Some think that the more attention spent on cleaning one's boots, the better the care. Not true!
Over-cleaning actually strips the finish and colour from fine boots -- particularly those made with European calf.
The best method for cleaning on an every-day basis is simply a HOSING OFF. One of the worst thing to do for boots is a WIPE OFF -- that actually grinds into the leather whatever the dirt is -- a sand arena, for example.
Hose them off with water and take a wipe on those extra salty or dirty parts.
At the end of the day, a good old-fashioned buff with a rag - like a shoe-shine you might get in the streets of Chicago, is the best last step with a leather milk or water-based creme. It actually brings the shine back.
And the best way and easiest way to handle the boots -- with them on your legs for stability
The Equestrian's Concierge offers this service - a great way to make them show-ring-ready.
Let us know what you think.
Ashley@EquestrianConcierge.com • @OutfittedByEQ • #OutfittedByEQ • Facebook.com/EquestrianConcierge
Ashley Matchett Woods is the owner of The Equestrian’s Concierge at Sonoma Horse Park in Northern California. EQ offers expert, conditioning, care and restoration services for your saddles, tack and fine leather boots.