We trust our work boots to keep our feet from getting hurt and to provide warmth and comfort. When you step in a puddle or it’s raining hard outside, you never want water to seep into your boots and cause your socks to get wet. It’s not comfortable, and it’s not good for your feet.
This isn’t a new problem by any means, but we do know a few methods to waterproof work boots that work every time.
Creams, Pastes and Waxes
The same wax and creams you use to shine your boots and keep them in good shape are often water repellent. There are a lot of different products to choose from: Sno Seal, Benauf and Leather Honey are just a few of the many products available.
So, let’s move on to waterproofing with these items.
Clean Your Boots: An old rag, a little water and dish soap are all you need to clean your boots. Make sure that all of the dirt and mud is off of your boot before proceeding. You can also use a soft scrub brush.
Apply the Wax: Now, you’ll apply the wax, cream or paste to your boot. Use a clean cloth, and rub the product into your boat. Don’t be afraid to be generous. You’ll be working on the boots for 3 – 4 minutes making sure you did a thorough job during application.
Wipe off Excess: If there are any globs of cream or wax, be sure to wipe them off with a clean cloth.
Now, a big mistake we all make is to think that we can go out with our boots on right now. However, this is a recipe for disaster. Instead, you’ll want to let the boots dry overnight. This will allow the product of choice to really soak into the fibers.
Compounds are the best option as they will help shine the boot and keep the fibers clean. With older work boots, this isn’t much of a benefit, but for newer boots, a good compound can extend the lifespan of the boot greatly. More expensive pairs will often come with a recommended polish or wax, so you may already have the ideal product right in your home.
Note: Reapply as necessary. Normally, every 2 – 4 weeks, you’ll need to follow the steps above depending on how often you wear your boots.
Waterproofing sprays are very easy to use and normally silicone-based. These sprays have one major benefit over our first method that we discussed: no mess. These sprays only require the following:
- Clean your boots well.
- Oil or wax the boots.
Once this is done, you simply apply the spray to the boot. Since this is silicone, it’s best to apply oil or wax to the boot first. Otherwise, it will not penetrate the silicone if it’s applied afterward.
Some sprays will require you to apply a second or third coat. Make sure you read your chosen spray prior to applying to know the proper method recommended for your boot.
These are the two best methods available to waterproof work boots. Unfortunately, these are only temporary fixes and will not work forever. You’ll need to reapply at some point. There are also a lot of other highly recommended oils and products to note, including:
- Mink oil.
- Saddle soap.
- General waxes.
- Vaseline (short duration solution).
When you’re all done with method 1 or 2, make sure you test your boots to ensure you applied enough compound or spray.
The only other option is rubber boots, which won’t work well when your feet need protection. Otherwise, this is a good solution that is waterproof on its own without having to worry about maintenance and the like.