How to Care for Your Boots

Boot Care Tips

You can prolong the life of your boots with the proper care. The tips below explain how to care for the various types of boots available at GEMPLER'S.

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PVC & Vinyl Boots

PVC & Vinyl Boot Care
• Rinse boots thoroughly after every use
• Wash with mild soap and water if needed
• Allow the boots to dry in a cool, dry place, preferably by hanging them
  on a boot rack or using a boot dryer
• Do not dry in direct sunlight
• Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may contribute to drying out
  and stiffening of the boot materials
• For waders, turn inside out and hang to dry
• This will also help to prevent odor buildup

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Rubber Boots

Rubber Boot Care
• Rinse boots thoroughly after every use
• Wash with mild soap and water if needed
• Allow the boots to dry thoroughly in a cool, dry place, preferably by
  hanging them on a boot rack or using a boot dryer
• Do not dry in direct sunlight
• Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may contribute to drying out
  and stiffening of materials
• Treat rubber boots regularly with a rubber conditioner
• For waders, turn inside out and hang to dry
• This will also help to prevent odor buildup

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Full-grain & Oiled Leather Boots

Full-Grain & Oiled Leather Boot Care
• Wash the dirt and mud off boots with water and mild soap
• Let the boots air dry at room temperature
• Do not dry boots on or near a heat source, it may dry out and stiffen the leather
• After the boots are dry, apply a boot and shoe oil or a leather dressing liberally,
  let dry overnight. Wipe off any excess in the morning. This may slightly
  darken leather.
• Using the above system preserves and weatherproofs your boots
• Never use on brushed, suede or silicone-treated leathers

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Suede, Nubuck & Split Leather Boots

Suede, Nubuck & Split Leather Boot Care
• Do not use water
• Brush off the dirt with a nylon bristle brush
• Apply a silicone waterproofing product evenly and let dry at room temperature,
  away from a direct heat source. Repeat application.
• This will allow the boot to repel water, snow and dew

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Cordura® Nylon Boots

Cordura® Nylon Boot Care
• Clean the Cordura with a damp cloth using mild soap and water to remove dirt,
  mud and salt stains
• If the boot is leather trimmed, use the appropriate leather care product
  on that area
• Allow the boot to dry at room temperature

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Gore-Tex® Lined Boots

Gore-Tex® Lined Boot Care
• Boots that have a Gore-Tex waterproof lining should not require
  any other type of waterproofing
• Wash the dirt and mud off boots with water and mild soap
• Let the boots air dry at room temperature

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