Leather Cowboy Boots

How to Take Care of Your Leather Cowboy Boots

Cowboy leather boots are as important as any other shoe wear. If you’re looking for tips on how to take care of molded house or your cowboy leather boots, read on.

There are four important steps to make sure that your boots are properly maintained.

  • Waterproofing
  • Cleaning
  • Conditioning
  • Polishing


This is mainly for new boots. It is not, however, limited to it. You are, of course, free to do this on your leather boots – regardless of their age.

Use Silicone Polymer Spray.

You can find silicone polymer spray on shoe stores and department stores. Once you have purchased one, you can then lay your boots on top of a paper or newspaper, and then spray away. Just make sure that the area is properly ventilated.

Spray Some More After 30 Minutes.

This is for extra protection. Make sure that the first coat has dried first, hence the 30-minute wait. After spraying the second coating, wait again for 30 minutes.

Notes: You can do this waterproofing method every few months. Also, silicone polymer works on all kinds of leather boots, but check the label to be sure.


After you have protected your boots with spray, you’re free to wear them. That is not to say that when you come back, your boots won’t need cleaning. As a matter of fact, it’s to be expected.

Use Soft Brush to Remove Dirt or Mud.

This is the first step when your boots are covered with heavy mud or dirt. It’s like sweeping the floor before mopping it. Just make sure that the brush has soft bristles to avoid any damage on your boots.

To Remove Dust, Use Damp Sponge.

After removing the heavy dirt on your boots, you may want to use a damp sponge to clean marks and debris off your boots – unless your boots are suede. For suede boots, use a nylon brush.

Soap and Water Are Effective.

If the two steps above are not enough, you can use soap and water to clean off the remaining marks. For areas that are hard to reach, you can use a toothbrush.


Test The Conditioner.

Test the conditioner first before applying it all over your boots. Apply a small amount on a minuscule spot. If it turns only slightly darker, you’re good to go. If not, purchase another one and do another test.

Apply Only a Thin Layer and Wipe Away After 12-24 Hours.

Don’t apply too much. Only a thin layer is needed for your boots’ conditioning. Let them sit for 12-24 hours before wiping the conditioner away.


Use Cream Polisher That Is the Same Color with Your Boots.

This one is a no-brainer. You can’t use black polisher on cream shoes.

Don’t Apply Too Much.

Just like in the conditioning, applying too much isn’t advisable.

Wipe Off.

It depends on the direction of your polisher. If it says to let it sit for a while, let it sit before wiping off. If it says you can wipe it off right away, do so.

Doing these steps only once doesn’t ensure the good condition of your leather cowboy boots. Make sure to regularly waterproof, clean, condition, and polish your boots for better results.

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