How to Care For Your Ladies Riding Boots

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Ladies Riding Boots Need Attention Too

They’ve just arrived. They look perfect—pristine; untouched; a masterpiece.

You don’t want to get them dirty, let alone take them outside! Although you desperately want to wear them, you can’t come to terms with using them.

Eventually, you’ll have to. Unfortunate as that may be, they won’t be forever perfect. You will get them muddy. They will wear (but hopefully not tear).

But how much is up to you.

Whether your pair of ladies riding boots has just arrived, you’ve had them for a while or you’ve yet to buy some (and want to bookmark this article for when you do), they should be properly maintained and cared for.

To keep them as near-perfect as possible, here are some ideas fromThe Spanish Boot Company on how to care for your boots made in Spain:

Each time they’ve been used, take a barely damp cloth or sponge and wipe dirt, manure and any horse sweat from the surface. Any mud or manure deteriorates the seams and dries out the leather. 

However, do not drench the boots! Apply just enough water to get any dirt off, but not enough to soak them. If water isn’t enough to get the mud off, gently apply some leather cleaner instead (never apply a household cleaner [it may permanently damage the leather], but instead a product specifically designed for it).

Wet Outside?
For the sake of your Spanish leather boots —don’t wear them alone in the wet. Instead, protect your boots with rubber overshoes (and remove them before storage).

And be wary, condensation is likely to form between your foot, the boot and the overshoe. Therefore, allow air to circulate and dry out the sole to prevent mildewing, and also to preserve the integrity of the stitching. 

And if your boots get wet, allow them to dry completely before wearing them again, but not near a heater— let them dry at room temperature. 

When tucked away, they should be kept upright with the use of boot trees. And if they’ll be dormant for a season or longer, be sure they are 100% clean, lying flat (also using boot trees), in a dust bag and out of direct sunlight.

Although wooden boot trees can help repel moisture and pests, plastic ones are the most economical option. And before you insert a boot tree, allow any perspiration inside the boots to dry naturally.

Notes About Leather
Because riding boots are normally made from ‘polished’or ‘finished’leather (different from the leather used for saddles, work boots, etc.), many regular leather-cleaning products are too harsh and won’t suffice.

Leather products (including your Spanish riding boots) should be kept in a temperature-controlled environment that is free from rodents. Also, extreme heat and cold temperatures are detrimental.

Your ladies riding boots deserve the best. Clean them properly, protect them in the wet and store them safely. 

Look after them well — they’ll stay good as new and last a very, very long time.

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