I bought my first pair of Hunter boots in the fall and really love them. I’m very particular about keeping my footwear clean (not quite to the point where I use a bit of Hand Sanitizer to help clean up grubby marks on some of them when out and about like a friend of mine does, but still!), and I love the fact that I’m able to wear my Hunter boots without a care in the world. I’m used to avoiding puddles and slush like the plague, so it’s nice to have some footwear that’s designed for these conditions.
However, after a bit of wear, I started to notice the nice sheen was giving way to a white film on top of the boots. I shrugged it off at first, but as time went on, it got more noticeable, so it really started to bug me. Why were my pretty boots looking ratty?
A quick Google search led me to the Hunter website, which had the explanation I was looking for. They refer to the white powdery substance as “blooming,” which is a normal process for natural rubber products, especially those of high quality. The white powder is made up of insoluble particles the rise to the surface of the rubber. This is why it doesn’t just rinse off in the rain.
There are specialty cleaning products available to help you restore the original sheen…but why spend the money if you can clean them with things you have at home? Without further ado, here’s a simple, DIY trick you can use when you’re trying to determine how to clean Hunter Boots.
How to clean Hunter Boots (with ingredients you have at home):
- Grab a paper towel, and run it under warm water. Put some soap onto it, and lather up your boots.
- Once the boots are all soapy, rinse them off. They’ll look shiny, but trust me, once they dry, they’ll look pasty again!
- Grab a new paper towel and dip it into some Olive Oil. Then, go to town on your boots. They’ll look shiny and will absorb the oil, so they won’t be greasy when you wear them.
I hope this helps – let me know if you try it!