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How do I clean Timberland leather boots?

Updated July 20, 2017

The original Timberland leather boot was introduced almost 40 years ago and is still in production. The company is famous for making sturdy waterproof boots for hikers and mountain climbers. The premium oiled full-grain waterproof leather boots are made to withstand the roughest elements and are expected to get dirty. Timberland sells its own range of specialist cleaning products for its boots. Cleaning your Timberlands regularly will extend their working life.

Dry the boots at room temperature. Avoid placing near a radiator or fire as overheating will make the leather stiff and brittle. Take out the inner soles and remove the laces to allow air to circulate. Laces can be washed separately by hand.

Remove any dried mud from the soles with a stiff brush. Gently scrub the grooves of the soles with a toothbrush dipped into a solution of water and washing up liquid. This will keep the tread clean.

Use a clean damp cloth to wipe off grime from the leather uppers. Excess dirt can be removed by using a soft bristle brush. Rub stubborn stains with a piece of stale bread and use a clean eraser to remove scuffs.

Clean the leather with a water-based product such as Timberland's Boot Sauce Cleaner Gel. Using the sponge applicator, work the gel into the leather using circular motions. Wipe away any excess gel.

Work a leather conditioner into the boots to replace lost natural oils. While the boots are still slightly moist from cleaning, work the conditioner into the uppers and buff with a soft, dry cloth.

Set the clean boots aside to dry naturally for 24 hours. Use a boot tree to help retain their shape.

Protect your boots by applying Timberland Balm Proofer XL. Spray over the whole leather surface. Leave for one to two minutes, then wipe over with a soft cloth to remove excess. Leave to dry.

Replace the inner soles and spray the inside of your boots with a freshener like Timberland's Air Raider Boot Refresher. Lace up your boots with clean, dry laces.

Things You'll Need

  • Stiff boot brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Washing up liquid
  • Soft cloths
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Slice of stale bread
  • Clean eraser
  • Water-based leather cleaner
  • Leather boot conditioner
  • Leather protector spray
  • Freshener spray
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Catherine Ketley was a teacher in London for 20 years, later authoring online materials for the British government and National College. She moved into print media in 2001. Ketley holds a bachelor's degree in education and English. In 2002, she also earned a distinction for postgraduate research.