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Maintenance of Full-grain leather shoes and boots

How do I best take care of my full grain leather boots?

Proper care and maintenance is important for your Alfa boots to stay dry an neat over time. Real leather acts much like a second skin, as it is a natural raw material that depends on care to maintain its quality. Dirt and moisture have little impact on well-kept boots.
Here will you get a thorough introduction how to take good care of your Alfa boots. 

Airing out leather boots after each excursion

The insoles absorb plenty of moisture and should be removed after every longer excursion, as they will dry quickly when outside of the boot. This is especially important after multi-day excursions. In an ideal world, a soaked leather boot should be left to dry for 24 hours before its next use.

Cleaning leather boots

Never stow away dirty boots.
Remember to remove the laces before cleaning, brushing and/or polishing your boots.
After removing the insoles and laces, remove any dirt from the leather.
Average dirt levels require brushing with ALFA Leather Brush, luke-warm water and dish soap. Very dirty boots must be treated with ALFA Clean & Refresh.
A effective cleaning agent that removes stans and dirt. 

1. Remove loose dirt with a damp cloth.
2. Shake the bottle and spray evenly on the shoe/boot.
3. Use a damp cloth to wash the shoe/boot.
4. If necessary, rinse under the tap or wipe with a cloth. 
5. Repeat if necessary and then when they are dry, impregnate the shoe/boot immediately .

Since cleaning and cleaning products open the pores and leaves the leather unprotected, water will be instantly absorbed. To avoid wet shoes on your next trip, it is important to thoroughly impregnate the boots to close the pores and restore their water-repellent properties.

Drying leather boots

After cleaning leather boots with water, they must be left to dry completely before further treatment. The best way to ensure this is to let them dry at room temperature for 24 hours. In addition, if you have cleaned the inside of the boot, you can stuff them with newspaper for 30 minutes to get rid of the excess water and reduce the drying time. It will take 2-3 days before they are completely dry.

It is important to note that leather boots are somewhat fragile to heat. Therefore, we recommend keeping drying temperatures to 37°C or lower. Avoid placing your boots to dry on or close to a radiator, close to a fireplace or any other heat source. Wet leather can become brittle and shrink, often resulting in cracks and other damage.

What kind of maintenance product should I use?

Alfa Shoes Care Polish(black/brown) - shoe polish that nourishes, protects and gives the color back to shoes/boots in full-grain leather, ie leather with shiny surfaces. Nourishes and softens the leather that extends the life of the shoe/boot. The product is water-based and contains only natural ingredients. 

1. Clean the leather.
2. Apply the shoe polish with a cloth and apply it to the leather. 
3. Let i dry and then polish with a cloth or a brush.
4. Impregnate the shoe/boot with ALFA Protection and waterproofing or with ALFA Leather wax.

Impregnating leather boots

Proper impregnation reduces water and dirt absorption, while the shoe retains its breathability. 
Use ALFA Leather wax or ALFA Leather care, a natural wax that impregnates and protects against water and dirt. It gives moisture to the skin and leaves a slightly shiny film, and should therefore only be used on full-grain leather, ie leather with smooth surface.

1. Clean the shoe/boot with a cloth or a brush.
2. Apply the wax with a cloth.
3. Wait about 10 minutes before you polish the shoe/boot with a cloth och a brush.

Proper maintenance makes the leather more resistant against dirt sticking. A good layer of wax protects also against tears and other damage to the leather. Dry leather is more easily worn and damaged. 

After impregnation, frequently brush your boots with shoe polish or wax, and polish properly.  

How often should I treat my boots?

The frequency of impregnation depends on the amount of use. A rule of thumb is to look at the boots; when they begin to absorb water and darker spots appear on certain points, like the instep fold, it is time for proper care. Before longer excursions or the hunting season, it is recommended to thoroughly treat the boots.

Properly maintained boots will repel water, the water will settle as drops on top of the leather. This shows that the leather is protected. Shoe polish can be applied as often as you like.

Remember that proper care significantly prolongs the lifespan of your boots.

Storing full grain leather boots

Store your boots in a dry, cold and properly ventilated place. Never store wet boots in moist rooms or in your car, as they are exposed to mold and discoloring. Furthermore, do not store them directly on heated floors, as it dries out the rubber and decreases the sole's lifespan.

With frequent and proper care your leather boots will provide you with years of great outdoor experiences!