How to Clean Military Boots

Military boots are made to be resilient. They require little cleaning and are designed for use in a field environment. That being said, from time to time they may need to be cleaned up. If you do not clean them properly, you can damage them. Never soak your military boots, never expose them to excessive heat and never use soap or an oil or alcohol based product to clean them.

Brush your military boots with a stiff nylon bristle scrub brush. Brush away all loose dirt and debris.

Submerge a clean rag in warm water. Wring it out so it is moist, not saturated. Wipe down boots with the moist rag. If necessary use a water-soluble boot cleaner on any tough stains.

Scrub dirt and debris from cracks and crevices with a soft bristle toothbrush. If necessary dip it in warm water or use water-soluble boot cleaner to remove stains.

Absorb excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth.

Polish black military boots only. Do not polish combat boots. Apply a high-quality black wax polish or leather conditioner to the upper part of your boots and buff it in with a clean, dry rag.

Things You'll Need

  • Nylon bristle brush
  • Rags
  • Water-soluble boot cleaner
  • Leather conditioner or polish
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.