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Moses_Yoder
I got my new Ariat shoes that I am using for work. I ordered them from Amazon and they look good and feel great, fit perfect. I work in a wood shop so they get dusty and grungy looking in a hurry, I would like to know what to apply to keep the leather looking like new. I would clean them every weekend. I did some Googling but most of what they talk about is how to polish a shoe. I don't want a high polish, I want a flat finish with the leather protected is all and the dirt removed. These shoes will last me 2-3 years even on a cement floor and I want to keep them looking like new. I would like to buy something locally instead of having to order it, like TSC has a nice shoe section, just looking for recommendations on what to use to clean and wax them.

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Moses D Yoder/Mose/Mo
ICCC #1278
Sears Syndicate # 651 / 275 Appreciation Syndicate #159 / Slant Saver #22
Psalm 97:11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

 
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BSAGuy
Try this, Moses.

https://pecard.com/shop/classic/classic-leather-dressing/

[Classic-Leather-Dressing]


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DasTailor
For just leather protection and weather guarding and cleaning just plain old mink oil works out very well. Not for the mink, but the shoe leather stays nice.
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brucesheehe
Camp Dry spray
Bruce Sheehe
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salukispeed
Mink oil is good and many products will darken the leather as it soaks into the surface.  Anyone tried the Neatsfoot oil we use for pump cups? it is designed as a leather preservative and protection. Again It will likely darken the shoe
Bob
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Aspbear
I have always used a small medium bristle brush to go over the boot, then use saddle soap and finally ha drub some mink oil into the leather. It I'll look like it is going to darken the leather but after an hour or so it will settle back to the original color.

The laces I take out and put some saddle soap on a rag and pull the lace through

Also if you get a burnished spot like your boot rubbing on a spot use a little stiffer brush to open the grain back up.

I have never used a water proofing spray just dry as soon as possible.
G.B. Harp
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REJ2
Damp cloth and an air compressor should do it. Any oils you apply may make the dust you speak of only worse.
Bob    ICCC #1574
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Mark in Texas
A medium soft brush to clean the dirt off. Saddle soap if they are really dirty.

If you want waterproof then use snow seal.
Don’t sell yourself short judge, you’re a tremendous slouch.

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Yosemite John
First find out if the original finish is wax based or oil based. Ariat should be able to tell you.
If you use neatsfoot oil, use pure neatsfoot oil.  The additives in neatsfoot compounds have been known to degrade stitching
A Happy Camper
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scl
black magic tire wet, it is my go to protector for rubber,leather and vinyl.  especially good on auto dashboards, not a crack yet.
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Northman49
I use this.... Dubbin_Open__1550592456_83361.jpg
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Rhubarb
Best leather care product I've come across is Obenauf's LP.
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If you are in a hurry the Obenauf's oil works awesome as well. It's also what I use for my leather pump cups. 
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https://www.obenaufs.com

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pateco
Anyone tried this stuff?

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Northman49
OK...but I didn't see anything leather on the video...is it for synthetics only?
She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still.

I keep my tools sharp...but my mind sharper!
  Ed
                 ICCC no.1880
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curtludwig
salukispeed wrote:
Mink oil is good and many products will darken the leather as it soaks into the surface.  Anyone tried the Neatsfoot oil we use for pump cups? it is designed as a leather preservative and protection. Again It will likely darken the shoe


I'd been having trouble with my Redwing boots leaking even though I had rubbed beeswax into them until I was blue in the face. A friend suggested I oil them so I soaked them with Neats foot oil, then mixed some Neats foot about 50/50 with bees wax and worked that it. That was way back in November and I have to say its worked a treat. I wear those boots often and they haven't leaked a drop. I'm sold, I'll change my yearly maintenance to include oiling.
Curt

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curlyjoe_99
Moses,

Those look like suede. if they are, care for them like a suede jacket

here is a kit with a cleaner eraser like the ARMY uses. there are always other options of course.
also, find a suede waterproofing spray if you are worried about moisture. I treated a suede jacket and the coating lasted 4 years before I began notice the need for a cleaning and re-treat

instructions downloaded:


Amazon- Suede cleaning kit

instructions downloaded:

How to Clean Inspection-Approved Combat Boots

Step One: As soon as possible upon purchasing or being issued combat boots, buy a suede shoe cleaning kit. The nylon quarter panels are easy to care for but the suede areas can be difficult to keep looking nice without the care kit. Suede is created from the underside of the leather hide and has a napped, rough texture. While leather in combat boots is not finished as finely as your suede jacket or hat, it can still be a finicky finish that has to be cleaned correctly or it can be ruined to the point that it cannot be restored.

A good suede cleaning kit will include a non-metallic bristle brush, boot cleaner, and a type of preserver or conditioner. If you don't have access to a kit, use a soft cloth or a soft, nylon bristle brush for daily cleaning.

Do not apply commercial waterproofing products or shoe polish to these boots. It is important that the materials remain breathable for maximum comfort during wear.

Step Two: By cleaning the boots regularly, you can prevent excessive staining and wear. Daily cleaning is easy. Use the soft brush or a soft cloth to lightly brush off dust and dirt. In a pinch, you can even use an old toothbrush. Even with a full-size brush, the toothbrush is handy for cleaning small areas around the eyelets and sole tread.

Step Three: If the boots get mud stains, allow the mud to dry completely. Grab the large brush and scrub off the excess soil. If stains remain, mix a 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing soap with one cup of warm water, mixing well. Dampen a sponge or soft cloth with the solution and wipe away any excess dirt on the nylon or suede. DO NOT use a harsh cleaners that are alcohol or oil-based. The alcohol will dry out the leather and the oil-based cleaners will leave stains on the boots. After cleaning, wipe down with plain water and allow to air dry.

The boots are made from water-resistant materials but can still become damp or wet due to perspiration or water entering over the top of the boot or through the eyelets. If the boots are wet, always allow them to air dry away from excessive heat including direct sunlight, hair dryers, or heating vents.

For scuff marks, there are suede erasers or suede stones that you can purchase. Use a light touch and rub back and forth a couple of times to remove the scuff. Do not scrub heavily or the nap will be removed and cannot be repaired. An art gum eraser can also remove scuffs and excessively rough areas on the suede.

For oil stains, sprinkle the stained area with baking soda, corn starch, foot powder, or baby powder to absorb the oil. Allow the powder to sit for at least thirty minutes and then brush away with the soft brush. Repeat if oil remains.

Step Four: It's importantto keep the inside of the boots clean as well, mainly for your own comfort. First, remove the insoles from the boots and allow them to air dry. If you feel the insoles need to be washed, always hand wash with a gentle soap like saddle soap. NEVER put them in a washing machine. The agitation from the spin cycle can ruin shape.

If the shoelaces need a cleaning, this a good time to wash them as well. While shoelaces can go into a washing machine, hand washing is easier and you are more likely to get both of them back.

Finally, use a soft cloth and the dishwashing soap/water mixture to wipe down the inside. Follow up with a wipe down with plain water and allow the boots to air dry. If Athlete's Foot is problem, spray the inside of the boot with an anti-fungal spray.

Robert (AKA Curly)-- Heart-of-Texas! "Keep 'Em Working"  
MILSPEC_OPS & 275 Appreciation Syndicate Member #9999

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Moses_Yoder
These are advertised as 100% full grain leather uppers, not suede. I would really hate to think I paid almost $100 for imported suede shoes and then hoping they last for 2-3 years of everyday working on a cement floor. Ariat makes a better shoe than Redwing or Wolverine for half the price. I think I will brush them off with a bristle brush then clean with saddle soap and then rub in a little bit of mink oil every weekend. All of those things are readily available locally and should keep them looking nice for a long time. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond.
Moses D Yoder/Mose/Mo
ICCC #1278
Sears Syndicate # 651 / 275 Appreciation Syndicate #159 / Slant Saver #22
Psalm 97:11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

 
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sbh801
You got the right idea with saddle soap and mink oil!! I'm wearing the exact shoes you ordered.Very comfy and will last! I have mine for 4 years and counting!

Shine on!! Steven
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Rubing
Well that kinda somes it up.
ICCC # 1402
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Adventurewagen
I've worn docs for years, the sole wears out way before the leather does.
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Aspbear
I see no suede in those boots and I think you have a good plan.
G.B. Harp
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Uncleduddley
Doc Baileys leather tonic is the best i have ever used.  wipe it on very lightly allow to dry, buff for a sheen or just leave it alone. works on any color with little darkening if any.  great water proofer as well  
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MapleJoe
Well I have needed a decent pair of boot for awhile so I just ordered a pair like Mose's.   

What would I do without the fine fashion advice from the CCF?!?    I sure wouldn't have known about Stormy Kromer hats.  My Stormy Kromer hat is my favorite and has kept my melon warm this winter, hope these boots are as good as all the reviews say too!

Thanks Mose!
MapleJoe
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AllanD
I've always been a fan of SNOW-SEAL

It is made for water proofing boots it is mostly bees wax
Allan

Don't ask where the burn marks on my workbench came from...

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Moses_Yoder
MapleJoe wrote:
Well I have needed a decent pair of boot for awhile so I just ordered a pair like Mose's.   

What would I do without the fine fashion advice from the CCF?!?    I sure wouldn't have known about Stormy Kromer hats.  My Stormy Kromer hat is my favorite and has kept my melon warm this winter, hope these boots are as good as all the reviews say too!

Thanks Mose!


My brother-in-law turned me on to Ariat. They don't advertise so not many people know about them. I hope you end up being happy with them. 
Moses D Yoder/Mose/Mo
ICCC #1278
Sears Syndicate # 651 / 275 Appreciation Syndicate #159 / Slant Saver #22
Psalm 97:11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

 
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curlyjoe_99
Ahhh.... My bag on the suede look. [sFun_duh2]

well maybe my mis-posting will help someone who does have that type of boot.

another option for regular leather is lanolin creams after you clean with saddle soap.

but, either way it looks like you have a plan of action
Robert (AKA Curly)-- Heart-of-Texas! "Keep 'Em Working"  
MILSPEC_OPS & 275 Appreciation Syndicate Member #9999

In Search of (ISO): evidence of a 220/228 series lantern dated 2/63    

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rdraider
Fiebings saddle soap
https://www.amazon.com/Fiebings-Saddle-Soap-355-Yellow/dp/B07KTS874R/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=fiebings+saddle+soap&qid=1550885892&s=hpc&sr=1-10


This and a little water is all you need to keep leather clean. Now if you want to add water proofness, you'll need mink oil or snow seal is a good choice.

But for cleaning, only use saddle soap. and a soft bristle brush

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Moses_Yoder
I scrubbed them with saddle soap today and applied some mink oil, they look better than new.

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Moses D Yoder/Mose/Mo
ICCC #1278
Sears Syndicate # 651 / 275 Appreciation Syndicate #159 / Slant Saver #22
Psalm 97:11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

 
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sbh801
I need to put some care into mine but they been delegated to yard duties.
Shine on!! Steven
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Aspbear
They look great mink oil just gives them a nice sheen. I still have all my leather gear and it looks like the day I bought it with the process you used. Nice Job
G.B. Harp
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Aspbear
You know when you see that double and triple stitching you hav a quality item.
G.B. Harp
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malcolma
Obenauf's.....family company in Idaho makes a boot grease we all use out here in wet/snowy Oregon (former timber faller)....best we've ever found and a local company (for us!). They also make a leather oil, for your fancy "going in to town" shoes & boots.... All I know is we could fall timber year 'round with Obenauf's and keep our feet dry, and boots lasting far longer than otherwise.
https://www.obenaufs.com/heavy-duty-lp-p/leather-preservative-paste.htm
Stephen Anderson
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Dubblbubbl
X2 on the snow seal if the leather is going to be exposed to moisture.  I was turned on to Pecard’s liquid a few years ago and I use that for belts, leather trim, slings, scabbards, etc..
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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Jayhawksr
I have cleaned or shined a shoe or boot in six months.  I guess one of the benefits of working from home -- no need to wear real shoes.  My go to winter boots are LL Bean Maine Hunting Boots and they don't need much care other than cleaning the uppers. My Merrill's and wading boots are pretty maintenance free!
Richard (KC native and KU Alumni living in Maryland)
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk. Go KU!
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