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post #1 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning boots

Do you clean your paddock boots after every use? I just got a pair of Ariat paddock boots that cost a pretty penny and I don't want to ruin them before they are even broken in. I wiped them down with warm wet wash cloth. Is that good enough?
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 01:00 AM
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I just clean off my ariat boots with warm water.. well a damp cloth with warm water.
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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cool that's what I did, but wasn't sure if it would dry them out.
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 09:28 AM
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I wear my Ariat paddock boots all the time. If they ever get muddy I wait for them to dry, and then brush off the caked on dirt. Though, to be honest, I tend to just leave them dirty.
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 09:57 AM
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No saddle soap or conditioner/oil! Just clean them with water. You can use a mild soap like castile soap if they get really dirty. Use boot cream polish every few months to keep the leather supple and conditioned.

Kiwi boot care kit is a good one. It has cleaner and polish with appropriate brushes and whatnot.
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Some good boot care tips:
http://www.allensboots.com/site/page...9-pn_Boot_Care
http://www.nashvilleboots.com/boot_care_35_ctg.htm

Ariat's recommendations: http://www.ariat.com/leather_care.aspx
The Ariat cleaners and conditioner are very nice products.

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post #6 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 03:50 PM
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I only clean my poddack boots before and after shows. I use a wash cloth with warm water to just wipe them down. :)
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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thanks luvs2ride!
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 04:34 PM
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cool that's what I did, but wasn't sure if it would dry them out.
Luv2Ride has the right idea. What I will normally do is use leather conditioner in the summer, I whip them down like you do and will condition them twice a month (if the weather needs it, it gets around 106 here in the summer). In the winter I will apply mink Oil before the rain starts to come down and that also helps protect them. I have a seperate pair of boots that I show in so they don't get too much attenchion until the day before and after a show. I LOVE Ariat though, I've had my paddock boots for over 8 years and they don't look it yet.

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post #9 of 13 Old 02-25-2009, 05:59 PM
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I've had mine for two years and I have yet to clean them, lol.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-26-2009, 12:46 AM
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In addition to wiping them off after a ride, I condition my paddock boots and field boots 1-2 times a month with Meltonian All-Purpose Cleaner & Conditioner. It makes them look like new and prevents the leather from drying out.
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