How to Polish Military Boots

Written by arlene mason
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Anyone who has been in the Military knows how to polish boots, at least somewhat. But can you make them shine? Here is a sure fire way to “spit-shine” your boots and they don’t have to be military boots either.

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Things you need

  • Large stiff shoe brush
  • Small stiff shoe brush
  • Black shoe polish
  • Large soft shoe brush
  • Water
  • Old T-shirt

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  1. 1

    Take your large stiff brush and clean the dirt off the boot.

  2. 2

    Take the small stiff brush and apply black shoe polish liberally all over the boot.

  3. 3

    Take the large soft brush and run it over the boot to put a gentle shine on the boot, there is no need to polish it hard at this time.

  4. 4

    Fill the shoe polish container lid with water.

  5. 5

    Take an old T-shirt, one that has been washed and worn several times and is very soft, and dip one small part of one corner in the shoe polish. Rub this on the boot in small circular motions, start on the toe and work in one part at a time.

  6. 6

    Dip the same part of the shirt into the water, use just a very little (the spit) and rub it on the same part of the boot that you just rubbed the polish. As you rub, you will notice that the boot is getting shinier. Continue around the boot until it has polish on all parts.

  7. 7

    Take a clean portion of the same T-shirt; pull it across the toe to buff it. You will have one end in one hand and the other in the other. The more you buff, the shinier it will get. Do the same on the heel and the upper shoe.

  8. 8

    Repeat the process on the other boot.

Tips and warnings

  • With patience and elbow grease, your boots will look better than they ever have.

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