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post #1 of 7 Old 11-01-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Leather Western/Cowboy Boots

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I recently purchased a pair of western boots from TSC just to wear for mucking stalls/going to the barn when I don't want to wear my paddock boots or half chaps. I've only ever cared for my paddock boots and half chaps, so I have no clue what I'm doing with this nicer, brown leather. When I first got them I wore them through a lot of damp grass (Probably what ruined them in the first place), however I dried them after. Later, I saddle-soaped them twice (Just like I would an english saddle). I then water-proofed them with a spray from wal-mart. After wearing them to the barn a few times, they are now extremely dusty/some white splotches (I'm assuming they're from water?!?!) How do I clean them so I might be able to wear them out in public a bit?A photo is attached at the bottom of this post. I have access to saddle soap, rags, and water. I'm afraid wiping them down with water to get the dust off will damage the leather

These are my boots: Durango Rebel American Flag Cowboy Boots - Steel Toe - Sheplers

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-01-2013, 08:10 PM
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That kind of leather, what you'd really want to do with them is to oil them well with either Mink or Neatsfoot oil. The Neatsfoot will darken the leather a bit, but it will protect them from moisture and prevent them cracking. The mink oil does the same as far as protection, but I don't know if it darkens the leather. I've never used it because Neatsfoot oil is cheaper and I've always got it at the barn.

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That kind of leather, what you'd really want to do with them is to oil them well with either Mink or Neatsfoot oil. The Neatsfoot will darken the leather a bit, but it will protect them from moisture and prevent them cracking. The mink oil does the same as far as protection, but I don't know if it darkens the leather. I've never used it because Neatsfoot oil is cheaper and I've always got it at the barn.
Thank you so much! How should I go about removing the dirt before oiling them?

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Saddle soap or other oil soap will work for cleaning the boots.

I second smrobs advice.
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For removing the dirt, I'd just use a damp washcloth. Or, you can use a brush if needed, but that might scratch the leather if the bristles are too stiff.

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Brushoff the dirt first...then;
Use hot water if saddle soap cleaning them...same as in cleaning tack...hotter the water the easier to clean the filth off the leather.

Mink oil will soften, waterproof, and slightly darken the leather same as pure neatsfoot oil will.

Thin multiple applications of either oil, let it soak in...don't saturate the leather...wipe off the excess when satisfied with the result and buff to a shine!!

Shoe polish will also hide the scuffs and help to protect, and enhance the leather look....

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Thanks everyone! I'll have to pick up some oil today...

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