How to Care for Cowboy Boots

Extend the life of your cowboy boots by keeping them clean, conditioned, polished, and protected.


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You Will Need

  • Cowboy boots
  • Damp cloth
  • Brush
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Pencil eraser
  • Leather conditioner
  • Boot cream
  • Soft cloths
  • Boot dryer
  • Boot tree


  1. Step 1

    Remove dirt

    Remove dirt from your cowboy boots with a damp cloth, followed by a good brushing.

  2. Never use harsh chemicals that can discolor the boot.

  3. Step 2

    Get rid of stubborn stains

    Get rid of stubborn sticky stains, such as alcohol or dried soda, by using a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar.

  4. Step 3

    Remove scuffs and marks

    Remove small scuffs and marks with a pencil eraser.

  5. Step 4

    Apply a leather conditioner

    Apply leather conditioner to prevent the boot from drying out and to prevent water from being absorbed into the leather.

  6. Step 5

    Keep boots shiny

    Keep your boots shiny by applying boot cream, and buff the boots with a soft cloth.

  7. Don't forget to condition the soles of the boots.

  8. Step 6

    Allow boots to dry

    Allow your boots to dry at room temperature or dry them in a boot dryer.

  9. Step 7

    Use a boot tree

    Prolong the life of your boots and help maintain their original shape by using a boot tree when you're not wearing them. Do it right or get off the horse.

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