There are many cases when your shoes are easy to be muddy and need cleaning. So how can we easily clean boots and shoes for indoor outdoor use?
1. Cleaning your hiking boots.
For those who love mountain climbing, hiking boots are must-have equipment. Returning from the travel, are you still immersed in memories of outdoor beauty? However, please don’t forget the stuff you walked with. You need to clean and maintain the muddy footwear after using it to keep it long service life. Hiking boots are made of a wide range of materials, how can we clean them?
1.1 Common methods
First of all, you can use a metal frame automatic boot cleaner machine before entering the room. This muddy boots cleaner can wash the bottom and sides of shoes with water. Also, the boot brush scraper is the right choice. It can’t clean the boot and shoe, but removes dirt and mud on them. After that, enter the room and take off the shoes. Let the muddy footwear dry naturally, or place it outside to speed up drying. Also, you can stuff newspaper into the shoes and boots to absorb moisture.
Never put wet hiking shoes directly near a heat source, such as a fire or heater. Otherwise, leather boots will shrink and your hiking shoes will become smaller or show signs of cracking. After drying, then it’s time to begin cleaning your hiking boots. Use heavy gauge stiff bristle brushes to remove dirt and mud on heavy duty shoes. For the stolen soil in hidden places and crevices, you can use old toothbrushes. Finally, put some baking soda into the clean boot to eliminate moisture and odor.
1.2 Maintenance of different materials hiking boots
For heavy duty suede leather boots, you’d better make the shoe cleaning with a damp cloth or boot brush. Let them dry naturally at night, and do not expose them to the sun or close to heat sources. For this kind of shoe maintenance, you can use a button or suction sprayer to spray water repellent, a water repellent compound or liquid oil. After each washing and maintenance, gently use the scrubber brush to restore the surface texture of the leather boots.
For textile fabric hiking boots, use a shoe brush to remove the dust on the outer fabric gently. Then, use a brush or damp cloth to clean boot. Adopt a push-button or suction sprayer to restore water repellency to the boots and shoes. Finally, don’t expose them to the sun; it’s best to let them dry naturally at night.
However, cleaning smooth grainy leather boots is slightly different besides the cleaning steps of suede shoes above. For this kind of boot and shoe maintenance, you can use a button or suction sprayer to spray water repellent. Then, apply a layer of shoe polish, preferably a non-oil-based care solution. Apply a thin layer of polish evenly on the shoes and boots. As we all know, this is much better than applying a thick layer all at once. Then, use a brush to restore the texture of the shoe surface gently.
Lastly, please confirm that the hiking boots are completely dry before the storage to avoid mold. The other is to fill the shoes with waste paper, but not too tight. And it’s best to stuff newspaper to the upper of the high-top hiking shoes. The purpose of this is to prevent the boots from deforming after being placed for a long time.
2. Cleaning your dirty work boots
People who work in gardens and construction sites have work boots that are always easy to get muddy. For these shoes of indoor outdoor use, there are many methods to clean them.
2.1 Remove mud and dirt on shoes
After walking around in the garden, the shoes will definitely be covered with dirt and mud. If you don’t clean boot before entering the room, it will be an indeed disaster! So what can you do to make the shoe cleaning?
First of all, try your best to remove dirt on the bottom and sides of the muddy boots. There are usually two choices. One is the boot scraper, which is easy to make and use. It can be pretty simple like a horizontal metal plate, standing on the lawn. Before entering the house, rub your shoes against the boot scraper to remove mud.
The other is automatic boot scrubber, which has a heavy gauge metal frame, durable hardwood, treated maple finish and stiff bristle brushes. For example, Rhino Bilt model boot mud cleaner connects a water pipe, removes dirt and mud by the scrubber brush scraper. As a muddy boots cleaner, it cleans mud from shoe soles thoroughly. However, it also has some shortcomings. For example, water splashed during the boot cleaning process. And the muddy footwear must be waterproof. Otherwise, the water will get into the shoes. So, it has unique requirements for the material of the boot. Besides, after using this muddy boots cleaner, the shoe soles are wet. You can’t directly enter the room, but let it dry naturally, which needs a long time.
2.2 Automatic boot cleaner
After the initial removal of the mud, you can step on the automatic boot and shoe cleaner. It has two main parts, boot wash station, and quick dry area. For Glikon automatic boot mud cleaner, when you come close to the machine, it starts working. Because there is a microwave sensor in the boot and shoe cleaner, it senses your approach and reacts. Then, dip the brush scraper in the water and begin the cleaning process. Boot brushes on the shoe sole cleaner are long enough to wash the bottom and sides. You only need to stand on the boot cleaning area for three seconds, 99.9% of dirt can be removed.
This boot mud cleaner not only can wash a wide range of shoes with different materials, but also has a function of quick dry. After cleaning your work boots, go to the next area where has strong absorbent cotton. So your muddy boots will soon be clean and dry. Then, you can directly enter the room without fouling the floor.