Buying a pair of R.M. Williams boots is one of life’s little fashion milestones. R.M. Williams has grown to become one of Australia’s, and the world's most iconic brands and is the style of boot that never go out of fashion.
Once you’ve made your investment in R.M. Williams boots, you want to make sure they last as long as possible and are still looking brand-spanking-new a few years down the line and you will love to wear them all the time, it is so important that you learn how to best look after your leather boots.
Some clues that indicate that your boots need some attention are salt stains, colour fading, and small cracks. So, to keep them tip-top, there are a few simple steps to follow:
Cleaning your boots
RM William’s Leather Cleaner keeps boots looking as good as new, apply R.M. Williams leather cleaner anytime to get rid of a bit of dirt on them or are starting to look a little drab. Spray cleaner directly on boots. Using a damp cloth massage in. Remove any excess cleaner with a dry cloth. This should be completed prior to applying polish.
If you do not have a leather cleaner, the best and least expensive way to clean your boots is with vinegar and water. We suggest one part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar solution onto your boots and wipe off with a clean lint-free cloth. Let them dry and repeat as necessary. The vinegar acts to draw the minerals and dirt out of the leather, so some persistent salt stains may take a couple of treatments. Once you are satisfied that your boots are clean, they need to be conditioned.
Conditioning your Boots
Conditioning your boots In general, leather dries out over time, and natural oils need to be added back into the leather. Conditioning your boots revitalizes the leather and add back suppleness and water-repellency. It will also re-energise the colour, bringing them back to a deep rich colour.
To protect and maintain supple leather we only recommend applying R.M. Williams’s unique leather conditioner regularly, once or twice a month. This nourishes the leather and helps keep your boots in top condition and to prevent the leather from cracking. The conditioner acts as an umbrella or raincoat to protect the leather against rain and wet weather.
Use a cloth to apply and massage into the boot. Leave your boots for 24 – 48 hours to allow the conditioner to fully absorb. Once the conditioner is completely absorbed into the leather, give the leather a good buff with a dry cloth.
R.M. Williams Stockman’s Boot Polish
For high shine boots that use yearling leather which is chrome tanned to achieve a highly polished appearance and to resist water penetration, in addition to regular conditioner, apply R.M. Williams Stockman’s boot polish. This should be applied on a regular basis to maintain colour and remove any to cover any deep scuffs. Massage the polish well into the boot and then buff with a clean cloth for the highest shine.
Now that you are armed with the knowledge to keep your RM Williams Boots in top condition you can be assured that you can enjoy wearing your boots for many years to come.