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Maintenance of Textile shoes

How do I best take care of my textile / synthetic boots?

Proper care is crucial to maintaining the Alfa quality. Dirt and moisture have little impact on well-kept boots.

Airing out

The insoles absorb plenty of moisture and should be removed after every longer trip, as they will dry quickly when outside of the boot. This is especially important after multi-day excursions.

Cleaning of textile boots

Never put away muddy boots.

If you are going to wash, sand or impregnate the boots, you must also remove the laces so that you can get under them.
Once the insoles and laces have been removed, dirt must be removed from the upper material. For normal levels of dirt, brushing with Alfa Leather Brush and cleaning under lukewarm running water and a little detergent will suffice. For particularly dirty boots, use Alfa Clean & Refresh, which is an effective cleaning agent that removes stains and dirt.

Instructions:

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

The upper material in the cleaned shoe now has more open pores and will then more easily absorb water. To reduce water uptake, impregnation must be applied after the boot has dried.

 

Drying of shoes and boots

If you have needed to clean the shoes with water, they must be allowed to dry well before further treatment. It is best to put them at room temperature for 24 hours. If you have washed them inside, you can fill the shoes with newspaper for 30 minutes first to get most of the moisture out.
Shoes do not withstand too much heat and we recommend using drying temperatures below 37 degrees. Never place boots to dry on a radiator, near the oven or other heat source. Outer materials are "damaged" easily by too much drying; the materials can shrink and lose or change shape.
 

Impregnation of textile boots

Alfa Protection and Waterproofing is effective impregnation that protects shoes and boots from water and dirt. Our unique technology mimics nature's own chemistry, like a leaf that is water-repellent, and is both biodegradable, kind to nature, and can be nicely applied indoors. The impregnation is PFC-FREE, and the bottle can also be recycled.

Instructions:
1. Clean the shoe.
2. Shake the bottle well.
3. Spray the impregnation over the entire shoe / boot.
4. Wipe off excess impregnation with a cloth.
5. The boot should dry for 24 hours for maximum effect.

With proper maintenance, the upper material is significantly less exposed to dirt sticking. Furthermore, the impregnation protects against tears and damage to the upper material.

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, it is recommended to thoroughly treat the boots. Properly maintained boots will repel water, rather than bleed into the material.

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

Storing textile 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 boots will provide you with years of great outdoor experiences!

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