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How to Clean Hunter Boots in 5 Easy Steps

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Last Updated on August 23, 2022

Style icons like Kate Moss and Kate Bosworth paved the way for Hunter wellies to become a practical style staple in our festival (and winter) wardrobes – but how do you clean them?

If you don’t wash them regularly, they’ll be gross before you know it. And while protecting your feet from mud is the real reason for them, it’s always nice to keep them looking fresh.

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Luckily, it’s pretty easy to clean Hunter boots at home with a few household products. In this guide, we’ll take you through each step to make sure your favourite pair stays in tip-top condition.

hunter boots in a field

Step 1

  • Remove any excess dirt on your hunter boots with a brush, then use a damp cloth or vacuum cleaner to remove the rest.

Step 2

  • Mix warm water with soap or cleaner.
  • Remember not to use hot water or chemical cleaners, as these can damage the leather.
  • Also, be wary of using bleach and abrasive cleaners, as well as cleaning brushes that might damage your hunter boots.

Step 3

  • Scrubbing with a brush or cloth will clean the Hunter boot’s exterior and you can also use this to clean inside. 
  • Use a toothbrush to get into tight spaces or crevices, such as around pull tabs and eyelets. 
  • If you have a rough sponge or towel that’s appropriate for cleaning your Hunter boots, this is another great option. 
  • Be sure to be careful when using any sort of cleaning product on your shoes—it’s always better to test an area first before applying any chemical directly onto leather or suede.

Step 4

  • Rinse the hunter boots thoroughly with clean water to remove soap residue.

Step 5

  • Let your hunter boots air dry away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and any other items that can damage the leather.

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How do you make Hunter boots look new again?

If you really want to give your wellies the shine they arrived with, you can buy Hunter’s Rubber Boot Buffer.

This product is designed to restore your boots to their original shine and is suitable for both matte and gloss styles.

Why do my Hunter boots look chalky?

After a while, your Hunter’s might appear chalky.

This white powdery effect is called ‘blooming‘ by the brand, and is caused by insoluble particles rising to the surface when worn in certain conditions.

This is perfectly normal and is a characteristic of natural rubber.

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