How to Wax Your Boots

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Wax keeps leather boots shining and in good health.
Wax keeps leather boots shining and in good health. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Wax both shines a boot and provides a small bit of water proofing. However, you can't simply paint any wax on your boot and expect it to do the job. Waxing and buffing your boots is a simple process, but you must know how to properly clean the boot, apply and then buff it to get the effect you want. Without following the right process, you will waste your wax and even destroy your boot.

Things You'll Need

  • Boot cleaner
  • Boot conditioner
  • Horsehair brush dauber or old sock
  • Polishing brush

Clean the boot with a cleaner specific to your boot's material. An associate at the store from which you bought your boot can recommend a cleaner.

Condition the boot if it's made of leather. The associate at the store from which you bought your boot should also be able to recommend a conditioner. Follow the directions on the bottle and allow to dry for 24 hours.

Use a horsehair brush dauber, old sock or soft cloth to apply the wax to your boot. Tighten the old sock or cloth around your first two fingers on your dominant hand.

Rub the wax gently onto the boot until it's coated. You will still be able to see the wax on the boot. Let the boot dry for about 10 minutes, or until the wax is dried.

Buff the shoe with a polishing brush. Rub the brush across the boot in small circles until it shines and you can't see the wax any longer. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to add multiple layers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask an associate at the store from which you bought your boot to recommend the type of wax, include base and color, you should use.
  • Wax won't waterproof your boots for a long period of time. Treat your boot with a water-proofing chemical, which you can find at the store from which you bought your boots.

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