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How to Clean Cat Boots

Updated February 21, 2017

Caterpillar is a leader among retailers specialising in heavy-duty work gear, not the least of which is footwear. Cat boots are durable, comfortable and offer protection for your feet, and with this comes a hefty price tag. With a little care, you can protect your investment and get years of great wear out of your Cat boots.

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  1. Use an air compressor tank outfitted with a hose and nozzle to clean dirt and mud off your boots. Hold the nozzle close and nearly parallel to the boot to direct the high-pressure stream of air at the dirty area, and blow the dirt away. This is an effective method of removing surface dirt. If you do not have access to a compressor, use a stiff brush to brush off any excess dirt or mud.

  2. Clean the boots with a leather or saddle soap approved for the material from which your boots are made. Follow the instruction that come with the cleaner you choose. Most require that you apply them and rub them in with a rag, allow them to stand for a few minutes, then use another rag to remove any excess lather. They don't typically require any rinsing.

  3. Polish for smooth leathers, or spray with waterproofing for suede and other rough leathers.

  4. Tip

    When using cleaners and polishes, spot-test a small, inconspicuous area first to be sure the product won't harm your boots.


    Do not try to clean wet mud off of boots; allow it to dry first, to keep from grinding it into the leather.

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Things You'll Need

  • Air compressor or stiff brush
  • Leather cleaner
  • Rags
  • Leather polish
  • Waterproofing spray

About the Author

Angela Baird has been writing professionally since 1995. She has a wide range of life experiences from work with abused animals with the Humane Society, to more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the culinary arts. In addition, she keeps horses and does her own home improvements and home gardening.

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