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How to Care for Cowboy Boots

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


  • Step 1: Remove dirt Remove dirt from your cowboy boots with a damp cloth, followed by a good brushing.
  • TIP: Never use harsh chemicals that can discolor the boot.
  • 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.
  • Step 3: Remove scuffs and marks Remove small scuffs and marks with a pencil eraser.
  • 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.
  • Step 5: Keep boots shiny Keep your boots shiny by applying boot cream, and buff the boots with a soft cloth.
  • TIP: Don't forget to condition the soles of the boots.
  • Step 6: Allow boots to dry Allow your boots to dry at room temperature or dry them in a boot dryer.
  • 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.
  • FACT: "My Old Kentucky Home" is the song played when the horses step on the track at the Kentucky Derby.

You Will Need

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

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