7 Steps to Care for Your Wellies and Make Them Last ...


It is springtime where I live and it seems as if it is raining everyday, so I have put together 7 ways to care for your Wellies. Regardless of what time of year it is, rubber boots always come in handy and it is important to keep them in tip-top shape. And if you’ve paid generously for good quality rubber boots, you will most likely want them to last for years. I spend a lot of time outside and have a collection of Wellies that looked awfully beat up, so I went in search of a remedy. After scouring sources on the Internet, I spent hours testing various methods and these are the techniques that I found to work the best. These steps should also help to prevent, or get rid of, the naturally occurring "bloom" that seems to plague good rubber boots and develops when the rubber is exposed to the elements, especially heat. The "bloom" is a protective wax in the rubber that appears in the form of a white film, or white dust, dulling the color of the boot. Although "blooming" is more common on un-glossed boots, glossed boots are still susceptible. So give these steps a try!

1. Start with a Clean Surface

The first step in this comprehensive guide to clean and care for your Wellies, is to start by removing any dirt left on your boots with a soft bristle brush and thoroughly washing off your Wellies with soap and water. Then mix together 2 cups of distilled white vinegar with 2 cups of water to rinse off any remaining soap residue. Now you’ll have a clean surface to work with! In general, it is a good idea to rinse your boots often, as outside elements can be harsh on the material. Residue salt and leftover mud can dry out and crack the rubber boot.

Treat with Goo Gone & Buff with a Magic Eraser
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