How to Clean Timberland Boots so
they Look Like New
No footwear looks quite as stylish as a pair of brand new, squeaky clean Timberland boots. The original Timberland yellow boot has been around for 40 years and is one of the most popular men’s work boots in the world.
These boots are designed to work hard but over time scuffs and stains can make them look worn out. Here’s how to clean your Timberland boots and keep them looking like new for longer.
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Timberland boots are made from nubuck leather. Nubuck is buffed during the manufacturing process to give it a velvet-like surface. The top-grain nubuck used by Timberland to make its iconic yellow boots is waterproof but not completely water-repellent. Rain, snow, and slush can all stain the surface of your Timberland boots, especially if it’s muddy.
The most effective way to keep your boots looking their best is to treat them with nubuck protector before they come into contact with the elements. The Timberland website recommends its own branded Balm Proofer™ XL All Purpose Protector spray. This spray restores “water and stain repellency” by adding a protective layer to the nubuck uppers of your boots but any brand of suede/nubuck protector will give the same result.
Natural Timberland boot cleaners you can find at home
Even if you use protector spray, your Timberland boots will likely become scuffed and stained over time. But it is possible to reverse the damage with natural products you can find at home.
Using a baby wipe to clean your Timberland boots is am easy last-minute measure. Baby wipes are formulated to be safe and gentle on a babies’ sensitive skin. There are no harsh chemicals in baby wipes that could damage your Timberlands and as the wipes can be thrown away after use they’re convenient for cleaning your boots on the go.
A few drops of dish detergent mixed with water is an effective cleaning solution for almost any surface. To prepare your boots, remove any dry mud on the soles and remove the laces. Use a soft cloth to dab the surface of your boots with the cleaning solution and an old toothbrush to brush out tougher stains. Try not to get the boots too wet and allow them to dry fully before spraying with suede/nubuck protector.
A pencil eraser is a great tool for removing more stubborn stains. Gently rub the stain with the eraser and it will lift out ingrained dirt and restore the nubuck back to its original color.
If your Timberland boots are stained with a substance other than dirt or water, such as grease or a food product, try talcum powder. Cover the stain with a layer of talcum powder and leave overnight. The powder will absorb the stain and can be scrubbed off with a suede brush the next day.
How to clean Timberland Work Boots with vinegar
If you’ve tried all of the methods above to clean Timberland boots and none of them have worked, it’s time to bring out the white vinegar. Cleaning Timberland boots with vinegar is only recommended as a last option because vinegar is acidic and may cause discoloration if overused. If you’d like to see our full list of the best work boots check out our guide here.
To clean Timberland boots with vinegar take a cup of water and add a tablespoon of vinegar. Next, use an old toothbrush and gently brush the stained areas of your boot with the diluted vinegar. Only brush the heavily-stained parts of the boot. Dab the boot dry with a cotton cloth and allow to dry. Once dry, brush the entire boot with a suede brush.
Cleaning Black Timberlands
Black Timberlands are made from the same full-grain nubuck leather as yellow Timberlands. As a result, cleaning methods and products are exactly the same. It’s more important to use suede/nubuck protector with black Timberlands because it’s more difficult to notice when your boots are becoming stained. As with yellow Timberlands, using vinegar to clean black Timberlands is a last resort.
In conclusion, prevention is better than cure! The best way to clean your Timberland boots is to protect them from stains in the first place with a good-quality suede/nubuck protector.