How to Clean Your Timberland Boots

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Timberland's waterproof construction-style boots can take a beating through dirty and wet conditions and keep on stomping. The classic yellow, full-grain nubuck leather boots popularized by hip-hop artists that include Jay Z and the Wu-Tang Clan are especially durable and easy to maintain. The suede upper flaps found on some women's styles require a bit more care to clean. While you can buy products especially designed to clean Timberland boots, you don't have to open your wallet. Clean your boots with do-it-yourself solutions so your Timberlands look fresh from the box.


Things You'll Need

  • Nylon brush

  • Bowl

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Terry cloth washcloths

  • Emery board

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Leather Care and Cleaning

Step 1

Brush off any loose dirt with a nylon brush.

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Step 2

Remove stubborn dirt buildup with a mixture of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup warm water. Apply the solution to a clean cloth and wipe down your boots. Rinse with a damp cloth and wipe with a dry cloth. Dab the same solution onto the boots to remove salt lines.

Step 3

Remove scuff marks with a baking soda mixture. Apply a small amount of water and baking soda to a clean, soft cloth. Rub the solution into the leather to remove the mark. Wipe off the solution with a damp cloth.

Step 4

Wipe 1 teaspoon of petroleum jelly onto your boots to condition the leather. Rub the boots in a circular motion with a soft cloth to buff them.


Suede Cleaning

Step 1

Scrape off any dirt with an emery board or pencil eraser.

Step 2

Dampen -- but do not soak -- a cloth with white vinegar and wipe it onto the suede to remove tough stains. Wait for the boots to air-dry.


Step 3

Brush the suede vigorously with a terry cloth towel or a toothbrush to replenish the nap of the suede -- the soft raised surface that can become flattened over time.


Timberland sells a boot cleaner that is safe for leather and suede boots.


Before applying any cleaning solution, test it on a small spot to confirm it won't discolor your boots.


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