Your new Muck® Boots are constructed with high-grade natural rubber and it is important to follow our care guide to ensure a long and healthy lifespan for your wellington boots.
HOW TO CLEAN & CARE FOR YOUR WELLINGTON BOOTS
Following these steps when cleaning your boots will keep them fresh and help preserve the longevity of your wellies for all your upcoming mucky adventure!
Prep your wellies to remove excess materials such as mud & debris
If the muck on your wellies is dry, we would recommend using a soft brush to brush the excess off as this will help prevent any damage such as scratching to your boots, however if the mucky material is still wet, it should be fine to continue to step two!
Clean your wellies with soapy water
We would advise against using solvents or detergents to clean your wellies, just soapy water would do it! The natural rubber and neoprene upper are very durable and clean up easily with a spray of water or gentle scrubbing with soap and cold water. We wouldn’t recommend putting muck boots wellies in washing machines.
Let your wellies dry naturally at room temperature
While it might be tempting to leave your wellies by a warm radiator, we would advise against it as this will cause the natural rubber to become brittle, deteriorate and crack over time. If water got sloshed inside the boot whilst cleaning, a handy tip is to fill your welly boots with crumpled newspaper which will help to dry them out.
Nourish your wellies
Once the boots are dry, nourish your wellies with wax polish or Grangers Rubber Boot Care. This helps keep the rubber supple, boost UV protection, and to avoid cracking or splitting of the rubber over time providing the ultimate welly protection! It is not recommended to use conditioners on the outsole area. This may cause it to become slick in wet or icy conditions.
HOW TO Store, remove and prolong the life of your Muck® Boots.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE WELLINGTON BOOTS?
Avoid storing your wellies in direct sunlight, near to any artificial heat or in sub-zero temperatures, as this can cause the rubber to become brittle, deteriorate and crack. Store your wellies upright to avoid creasing or folding – some crumpled newspaper will help. One of our favourite storage is under-stair cupboards; your wellies like their home to be cool, well-ventilated and dry, away from strong light.
HOW SHOULD YOU TAKE OFF WELLINGTON BOOTS?
After a long walk, it’s tempting to use a step or the other toe to dig into the heel and force your boots off. We would recommend using a Boot Jack to remove your wellies in one fluid motion. With a boot jack, there will be no more muddy socks and hands, prevents excessive stress to the heel which leads to splitting of the rubber over time, plus, it is much kinder to your back and saves you bending down.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROLONG THE LIFESPAN OF NATURAL RUBBER WELLINGTON BOOTS?
As a natural material, it is important your rubber wellies are maintained and stored appropriately to prolong their life. See the above steps on how to do this. It is also essential to keep the natural rubber nourished and conditioned to avoid cracking or splitting of the rubber over time. Nourish your wellies with wax polish or Grangers Rubber Boot Care. This helps keep the rubber supple, boost UV protection, and to avoid cracking or splitting of the rubber over time. It is not recommended to use conditioners on the outsole area. This may cause it to become slick in wet or icy conditions.
LEATHER & TWEED PRODUCTS
For Leather products, we would recommend cleaning with a damp cloth, and use a stiff shoe brush to remove stubborn dirt. Nourish the leather to keep them supple and resistant to water penetration.
For Tweed products, we would advise letting the mud dry after wear, then using a stiff shoe brush to brush off the dried mud.