How to Clean Dr. Martens Men's Doc Classic

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How to Clean Dr. Martens Men's Doc Classic
You can clean Dr. Martens Classic shoes. (shoes image by FJ Medrano from

Initially manufactured in the late 1940s and rising to worldwide popularity in the 1960s, Dr. Martens shoes and boots come in dozens of styles and colours. One of the most popular is the "Classic," which is an oxford-style shoe with three or four lace holes. While known for their durability and long life, Dr. Martens shoes still require cleaning and care.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Leather shoe cleaner
  • Cotton cloth

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  1. 1

    Rub a damp cotton cloth, such as an old cotton T-shirt, on the shoes in a circular motion until the dirt is removed. For particularly soiled areas, apply a mild soap to the cloth before cleaning. Remove all of the soap. Let the shoes dry.

  2. 2

    Apply a conservative amount of Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam to the shoes, using a cloth or sponge. Rub the product evenly over the leather parts of the shoes, rubbing it into the seams. If Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam is unavailable, substitute a similar leather-care product.

  3. 3

    Allow the Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam to absorb into the leather for five minutes. Remove the excess product from the shoes with a cotton cloth. Repeat this process once every three months to maintain the integrity of the shoes.

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