How to Clean Beeswax Leather Desert Boots

Written by samantha volz
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Beeswax has a large number of uses, from foods to cosmetics. It's likely that your work boots have also been coated with beeswax. Boot manufacturers use beeswax to waterproof leather boots, making them more effective for camping, hiking and working. Keeping your boots clean is a must if you expect them to last through years of hard wear, but you want to be careful not to remove the waterproofing beeswax while you clean. Treat them well and clean them carefully, and your beeswax leather boots can keep your feet safe and dry for years.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Soft cloths
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Remove the laces from the boots. They can be cleaned separately using the same method, but will not be cleaned effectively if they are kept in the boots.

  2. 2

    Wipe the whole surface of the boot with a dry, soft rag or cloth. Remove as much dirt as possible with this dry cloth.

  3. 3

    Dampen a clean, soft rag or cloth in warm water. Do not use a soaked cloth or you risk saturating the leather. Wipe the surface of your boots clean with this damp cloth; re-wet as necessary during cleaning. Wipe the boots until clean.

  4. 4

    Allow the boots to dry in a warm area. Keep drying boots away from direct sunlight or artificial heat sources, as these can severely dry or fade leather.

  5. 5

    Relace the boots when the cleaning is done.

Tips and warnings

  • If the beeswax waterproofing is wearing off of your boots, you can reapply it. Clean the boots thoroughly with a leather cleaner to remove any residual old beeswax, and then apply a beeswax sealant (available at leather stores and some shoe stores) to waterproof the boots.
  • Some leather suppliers or shoe stores will provide polishers and creams designed specifically for waxed leather products. Apply these products after cleaning can add an extra shine to your boots.
  • Never use leather cleaning products on beeswax boots unless you intend to reapply beeswax; these products will strip the waterproofing beeswax from the leather surface.

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