Wellington boots are a rubber boot originally made popular in Britain during World War I. The word "wellie" is a generic term referring to any rubber boot, but the roots go back to the originator, Scotland's Hunter, Ltd. The Queen of England wears green wellies, earning Hunter a royal warrant. Occasionally, the green surface of a welly is marred by white streaks, called "blooming." The white is actually wax used in the all-natural rubber compound that forms the boot. When exposed to certain environmental conditions, the wax emerges from within the rubber and the white streaks occur. They can be removed.
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Things you need
- Damp cloth
- UV Tech spray
- UV Tech boot polish
- Olive oil
Wipe the white streak from the boot at first sighting. Hunter suggests using a warm, damp cloth and rubbing firmly until the streak disappears. To avoid scarring the rubber, do not use an abrasive or other chemical as the boot is made of all natural products.
Apply UV Tech spray if the streak persists. Hunter has a store in New York City, and you can order the product through them. Or you can order directly through Hunter, Ltd. in Scotland, using a credit card. Shipping costs are charged.
Check diving, boating, hunting or sporting goods retailers in your area for a UV Tech product. Companies dealing in rubber-based products are knowledgeable about the waxy streaking and the use of UV Tech compounds. The McNett Corporation in Bellingham, Washington, produces a UV Tech product that can be ordered directly.
Wipe the white streak with olive oil, or any oil product that is all natural with no chemicals added. Wipe the oil from the boot with a warm damp cloth after the streak is removed.
Tips and warnings
- Wipe your boots after use, especially if they are damp.
- Dry your wellies in a cool, dry place, standing upright on a boot rack for all-around circulation.
- Polish the wellies and condition the rubber with a rubber boot polish.
- Store upright, as bending may damage the shape of the rubber.
- UV Tech products protect against sun damage and colour fading.
- Do not dry your wellies in the sunlight, as it will damage the rubber. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may affect the colour of the rubber.
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