Suede & Nubuck
Tip:If your boots have fabric or textile panels, there will be tips along the way for how to care for these materials!
When to Clean
After heavy use or when dirt and grime have accumulated
Active Time:10 minutes
Wait Time:30 minutes
Remove laces & kilties
Removing these items will allow you to clean the leather without any obstruction. If your boot has a kilty, you can clean it using the same steps in this guide.
Remove dirt & debris
Using a brush, clean all dirt from the boot exterior, including; the gusset, collar, and welt.
For stuck debris, gently scrape using the beveled edge of the Cleaning Brush or any flat tool. Clean between the lugs.
Apply cleaning solution
Hold the bottle in an upright position and apply a small amount of Suede & Leather foam cleaner to the leather. Gently work the cleaner into the leather taking care not to saturate it.
Tip:If your boot has fabric or textile panels, it’s safe and recommended to use the Suede & Leather cleaner on it!
Wash the laces
While you wait, wash the laces using mild soap and warm water. Hang to dry.
Rinse the brush and let it dry.
Wipe away excess solution
If there is excess cleaning solution on the leather surface, wipe it off with a clean, soft cloth.
Cleaning is complete!
Allow your boots to dry for about 20 minutes.
We recommend conditioning your full-grain leather boots after they dry by following our Condition guide in the section below.
When to Condition & Waterproof
After heavy use or when leather is scuffed and begins to look dry
Active Time:10 minutes
Wait Time:20 minutes
Test spray on leather
Spray a small amount of conditioner to clean, dry boots on an inconspicuous area, such as the heel, to test the effect. It’s normal for the leather to darken slightly when the product is applied.
Once satisfied with the test, hold the bottle a few inches from the suede or nubuck surface. Spray a thin layer of conditioner as evenly as possible to all exterior leather areas of your boots.
Tip:If your boot has fabric or textile panels, it’s safe to spray these areas with Suede & Nubuck Waterproofing Conditioner Spray!
Allow spray to set and dry
Once conditioner has been applied to your boots, allow it to set and dry for about 20 minutes. This allows enough time for the suede or nubuck to absorb the conditioner.
Conditioning & waterproofing are complete!
You can lace your boots back up and be on your way.
If your boots could use a freshening up, check out our Odor Management guide in the next section.
To learn more, visit Leather Conditioners
When to Manage Odor
Often as a way to prevent bacteria growth in new and well worn boots
Active Time:2 minutes
Wait Time:5-60 minutes
Dry boots & remove footbeds
If your boots are wet on the inside, dry them before applying odor reducing products. We recommend using a boot dryer.
If your boots have removable footbeds, take them out after your boots are dry.
It is not recommended to use high heat sources, such as direct sunlight or open flame, to dry your boots as it may cause damage, such as delaminating the outsole or cracking the leather.
Apply Odor Eliminator
Spray the inside of your boots with Danner Odor Eliminator. Be sure to spray the front of the boot where your toes go.
Let them dry for 5-10 minutes before wearing.
Odor is minimized!
You may repeat these steps as often as you’d like.
We recommend replacing footbeds once per year to manage odor.
To learn more, visit Odor Management
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