How to Clean Blundstones

Blundstone boots are known for their rugged durability and classic style. However, even the best boots need proper care and cleaning to look their best. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to clean your Blundstones to keep them looking like new.

Clean Blundstones

Why Cleaning Blundstones Is Important

Over time, dirt, grime, salt stains, and everyday wear-and-tear can make your favorite Blundstones appear dull and worn. Regular cleaning helps preserve the leather, removes stains, and brings back that fresh-out-of-the-box look. It also extends the life of your boots.

By using the right cleaning methods and products, you can safely clean your Blundstones without causing damage. Read on to learn the best practices for keeping all types of Blundstone boots looking great.

Gather the Right Cleaning Supplies

Before you start cleaning, gather the appropriate supplies:

  • Leather cleaner or saddle soap
    • Leather Honey Cleaner
    • Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner
  • Soft brush (toothbrush, nail brush or soft-bristle shoe brush)
    • Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaning Brush
  • Clean, lint-free cloths
  • Newspapers or paper towels
  • Small bowl of lukewarm water
  • Toothpicks or cotton swabs

Additional Useful Supplies

  • Shoe cleaning kit
  • Magic eraser sponges
  • Leather protectant spray
  • Cedar shoe trees

Be sure to avoid harsh cleaners or chemical products that could strip the leather or remove the protective treatment. Pay attention to whether your Blundstones have a smooth, nubuck or suede finish, as different materials require slightly different approaches.

Step-By-Step Cleaning Process

Removing Surface Dirt and Debris

Start by removing any dried mud, loose dirt or debris from the boot’s surface. Apply a small amount of lukewarm water to a lint-free cloth and gently blot away dried dirt. For more stubborn spots, dip the edge of a soft brush in water and gently scrub the area. Avoid saturating or soaking the boots.

Next, stuff the inside of each boot with newspapers or paper towels. Let them sit overnight – this will help draw out moisture and soak up any lingering dirt inside. Remove the paper and tap the boots upside down to clear out any dirt.

Conditioning and Polishing the Leather

Before deeper cleaning, it’s a good idea to treat and condition the leather. Apply a nickel-sized amount of leather conditioner or mink oil to a cloth, then work it into the leather using small, circular motions. This restores moisture and preserves smooth texture. Allow time for conditioning agents to absorb fully before proceeding.

For smooth leather, gently buff with a horsehair shoe brush to bring out a subtle shine. On nubuck or suede leathers, use a suede brush instead. Avoid products like shoe polish that change the surface appearance or color.

Spot-Cleaning Stubborn Areas

Examine your boots closely to spot treat any stained or darkened patches:

  • Salt stains – Dip a clean toothbrush in equal parts warm water and white vinegar, then scrub gently. Rinse with a damp cloth.
  • Grease and oil spots – First blot up any excess. Apply leather cleaner to a cloth or toothbrush, then scrub gently. Repeat if needed. Allow to dry fully before wearing again.
  • Mud and soil marks – Work a small amount of saddle soap into the area using a damp sponge or brush. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

For tougher stains, a magic eraser can lift residue without being overly abrasive to the leather. Test on an inconspicuous spot first before applying widely across your Blundstones. Then condition the boots after cleaning.

Deep Cleaning the Entire Boot

Over time, Blundstones can develop a dingy appearance or residue buildup no matter how careful you are. Here’s how to deep clean the entire boot:

  1. Remove the laces and removable footbed (if equipped). Use a small brush to clean the eyelets, sole lines or crevices.
  2. Create a cleaning solution. In a bowl, stir together warm (not hot!) water with a small squirt of dish soap or leather cleaner concentrate.
  3. Dip a clean sponge in the solution and work up a gentle lather on the leather exterior. Avoid over-saturating. Rinse the sponge often.
  4. Wipe boots down with clean water on a damp cloth. Thoroughly rinse all soap residue. Blot gently with an absorbent towel – don’t rub vigorously.
  5. Stuff interior with paper towels to draw out moisture. Allow boots to fully air dry, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  6. Once dry, apply conditioner all over the leather.

Cleaning Different Blundstone Materials

Beyond classic smooth leather, many Blundstone boots feature other unique materials that require a specialized approach:

Suede and Nubuck Blundstones

  • Use a suede brush and gentle cleaner made for suede
  • Allow boots to dry thoroughly between wears
  • Apply a suede protector spray

Rustic/Distressed Leathers

  • Use mild soap and water
  • Clean gently to avoid removing finish
  • Apply leather cream lightly over scratches

Waterproofed/Safety Toe Boots

  • Check inner membrane through insole opening
  • Use mild cleanser and soft brush
  • Never submerge entirely in water

Shearling Lined Boots

  • Brush exterior leather only
  • Spot clean shearling lining as needed
  • Seek professional help for thorough shearling cleaning

Other Care and Maintenance Tips

Here are some additional pointers for keeping your Blundstone boots in great shape:

  • Store properly with shoe trees or stuffed with paper between wears
  • Apply waterproofer to weatherproof leather
  • Use cedar shoe savers to manage foot odors
  • Repair scuffs right away with polish or touch up markers
  • Bring to a cobbler for resoling when treads show wear

With some simple care and regular cleaning, your Blundstone boots will last for many seasons. Don’t hesitate to give your favorites some TLC so you can keep adventuring in comfort and classic style.

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As the founder of Clean It Spotless, I am Melissa Walker, a leading expert in removing tough stains from fabrics, carpets, and upholstery. With over 10 years of experience in the cleaning industry, I have developed my own natural, non-toxic stain-fighting formulas that lift stains while preserving the integrity of the underlying material. My stain removal tutorials are widely read online, and I have appeared on local TV segments demonstrating my techniques. I also present popular stain removal workshops at community centers and schools.

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