How to Waterproof Boots

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How to Waterproof Boots. Leather boots should be waterproofed before you wear them in wet weather. If you buy footwear that isn't already waterproofed by the manufacturer, you can easily waterproof your boots at home by using products you can find at local stores or online.

Things You'll Need

  • Beeswax
  • Clean, dry cloth

Use beeswax to waterproof your sturdy leather boots or shoes. Purchase beeswax at your neighborhood craft store, Walmart or other discount store. A great brand of beeswax for waterproofing is Kiwi Camp Dry Beeswax Waterproofer.

Remove any debris or clumps of dirt from your boots with a dry towel. Then, using a circular motion, rub the beeswax into your boots with clean, soft cloth. A white cotton T-shirt works well.

Apply a thick coat of the wax and be sure the boots are covered completely, paying special attention to the toe and heel.

Set the boots in a dry location overnight to allow the beeswax to penetrate the leather completely. In the morning, remove any excess wax with a cloth. The beeswax creates a protective coating that should last approximately a year.

Strip the waterproof coat off each year using leather soap and a slightly damp cloth. Then reapply a fresh coat of beeswax to keep your footwear in the best condition.

Use a brush-on or spray-on waterproofing product instead of beeswax if your boots or shoes are made of suede or thin leather such as nubuck.

Go to the Altrec website and search for "Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Waterproofing." Order this brush-on product by following the simple instructions on their website. You'll receive your order in just a few days.

Test the Nikwax on a very small area to make sure it does not darken the color. Brush the product onto your boots. Allow it to dry completely before heading into wet weather.

Tips & Warnings

  • Also try petroleum jelly or lanolin oil on sturdy boots.

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