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Cleaning & protecting Timberland Boots

2024-04-11

Timberland Boots: How to Clean, Protect & Remove Stains

Cleaning and Protecting your Timberland Boots

Your Timberlands are an investment, and like any good work tool, they’ll last longer if you look after them properly. Suede and nubuck leather care doesn’t have to be difficult: in fact, cleaning Timberland boots is a simple process of removing the excess dirt, gently wiping to remove stains and brushing your boots to prolong their life. 

Cleaning leather boots might seem like a daunting task but once you’ve removed the surface dirt all you need to do is polish, condition and brush and they’ll look better for longer. If your boots are new, use a protective spray to avoid water marks and stains and extend the life of your shoes.

What you’ll need

Here’s what you need to clean leather or suede boots:

  • Waterproofing spray (make sure you choose the right one for your  fabric type)
  • Boot brush or old towel
  • Gentle wipes
  • Recommended Timberland cleaning product for your fabric type
  • Replacement laces (optional)

Cleaning Products per Boot Type

To make sure you’re cleaning Timberland boots with the right product for your boot type, we’ve made a chart to help you with how to clean leather versus suede or synthetic fabrics. If you aren’t using our in-house recommendations, make sure you read the label and choose a product that suits your boots.

Cleaning ProductSuitability per Boot Type
Suede LeatherNubuck LeatherSmooth LeatherPebbled LeatherWaxed LeatherOiled LeatherCanvasRubberNylon
RENEWBUCK® SUEDE AND NUBUCK FOAM CLEANERYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYes
DRY CLEANING KITYesYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYes
SUEDE RESTORER BRUSHYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WAXIMUM™ WAXED LEATHER PROTECTORNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNo
BOOT SAUCE™ CLEANERNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYes
BOOT SAUCE™ CONDITIONERNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
MAX® SHOE SHINENoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo

Cleaning Boots Step by Step

Cleaning your boots follows the same basic process no matter their type, but it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the different kinds of leather and their reactions to different methods of cleaning. This step by step process can be followed time after time to refresh Timberland shoes and boots of all fabrics and keep them feeling and looking durable for longer:

1. Remove the shoelaces to ensure you can deep-clean the whole boot.

2. Using a Timberland brush or similar surface, thoroughly scrub all dirt and debris from your shoes - this is a key step so it may be worth going over your boots twice.

3. Start gently: use wipes or a warm washcloth to clean along the outside of your boot.

4. View the chart above, and select the appropriate cleaner for your main fabric.

5. Apply the product with a sponge or applicator as directed and scrub clean.

6. Buff your boots to keep them looking new, using our Restorer Brush or a professional leather brush.

7. Clean leather looks good polished: remove black marks and scuffs with the recommended product for your shoe type.

8. Wash laces separately and re-lace to keep your shoes looking newer.

Now that your boots are safe from wear and tear, find out how to style the Original Timberland boots.