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8 Best Ways to Clean Timberland Boots

A fashion must-have, Timberland boots are known for their consistency, durability, and authenticity. VIPFashion tells you how to clean Timberland boots in this article to keep your favorite fashion accessory as shiny as new!

Pre-cleaning Tip

Always remove the shoelaces before cleaning the shoes. You can handwash them separately.

The Abington Shoe Company introduced new waterproof shoes in 1973. Named Timberland, these shoes were made with a new injection-molding technology that would fuse the sole to the leather. Timberland shoes gained so much popularity that in 1976, the company changed its name to Timberland Company.
In the beginning, when the Timberland Company started with the production of Timberland boots, they never for once imagined that it would be a trend-setter. These rugged shoes were created to withstand the harsh working conditions keeping the working class in mind. Eventually, their conventional boots of Wheat Nubuck color became a fashion essential. As leading British fashion designer Matthew Miller has said, "It's all about function, that's what makes it an iconic piece of design. Every stitch, every piece of material and every step in the construction process. It works on so many levels, for everyone from rappers to riggers."
Your closet will be complete once you add this "iconic piece of design" into your collection. However, these rugged boots too need to be properly cleaned from time to time. Buzzle lays down useful cleaning tips to help you out.


1. Timberland Dry Cleaning Kit
The Timberland Company suggests the use of their nylon brush and cleaner bar, which comes in their dry cleaning kit to clean leather, suede, or canvas shoes. Bristles of the brush will help you remove the dirt, grim, and caked mud. Using the cleaner bar, you can gently rub the stains out. After you are done with the cleaner bar, use the brush again for a final cleaning of any dirt residue.

2. Timberland Water-based Cleaners
Like the dry cleaning kit, the company offers various water-based cleaners. Tubed foam cleaners and sprays help you with intensive cleaning of the dirty boots. Applying the tubed cleaner before brushing out the dirt will help you with the process. Dampen the surface of the boots with a cleaner spray and smooth out the area in one direction. This will help you remove any tough stains without ruining the leather. The footwear care line kit that the company offers will aid you clean and protect your footwear by making them water-repellent.

3. Jason Markk Cleaner Kit
You can clean your boots with the Jason Markk kit as well. Use the product's brush to rub out any dirt or grease residue from the sole. Use a cloth to dampen the shoe surface with the cleaner, and rub to clean it. Let it air-dry.

However, if you do not want to purchase any cleaning kit, there are a few home remedies that you can try out.


4. Dish Soap and Toothbrush
You always do not need special cleaners to finely clean your boots. All you need is a dish soap and water solution, an old toothbrush, and a cleaning towel. Scrub the bottom of the shoes with the old toothbrush to remove all the dirt. Use the dish soap to help clean the bottom of your shoes. After that's done, use a cloth to apply the soap and water solution on the surface of the shoes. Rub the stains gently with the brush. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth and air-dry it.

5. Baby Wipes and a Bread Slice
A baby wipe is an effective, safe, and gentle measure to clean the surface of your boots. Wipe the entire boot surface with baby wipes, which will not harm the leather. Then scrub the stained surface with a stale and crust-free bread piece as it is proves to be the best soft scrubber for your boots. Use a pencil eraser or fine-grade sandpaper to smooth the scuffed surface and remove deep stains.

6. Talcum Powder
After cleaning the dirt from the sole, sprinkle talcum powder on the grease stains, and leave it overnight. Use a brush to rub off the powder and grease. Use a vinegar and water solution to dampen the surface, and wipe it off gently.

7. Oatmeal
Instead of talcum powder, you can rub the boots with plain oatmeal. Keep them overnight, and then clean them off with a brush.

8. Steamer
Apply steam from a steamer to the stain area to make it moist. Rub the area with a brush to clean it.

If the above methods don't give you satisfactory results, your last resort is to take your boots to a professional, who deals with leather and suede.