How to Look After Your Caterpillar Boots

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How to Look After Your Caterpillar Boots

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Caterpillar boots are an investment, and thus need to be looked after like one would any other investment. Most Caterpillar boots are bought to be worn as work shoes, and are often subjected to harsh conditions.

Scuffs, scratches, cuts, and dampness are your boots’ worst enemies – but how you maintain them will ultimately determine their longevity. Men’s Shoe Centre looks at how you can look after your favourite pair of uber-manly Caterpillar boots right here…

Cleaning Your Caterpillar Boots

So, you’ve been wearing your favourite Caterpillar boots for a while now, and they’re looking a little long in the tooth. Cleaning them would be a good idea, indeed! But How? To clean a pair of Caterpillar boots – like the Colorado or Sheffield – featuring full-grain leather, follow the steps below:

  1. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to remove any dry dirt (hard bristles could scratch the leather)
  2. If your Caterpillar boots are muddy, wait for the mud to dry then remove with a toothbrush
  3. Use a soft cloth dipped in a mixture of soapy water and white vinegar to remove stubborn dirt.

You should NEVER expose your suede or nubuck Caterpillar boots to mud! For boots featuring suede of nubuck uppers, follow these cleaning tips:

  1. To remove stains, use fine grain sandpaper and rub the stain in small circular motions
  2. Follow this with a leather restorer
  3. To remove light dirt, use a soft bristle toothbrush and treat with a nubuck cleaner
  • Note that once treated with nubuck cleaner, your Caterpillar boots will look darker than before.

Waterproofing Your Caterpillar Boots

If you are unable to procure proper shoe waterproofing spray, you have options! A commercial leather conditioner can be used, leather oil is also an option, and for the thrifty among us – beaten egg whites will do the trick!

Once you’ve applied your preferred waterproofing agent, gently wipe any excess product away and leave your Caterpillar boots to dry. When applying your waterproofing product, be sure to pay special attention to where the leather has been stitched together.

Fallen into the swimming pool with your favourite pair of Caterpillar Colorado boots? Eish! Take them off immediately, stuff them with newspaper (as much as you can fit in), and leave them to dry out for a day or two. This will prevent shrinkage and support the drying process.

Storing Your Caterpillar Boots

If your Caterpillar boots are maintained and stored correctly, they can last for years and years! Below are some pointers for correctly storing your Caterpillar boots to maximise their lifespan:

  • NEVER store leather boots in plastic containers or bags
  • Consider a shoe rack raised off of the ground for leather boot storage
  • Ensure that your Caterpillar boots are stored in a cool, dry place. Moisture and humidity could shrink your boots over time and cause mould.

Order Caterpillar Boots Online in South Africa

If you’re planning on looking after your NEXT pair of Caterpillar boots better than your last pair, why not conveniently order them from Men’s Shoe Centre? We offer free deliveries, as well as free returns! See our full range of Caterpillar shoes here, and connect with us here. When you think men’s shoes in South Africa – think Men’s Shoe Centre!