5 Ways to Clean/Wash Steel Toe Boots

Steel toe boots are a must for all the workplaces like constructions, warehouse, etc. The steel toe caps protect the toes from any major injuries resulting from falling of heavy loads, sharp objects and also injuries from tripping over.

But the steel toe boots need special care and maintenance. There are different ways to treat different types of steel toe boots based on the material of the boots and also the types of stains and dirt on the boots.


Today in this article, I am going to tell in details about all the possible ways to clean almost all the types of stain and materials from your steel toe boots.

Let’s get started:

1.) Washing the Entire (Inside and Outside) of Leather Steel Toe Boots

Things required:

      • Good quality mild detergent
      • Any mild shampoo
      • Baking soda
      • Lint free cloth
      • Socks
      • Plastic bag of large size with a zip

Cleaning the Boots

Steps to follow:

      1. First of all don’t ever forget to take out the insoles from the boots as they need to be washed separately very gently.
      2. Cleaning the insoles with mild detergent kills the germs and takes away the odor because the odor causing bacteria mostly remains in the insoles.
      3. Now make a soap-water solution with the mild shampoo and warm water.
      4. Take the soft lint free cloth and suing the soap-water solution clean the inside of the boots thoroughly.
      5. Fill the inside of the boots with water to wash away the soap-water solution.
      6. Now using the cloth and soap-water solution; clean the outside of the boots. Move your fingers in gentle circular motions while cleaning the leather fibers.
      7. Using a blow dryer, dry the inside and outside of the boots thoroughly. When the boots are dry with the dryer, put them outside to soak up the rays of the sun.
      8. To take away the smell, add 2 table spoons of baking soda in each sock and put them in each separately. Keep them overnight.
      9. The baking soda will take away all the smell from the boots and freshen it completely.

2.) Cleaning Stained Steel Toe Boots

If your boots are stained with grease or are stained with water-based dirt, there are different ways to treat them:

Grease stains Steel toe bootsGrease stains:

Steps to follow:

      1. Using a microfiber cloth, blot the oil in the boots. Try to take out as much stain as you can; using the microfiber cloth. Do NOT go very harsh or else you will end up uprooting the fibers from the material of the boots.
      2. Take a talcum powder and sprinkle powder all over the grease stained area.
      3. Let the sprinkled powder remain on the boot overnight.
      4. Once again take the microfiber cloth and rub off the powder from the boots. In the process, you will rub off all the remaining stains from the boots.

3.) Water-Based Dirt Stains

Water-Based Dirt Stains

Steps to follow:

      1. You need either lime juice or tartar cream for this process.
      2. Take the lime juice or tartar cream and spread it over the stained part.
      3. Now using the soft lint free cloth, rub in gentle circular motions over the spot.
      4. Again take a lint free cloth and take off the lime juice or tartar cream.
      5. Air-dry the boots completely and you will be good to go.

4.) Washing Suede Steel Toe Boots

Washing Suede Steel Toe BootsThings required:

      • Special scrub shoe brush
      • Sodium bicarbonate
      • Rag

Steps to follow:

      1. Using the special scrub shoe brush very carefully rub the stained areas of the boots.
      2. Pour some drops of sodium bicarbonate over the stained parts and leave overnight.
      3. Use the rag to rub off the sodium bicarbonate and in the process, the stains are gonna go too!
      4. Sun-dry the boots.
      5. Condition them.

5.) Washing Nubuck Steel Toe Boots

Washing Nubuck Steel Toe BootsThings required:

      • Soap water solution
      • Tooth brush
      • Lint free cloth

Steps to follow:

      1. Using the tooth brush, rub off the dirt from the nubuck shoes.
      2. Take the bowl containing soap water solution and dip the cloth inside it.
      3. Use the cloth to clean the outer of the shoes.
      4. Take off the insoles and wash them with mild soap separately.
      5. Again clean the inside of the boots using the soap water solution and the rag.
      6. Air-dry the boots and let them dry completely.
      7. Apply a good conditioner to give them the required nourishment and shine.
      8. Do not forget to spray the boots for a waterproof coating.

Before we say Good Bye:

Remember to use the specific way only for a particular stain or a particular material.

A leather boot and a suede boot can’t be handled with the same product or by the same process or else you will end up ruining your entire boot.

For example, if you try to use too much water for cleaning your suede boots, they are going to say you good bye forever at once!

Pro tips:

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