Maintaining your boots

An investment, not a purchase


Finished leathers | Suede or nubuck leathers | Greasy kip / oily leathers | Burnished and aniline leathers | Specialty leathers


Cleaning, conditioning and polishing finished dress leathers

Maintaining your boots

Finished leathers include

Yearling, veal calf, willow, kangaroo black and chestnut, ostrich black, crocodile 


Cleaning

R.M.Williams Leather Cleaner is specifically formulated to remove dirt and grime from leather boots, shoes and accessories.

1. Wipe the boot with a damp cloth to remove surface mud, dirt, dust or salt.

2. Apply R.M.Williams Leather Cleaner directly onto any excessive marks in the leather and rub evenly over the surface with a damp cloth until clean.

3. Remove any excess cleaner with a dry clean cloth.


Conditioning

R.M.Williams Leather Conditioner should be applied regularly to finished leather footwear to maintain and preserve the leather, preventing it from drying out or cracking.

1. Apply R.M.Williams Leather Conditioner evenly to finished leathers with a clean cloth or hands.

2. Allow the conditioner to penetrate leather for approximately one hour.

Note: Be careful not to over condition; leather also needs to breathe. We recommend conditioning your leather boots every 2-3 months, no matter how often you clean or polish them.

 

Polishing

Use R.M.Williams Stockman’s Boot Polish regularly to maintain the colour of your boots, remove scuffs and keep them looking fresh.

1. Apply R.M.Williams Stockman’s Boot Polish to finished leathers with a clean cloth or brush and rub in well.

2. Allow polish to rest on surface and penetrate leather for a minute.

3. Buff surface thoroughly with a shoe shine brush and finish with a buffing cloth to obtain a high shine.

Note: For badly scuffed boots, leave the polish on the uppers overnight to ensure the pigment is absorbed into the leather.

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Cleaning and protecting suede or nubuck leathers

Suede Leather R.M.Williams boot

Suede leathers include

Suede, nubuck, desert kip, roughout suede, distressed leather

 


Protecting

When used regularly, R.M.Williams Suede Protector will create a durable and breathable layer, protecting suede and Nubuck leathers from water and stains that occur with regular wear.

1. Prior to first wear, spray R.M.Williams Suede Protector onto clean footwear, in one direction, at a distance of 20cm.

2. Allow to dry naturally, avoiding direct heat.

3. Spraying in the opposite direction, repeat this process for a total of 3 times to ensure maximum coverage.

 

Cleaning

R.M.Williams Suede Cleaner is specifically formulated to lift marks from suede or Nubuck leathers.

1. Gently brush the suede or Nubuck with a suede brush.

2. Spray Suede Cleaner onto a clean cloth or sponge and work cleaner in a circular motion onto surface of boot. If you have any stubborn marks on your suede boots, focus your brushing and cleaner spray on this area.

3. Dab the shoes with a clean towel to remove any excess moisture and leave to dry naturally, avoiding direct heat.

4. Once dry, brush up nap with a suede brush to remove marks. It can be hard to get every mark out of suede, but any remaining will add to the character of your boots.

5. Re-apply R.M.Williams Suede Protector using the same method above.

Note: If you do get wet mud on suede boots, let it fully dry first. Then brush gently using a suede brush.

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Cleaning and protecting greasy kip/oily leathers

Greasy Kip Leather R.M.Williams boot

Oily leathers include

Greasy kip, oily fern, vesta

 


Cleaning

R.M.Williams Leather Cleaner is specifically formulated to remove dirt and grime from leather boots, shoes and accessories.

1. Wipe the boot with a damp cloth to remove surface mud, dirt, dust or salt.

2. Apply R.M.Williams Leather Cleaner directly onto any excessive marks in the leather and rub evenly over the surface with a damp cloth until clean.

3. Remove any excess cleaner with a dry clean cloth.

 

Conditioning

R.M.Williams Leather Conditioner should be applied regularly to finished leather footwear to maintain and preserve the leather, preventing it from drying out or cracking.

1. Apply R.M.Williams Leather Conditioner evenly to finished leathers with a clean cloth or hands.

2. Allow the conditioner to penetrate leather for approximately one hour.

Note: Be careful not to over condition; leather also needs to breathe. We recommend conditioning your leather boots every 2-3 months, no matter how often you clean them.

Note: Do not use Stockman’s Boot Polish on vesta or greasy kip or oily leathers, as it drastically changes the appearance of the boots.

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Caring for burnished and aniline leathers

Burnished Leather R.M.Williams boot

Burnished leathers

In the burnishing process, a coloured dye is applied by hand onto an unfinished crust leather. It is prone to marks and blemishes, butcreates boots with individual character and style. It’s worth looking after your boots well to retain their unique finish.

 

Aniline leathers

Aniline leathers are dyed with soluble dyes so that the colour penetrates all the way through the hide, giving the leather its lush and rich colour. No protective coating or surface pigmentation is applied, which keeps the natural feel and look of the hide. The leathers maintain their natural markings and texture which contributes to the authentic appearance of the leather.

 

Cleaning

Get the best out of your boots by keeping them clean. If you look after your boots, they’ll look after you.

1. Only clean surface lightly with a damp cloth.

Note: Do Not use any leather cleaner or conditioner. Leather conditioner will drastically alter the appearance of the burnished boots and will darken aniline leathers due to the unprotected finish of the leather.

 

Polishing

Use R.M.Williams Stockman’s Natural Boot Polish regularly to protect and maintain the look of your boots.

1. Apply R.M.Williams Stockman’s Natural Boot Polish with a clean cloth and rub in well.

2. Allow polish to rest on surface and penetrate leather for a minute.

3. Buff surface with a buffing cloth to obtain a high shine.

Note: The first couple of times that you polish your boots, a small amount of excess dye may come off.This is natural and will not affect the overall finish.

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Caring for specialty leathers

Metallic Leather R.M.Williams boot

Specialty leathers include

Hi-shine leathers, metallics


Cleaning

Get the best out of your boots by keeping them clean. If you look after your boots, they’ll look after you.

1. Only clean lightly with a damp cloth.

Note: These leathers are designed to age and gain character over time.

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