Boot care guide
De Niro riding boots are boots made of excellent quality Italian leather. When you take good care of your riding boots, and treat them with leathercare products regularly, you’ll enjoy your boots for a very long time. But what is the right way to take care of your riding boots? And what can you do to keep them in the best shape possible?
This video below will show you exactly how to clean and treat your boots! Any questions after the video?? Scroll down further, for more tips on how to take care of your boots!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR RIDING BOOTS?
The frequency with which you should take care of your boots is different for every rider. It depends on a variety of factors, like how often you ride, the intensity of the ride and the conditions of the riding area. For instance, if you ride once a week, then it should be enough to clean your boots once per month with the cleaner and the cream. But when you ride up to 4 to 5 times per week, than you should clean your boots once per week. When you ride a lot in a muddy area or in a very humid environment, it would be wise to clean the boots after every ride, with a cloth or soft brush.
10 TIPS FOR OPTIMAL BOOTCARE
When you are not wearing the boots, make sure that a pair of boot shapers is in the boots. Boot shapers ensure the shape of your riding boots and prevent creases in the leather. However, make sure you use boot shapers that can ventilate and do not deny the boots from fresh air. When your boots can’t breathe, mold could develop from the moist in the boots.
Put your boots in a boot bag, to prevent them from damage, but make sure you let your boots dry and breathe well before putting them in the boot bag. The boot bag prevents your boots from damage, especially during transport.
Do not use saddle- soap or oil on your riding boots. Riding boots can discolor, stitching may release or the leather can get dull spots by using saddle- soap or oil. Above that, your boots can get too flexible by using saddle- soap or oil, making them sag faster and making the leather crease more easily.
Riding boots are made for riding, so only wear your riding boots during the ride. Manure, water and mud can affect your boots, which can cause the leather to wear out more easily. When your riding boots get wet, let them dry at room temperature. When the inside of the boots gets wet, you can put crumpled newspapers in your riding boots, and get them out again the next day. The paper absorbs the moisture. Never place your riding boots next to a heater or fireplace, because this is what causes dehydration of the leather.
When your riding boots get wet, let them dry at room temperature. When the inside of the boots gets wet, you can put crumpled newspapers in your riding boots, and get them out again the next day. The paper absorbs the moisture. Never place your riding boots next to a heater or fireplace, because this is what causes dehydration of the leather.
Clean the zippers regularly with special zipper spray. This spray ensures a longer lifetime of the zipper.
Do you have the luxury of having 2 pairs of riding boots? Then we would advise you not to use the same riding boots every day. The riding boots will last longer when you switch between the two pairs every other day, because the moisture and bacteria of your feet accelerate the wear and tear of the boots. When you are wearing the one pair of boots, the other pair has time to dry and breathe well.
When purchasing new calf leather riding boots, we recommend to treat them with cream in the color of the leather. This ensures optimal retention of the color, particularly for colors like Blue, Cognac, Bordeaux and Brown etc. Also, for black riding boots we recommend to treat them with black cream every now and then. For riding boots you should not use shoe shine.
With lacquer leather or brushed leather, we recommend to use a damp cloth every time after use. Besides that, you can take care of the boots with special lacquer care products, which provide a shiny effect. The secret behind the extra shine of your lacquer- or brushed leather is treating it with a nylon stocking or a gloss sponge. After putting shoe cream on the boots, make sure to let the shoe cream sit for a while, before using a stocking or sponge to add extra gloss.
Other special leather types require special treatment, for instance: suede or Montus leather. These kinds of leather are very vulnerable and less firm. Add some special spray for these kinds of leather onto the large surfaces of the boots, to protect them against stains, water rings and discoloration. But be careful with this spray, because excessive use can actually cause stains and discoloration. To clean stains in the leather, special suede-nubuck blocks are available. Use this as soon as possible after the stain appears to limit the damage.