How To Clean Your Wellies & Rain Boots

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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!

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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.

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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.

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46 Comments

  1. Ben
    May 6, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I loved reading that Lorna, very informative and I enjoyed co writing it with you.

    • May 6, 2015 / 12:23 pm

      Thanks Ben! I’m glad you were able to write towards it!

  2. Geoff
    May 6, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM x

    • May 6, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      How do you clean yours?

      • geoff
        May 6, 2015 / 6:31 pm

        Get a man to clean them for you

        • May 6, 2015 / 7:04 pm

          Ha ha, I’m pretty independent!

    • May 6, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      You are welcome 🙂

    • May 6, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  3. rainydayprepster
    May 6, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    I am waiting on pins and needles to see those damson wellies. They are gorgeous! Hopefully you wear some red lipstick to make them really pop!

    • May 6, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      I definitely have plans to match them up with make-up and clothing! Hopefully you can see them next week!

  4. rainydayprepster
    May 6, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Awesome i cant wait! I often wear my red matte hunters with white pants and my red UK ralph lauren polo. One of my two british look outfits and a personal fav

    • May 6, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      Sounds nice! I’m not sure how I will style mine yet, but I definitely want a nice yellow PVC raincoat. Have you seen any?

  5. Steven W
    May 6, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    When I lived on the farm my usual technique was to blast my wellies with a cold water pressure hose and then run them under the outdoor hot water tap… (whilst still wearing them, in both cases). Though I appreciate that not everyone has access to a pressure hose or an outdoor hot water tap. LOL Plus I was wearing them several times per day. 🙂 No buffing though… the cows and chickens didn’t care how my wellies looked. 😉

    This was a good read though. They’re all good tips, I reckon. 🙂

    • May 6, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked it 🙂 Yeah I haven’t seen an outdoor hot tap before, ha ha! If I used mine for farm use, I definitely wouldn’t bother buffing them either though!

    • May 6, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      That’s a good idea too!

  6. May 7, 2015 / 1:21 am

    It is a nice post. I am expecting to see your outfit with damson hunter boots! 🙂

    • May 7, 2015 / 1:29 am

      Thank! You will soon 🙂

      • May 7, 2015 / 1:38 am

        I would like to ask whether the new boots are original tall or short. From my point of view, it looks better for you to wear the original tall boots.

        • May 7, 2015 / 1:39 am

          You are in luck, they are the Original Tall Gloss in Damson!

    • May 7, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      They really are!

  7. Omar bushnif
    May 8, 2015 / 12:34 am

    I want the shiny shoes how access it

    • May 8, 2015 / 12:54 am

      The tips here help create the shine.

  8. Omar bushnif
    May 8, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    You have to replace this or you sell it??

    • May 8, 2015 / 2:53 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean?

  9. Adam
    May 14, 2015 / 12:21 am

    Great post! Very informative!

  10. Omar bushnif
    May 15, 2015 / 2:43 am

  11. omar bushnif
    May 22, 2015 / 12:51 am

    Do you sell the shoes in the store?

    • May 22, 2015 / 1:30 am

      No, I don’t sell wellies.

  12. omar bushnif
    May 22, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    What does wellies means??

    • May 22, 2015 / 2:54 pm

      Rain boots, it is the English name for the type of rubber boot I am wearing. ‘Wellington Boot’ shortens to ‘wellies’.

  13. Dan
    May 22, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Is it okay to leave hunters in a bag in the car boot? I sometimes just leave them there…..

    • May 22, 2015 / 10:57 pm

      Probably in Spring and Autumn that’s ok, but I might say in Winter or Summer (depending on your climate) it might not be a good idea as Hunter don’t recommend storing them outside as extreme temperatures can damage the rubber after time.

      • Dan
        May 22, 2015 / 11:45 pm

        Yeah its the uk, up north. they’ll be okay for a few nights then i will take them out.

        • May 23, 2015 / 12:00 am

          I’m UK too so maybe keep them inside to preserve them!

  14. omar bushnif
    May 23, 2015 / 12:42 am

    ok ok, now i get it

  15. omar bushnif
    May 24, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Ok,ok now I get it.

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