s incredibly simple to clean your wellies this way and I have been doing it with the baby wipes for years now!
Storing your wellies: Always store your wellies clean and dry, in a dark and airy place away from sunlight, artificial heat (such as radiators/heaters) and cold temperatures (don’t store your wellies outdoors in winter, keep them inside your home). I store my wellies in a boot bag inside my wardrobe. This helps prevent damage to the rubber and keep blooming at bay. Here are some tips from Hunter on how to clean your wellies below.