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Maintenance of Nubuck leather shoes and boots

How do I best take care of my nubuck 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 nubuck leather boots

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 nubuck 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 Nubuck 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 Nubuck 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?

We recommend that you use a product that is specially designed for nubuck that does not spoil the special appearance of the nubuck leather. The agent can be applied with a cloth. Products för nubuck are more liquid and are less likely to clog the skin than products with a high wax content. Vigorous brushing generate heat, witch helps with the absorption of the product into the nubuck leather. Use the Alfa Nubuck Brush which has a stiff brush, to freshen up the nubuck leather, so that it regains its suede expression.

Impregnating nubuck leather boots

ALFA Protection and Waterproofing or ALFA Leather Care are two effective impregnations that protect the shoe/boot against water and dirt. Alfas unique technology mimics natures own chemistry, lika a leaf that is water repellent, and is both biodegradable, kind to nature and can be applied indoors. The impregnation is PFC-FREE and the bottle can be recycled.

1. Clean the shoe.
2. Shake the bottle
3. Spray evenly on the shoe/boot.
4. Wipe off excess impregnation with a cloth.
5. Let the shoe/boot dry for 24 hours, for best effect.  

If the leather is properly impregnated, the water settle as drops on top of the leather. You can apply shoe polish as often as desired. The right type of care can significantly extend the life of your boots.


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 nubuck 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!