Muck boots are one must-haves for people who are engaged in gardening, farming, hunting or travelling through the forest for adventures or livelihoods. These boots are popular for their waterproof features that are extremely convenient for snowy, wild and wet climate conditions.
These tough boots keep your feet dry no matter where you are! For this reason, muck boots are widely used among the hunters, farmers, travelers and even people who live in awfully cold areas. While you use the boots in any extreme condition, you need to clean the boots to keep you going.
In this article, I am going to disclose my own experience on cleaning muck boots. Using a pair of these for years, I have been successfully able to clean and maintain my survival boots that have never let me down at any harsh day. So read this to learn how to clean muck boots easily by yourself at home.
How to Clean Muck Boots By Yourself?
Muck boots can be cleaned with no trouble at home using regular ingredients. I follow three simple steps to wash mine. Here it goes for you!
01# Cleaning the Interior
Take a spray bottle, you can mix either vinegar or liquid detergent, whatever works for you, with water. Now spray inside the boots thoroughly and wipe the inside walls and foot bed. Try to reach out to all the interior including the front part of the boots.
After you clean the whole interior of the boot, you can roll dry towels and insert them in your boots to keep the shape and remove the wetness inside. Let it dry till the moisture is gone. I recommend cleaning both the exterior and interior before you dry the boots.
02# Wipe the Exterior of the Boots
The exterior part of muck boots are made of durable rubber, making it more convenient to clean with our hands. Mix warm water with liquid dish washing soap and use a piece of cloth to gently wipe them. You can use a rag too, to clean the muds stuck hardly on the rubber texture.
A soft bristled cleaning brush would be appropriate to clean the lower sides of the boot and the soles where most of the muds get jammed. Old used toothbrushes could be a great tool to clean the small trenches of the outer soles where muds are trapped.
Do not use a toothbrush or hard bristles brush to clean the rubber surface. This will leave with permanent stains on the rubbers. As the muds and dirt are loosen and you get some bubbles from the soapy water rubbing on the boots, rinse the boot with warm water and let it dry.
I usually hang the rubber boots upside down in an open space away from direct sunlight as it can fade the color and reduce longevity of the boots if they are too much exposed to heat.
03# Removing the Odor from the Boots
As you wear those for long hours, your boots might have odors when you open those. Cleaning the boots will reduce the odor. However, if those still smell stinky, you can sprinkle some baking soda inside the boots after drying it properly. Leave it for a night and dump out the residues in the morning.
Yes! Your boots are clean and odor-free after this three-step process.
Now you may have questions on how frequently you should clean them to keep odor-free. I recommend wiping the exterior with soapy water every time you go out and get muds on it.
For the interior, you can put on rolled newspapers after using it every time and hang the boots upside down. This will absorb the moisture overnight and you will be able to use a fresh and odorless version of the boots in the morning.
Helpful Tips about Clean Muck Boots
Dry, Dry and Dry! Moistures Are Bad
Remember! It is very important to dry the boots properly. If you wish to keep aside the boots for a season or so, and there is moisture stuck inside the boots, damp and mildew can ruin the boots permanently. Use silica gels to get rid of mildews.
And yes, keep dry to ensure durability of the amazing tool!
Up For Extra Shine?
As the boots are cleaned, dried and odor-free, you can polish the exteriors with Hunter boot shiner sponge available online. This will help remove the chalky stains of your boot.
I don’t recommend the shiner to be used every time you wash. But then again if the boots are old and were inside the rack for a long time, you can consider cleaning them following the above steps and on top.
The boot shiner will make it look new. You can get these here
Can You Wash Muck Boots in the Washer?
Cleaning muck boots in a washing machine is not recommended as that will strain the rubber and could make it uneven. If the boots are too stinky to wipe off or scrub at first, consider soaking those into liquid detergent and water for a while (about 10 to 15 minutes)
As the odor reduces and the muds are a bit loosen, you can scrub the boots with soft bristle brush or wash clothes and rinse with flowing water.
Can You Dry Your Muck Boots with a Heater?
I know it’s tempting to use a heater for drying the muck boots as you might think it will be faster. Yet, if you want your boots to remain in good shape after cleaning, avoid using a heater dry.
As mentioned, do not even place those under direct sunlight. Drying in natural air is the best option!
Cleaning Vs. Durability
As you use your muck boots regularly, it is important to clean them to keep your feet safe, dry and without odor. However, cleaning them too frequently can reduce the durability of the boots to an extent. So here, maintenance is important to avoid frequent wash.
You can avoid being tough on those by gently wiping the outer rubber top with damp cloths. This is possible when the dirt is lighter, rather than washing it with soap and brush every time.
I can assure if you follow the proper cleaning and drying process, the boots will remain nice and will not degrade soon.
Likewise, after a long day of use, you might want to reduce the moisture inside the boots to reduce odor.
Leave the boots in open air overnight to dry after you use it. This way, you can avoid washing those more often. Rather you can take the time to chill for a while!
Muck boots are awesome for keeping your feet dry, be it snowy, rainy, moisty or misty. Not only for extensive farming or mist voyage, if you work at your home garden during the rainy season or in winter, muck boots will give your feet the ultimate support to get your work done.
And if you wear these on the ground, you will surely get them muddy and dirty. The simple cleaning guide on how to clean muck boots will help you to keep your boots in good condition. Give it a try to follow these procedures next time you need to clean your boots.
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