Wearing colourful rubber rain boots may be unfashionable to some women, but not to Hunter Wellington boot-lovers. Stylish women wear Wellington boots, or wellies, in the rain to brighten up their raincoats and keep their feet dry. If you are ready to upgrade from your plain yellow boots to colourful and trendy Hunter wellies, you'll need expert tips to clean and protect your new rain boots. To keep your Hunter wellies clean, use common household products to extend the life of your rubber boots.
Wash off surface dirt with a damp sponge. Mix 1 tbsp of liquid detergent with 1 cup of cold water. Apply the soapy mixture to your Wellington boots with a sponge. Rinse your boots dry with a clean cloth.
Remove mud with a baking soda paste. For dirt that is caked on, mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 1/2 a cup of lukewarm water. Rub the paste on the boots using an old T-shirt. Rinse with cold water to remove any baking soda residue.
Dry your boots away from the heat and direct sunlight. Hunter Boot's website recommends storing the boots in a cool, dry location and never storing them whilst damp. To keep your boots upright while drying, stuff your boots with white tissue paper to keep them stiff and from folding.
Restore shine to dull boots. Wellington boots may lose their shine after a few wearings. After drying your boots, buff them with a soft cloth to revive the shine.
For stubborn dirt stains, Good Housekeeping recommends you substitute kitchen scouring powder for the baking soda to clean your rubber boots.
Hunter's website cautions, "Exposure to oils, solvents and animal fats can swell the rubber on the sole and increase the risk of slipping."