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        10-29-2010, 08:04 PM
    Not sure where I should put this: Boot Cleaning?

    Hey everyone! I wasn't too sure where to put this in the forum, so I hope this is a good spot. :)

    I have a pair of Dublin Field boots and a I absolutely love them! It took me about two weeks of wearing them everyday to break them in, so I am past that point. Anyways, I have been pretty good about cleaning them--now, not as regularly as I'd like. I've been using just plain ol' Weaver Leather saddle spray soap to clean them. I won't be riding now for a long time so I want to know if there are any tips or ideas as to give them a good thorough cleaning while they're on "break." I don't have any oils or anything. Would I need that? I want to make sure my investment lasts me a long time. :)

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        10-30-2010, 06:59 AM
    Ideally, oils shouldn't be used on boots because they often use glues that oils may weaken.
    Just clean them, condition them, and perhaps put them in a boot bag or something to keep the dust off. I also like to use boot trees to keep the shafts up. Keep them in a dry area away from a heat source and check them every so often to make sure no molds are sprouting.
        10-30-2010, 11:52 AM
    Thank you! Right now, I stuffed them--well, my mom did--with newspapers to help keep them upright. They aren't slouching over yet, but they do lean a little bit. I haven't got the money yet to look into boot trees but I do think I should get some. Lol
        10-30-2010, 11:08 PM
    Use a conditioner once you've cleaned them, saddle soap tends to dry leather out so you'll want something to moisturize it.
        10-31-2010, 08:05 AM
    Stuffing them with newspaper will work fine since you will be storing them. If you were wearing them often, it would become a pain to keep unstuffing and restuffing with each use.

    One tip when storing them that I found out the hard way when I stored a pair of boots in an unheated attic. They were there for the entire summer and the extreme heat contracted and dried the leather. I had to really recondition/re-break them in. I wouldn't store them in a unfinished basement either.

    In any case, I wouldn't be surprised if they were a little tight next summer when you go to put them on so be sure to condition them well before use.
        10-31-2010, 09:17 AM
    I will probably keep them in my bedroom or the storage room. The temperature is pretty consistent since they are all rooms in the house.

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