HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BOOTS
A Note on Leather: Our leather is a natural material and is therefore subject to change from hide to hide and with daily use. Changes in the color of the leather and signs of wear are normal. Irregularities in the consistency and depth of the color in each pair of boots should not be considered a fault but inherent of the natural beauty of the leather. With a little preventative maintenance, your pair of leather HELM boots can easily last 15 to 20 years... or longer.
A Note on Leather Soles: Leather soles are softer than rubber soles. If you expect to wear your leather-soled HELM every day then we estimate a sole life of 4-6 months. You can extend sole life by rotating the days you wear them and using shoe trees when you are not wearing them. If you want a boot that wears longer then we recommend purchasing a rubber-soled boot or taking your leather soled HELM to a cobbler to add a rubber sole protector.
Wet or damp HELM boots should be wiped dry with a clean cloth, then opened as wide as possible and air dried at room temperature. It may take awhile. Be patient and never use a dryer, sunlight or other heat source to dry as it will overly dry the leather, making it stiff and brittle.
- Spot-clean dirt on your HELM boots with a damp cloth
- Avoid exposure to salt water and extended periods of direct sunlight
- Leather is a natural material, much like your skin, and will absorb sweat during wear. Extend the life of your HELM boots by alternating days of wear to allow them to fully dry.
The frequency at which you need to clean and dress your boots depends on the amount of use and the conditions in which you wear them. If you've been wearing them in dusty and dirty conditions and the leather appears dry or scuffed and soaks up moisture, you’re past due for giving your boots a little TLC.
- Remove dirt from the boot by cleaning thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush.
- Scrub gently with a Saddle Soap (we recommend the one by Otter Wax which is available at the HELM Store), then wipe off the cleaner and dirt with a little warm water and a clean cloth.Let dry thoroughly.
- Using leather cleaner reduces the oil in the leather. To add oil back to the leather, apply Huberd's Shoe Oil or Otter Wax Leather Oil as directed. Be careful not to overly saturate the leather as it will darken the color
- Buff to a beautiful shine
- Take care not to get leather cleaner or oils on denim or canvas panels.
You shouldn't have to shine your boots more than 2-3 times a year with normal wear.
- Use a product like Venetian Shoe Cream or Otter Wax Leather Salve
- Wipe off your boots with a dry, clean cloth
- Working in sections, use a small amount of product and rub into the leather
- Using a dry section of cloth, buff the leather to a shine. These two products shouldn't darken the leather but if it is darker, it should lighten over a day or two of wear.
- Take care not to get product on denim or canvas panels.
You may find that you would like some extra waterproofing protection in which case we recommend using Huberd's Shoe Grease to go over the leather and the seams and stitching of your boots. Do this once or twice a year.