How To Clean Work Boots

17 May 2023

How To Clean Work Boots

How to clean CAT work boots.

The worksite can be unpredictable, and so can the weather, there’s nothing worse than coming home with filthy work boots. From working on the building site, or even outside in that muddy field in pouring rain, your work boots  need to do the hard yards to keep your feet protected. It’s definitely worth keeping them in prime condition, so they last longer. Clean boots will mean you can focus on the job at hand and not your feet.

We also assume that you have already previously treated your boots with our range of leather and suede shoe care.

Follow our top tips for helping to clean up your work boots and have them looking as fresh as they did on day 1 (we hope).

What you might need:

Bowl of warm soapy water

Microfibre Cloths

Soft synthetic brush (old tooth brushes can do wonders)

Start with the laces

First remove the laces, whilst they are still dry, use a dry brush to knock out any mud, then chuck them into a bowl of soapy water to soak whilst you get to work on the boots.

Give them a little brush while they are dry

Before applying any water to your boots, use the brush to sweep off any excess or clumpy mud. Using a microfibre cloth, you should be able to gently rub out stubborn stains on the boots.

It’s highly recommended to use leather friendly soaps and water on your boots to prevent staining.

Target the insides of the boots

The interior of work boots can create a breeding ground for bacteria, with sweat potentially leaking into the insoles and footbeds, ensuring that the insides of your boots are just as clean as the outside can become really important.

Give yours a little refresh with a microfibre cloth dipped in soapy water. Rub it into the fabric lining of the boots until you start to see bubbles or foam forming, then using a damp soap free cloth, give it another rub to soak in the suds.

It’s even recommended to pop a tablespoon of baking soda into each boot, giving it a shake and letting it sit for 24 hours to soak up excess liquids. Just don’t forget to dump out the powder before you put them back on.

Dry them out

Let your wet boots and laces dry in an airy place, without exposing them to too much excessive heat.

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