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Clean your Red Wing Boots

How to Clean your Red Wing Boots

Wondering how to clean your Red Wing Boots? We’ve got you covered! As the colder season is here, your boots will start to see a lot more use (unless you plan on wearing flip-flops in the snow!) While we proudly offer complimentary, once-a-month cleaning and polishing, you may find it’s a good idea to clean your Red Wing Boots more often than that.

There are a variety of different leathers and styles, but the basic instructions for how to clean your Red Wing Boots are the same: Clean, Condition, and Protect.

Clean your red wing bootsClean your Red Wing boots

Obviously, to clean your Red Wing boots, you must first get all the dirt and grime off. Remove the laces and set them aside. Next, pour some warm water or a cleaning agent on a soft/hard bristle brush or cleaner bar and gently rub your boot down. For the more soiled areas, put some Red Wing leather cleaner on a clean rag and work it into the leather.

  • Waterproof Leather: clean with warm water and a stiff bristle brush.
  • Oiled Leather: remove excess grime with Red Wing leather cleaner or saddle soap.
  • Dry-Tanned Leather: remove excess grime with Red Wing leather cleaner or saddle soap.
  • Nubuck/Suede Leather: Remove dirt with nubuck/suede brush and cleaner bar. Condition image

Clean your red wing bootsCondition your Red Wing boots

Once you are done cleaning your Red Wings, you’ll want to condition the leather. Apply the appropriate boot cream to the leather of your boot with a clean, dry rag. Let it dry for one hour, and then buff your boots with a soft brush.

  • Waterproof Leather: Naturseal® or Red Wing mink oil paste.
  • Oiled Leather: Naturseal® , Red Wing boot oil, boot paste, or mink oil.
  • Dry-Tanned Leather: Naturseal®, Red Wing mink oil paste, paste wax or boot polish.
  • Nubuck/Suede Leather: Naturseal® Protect image

Clean your red wing bootsProtect your Red Wing boots

Now that you know how to clean your Red Wing Boots, let’s move on to keeping them protected so it’ll be even easier next time! Grab a bottle of Red Wing leather protector and, holding your hand about a foot away from your Red Wing Boot, spray a LIGHT layer on your cleaned and conditioned boots. Let dry, and you’re done!

  • Waterproof Leather: Red Wing leather protector or silicone.
  • Oiled Leather: Red Wing leather protector or silicone.
  • Dry-Tanned Leather: Red Wing leather protector or silicone.
  • Nubuck/Suede Leather: Red Wing leather protector or silicone.

Boot Cleaning Videos:

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a video is worth a thousand pictures! Find out which type of leather your boots are made of, and watch the corresponding video below to see exact instruction on how to clean your Red Wing boots.

Thanks for learning about how to clean your Red Wing Boots!

We hope you find this blog about how to clean your Red Wing boots helpful! If you have any questions about boot cleaning methods, best practices, or products, get in touch! We’d be happy to help out! Give us a call, send us a message on Facebook, or contact us online!