How To Wash Work Boots? – Simple Steps

how to clean work boots

Who doesn’t like to wear polished work boots at the office? You should keep the work boots looking clean and shiny not only to maintain professionalism but also to enhance their longevity.

The accumulated dirt, dust, oil, and other substances negatively impact the shoe; it could even get cracked or scratched short.

So, today I’ve come up with a few easy hacks of cleaning for work boots with some ingredients; that you’ll get in your home.

HOW TO WASH WORK BOOTS in Simple steps

How to Clean Leather Work Boots

Leather boots all-time look elegant and come with a bit expensive price tag. Above all, leather material requires special care; otherwise, it could lose its shine. No more worry! Here I’ll share the best way to clean leather work boots.

How to clean outside of the leather work boots?

Light Cleaning for work boots:

First, wipe away dust and some dirt with a damp brush or cloth. The old toothbrush works fairly well on the edges.

Deep Cleaning for work boots:

If the boot is stubbornly dirty, you’ll need to use liquid spray leather cleaners, but avoid petroleum products.

Let it soak for a few minutes, and wipe away the shoe with a soft and clean cloth. You should wipe the shoe gently in a circular motion.

how to clean the inside of boots?

You could use a mild low-pH shampoo to wash the insole and footbed them by hand. If you want to wash them in the washing machine, use a mild detergent. After washing, set it in a cool and dry place to air dry for at least overnight. 

how to condition the boots?

Make it look-like brand new:

  • Next, it comes to condition the leather. The conditioning oil moisturizes the leather, prevents the material from drying and cracking, as well as provides a water-resistant barrier to keep moisture out.
  • Before applying the conditioner, make sure the boot is completely dry.
  • After drying out the boot, apply any natural leather conditioner or oil to nourish and protect leather, but avoid petroleum products.
  • Boot brush could give your shoes a good wipe down, and use an old toothbrush on the edge areas.

How to Clean Suede Boots?

Suede is such an adorable material, but many people avoid suede shoes, as they need to do special care to keep their shoes looking nice. But the thing is not as hard as you might think. Here, I’ll tell you how to clean them with ease –

Things needed:
Suede Shoe Cleaning Kit, White Wash Cloth, Razor, White Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol, and Suede Protector

  • Brush the shoes in one direction to remove the dirt from the fiber surface layer.
  • If there is any strain on the shoe, brush the stained area in a back-and-forth motion with a little more force.
  • Keep rubbing the eraser until the stain is gone.Now, take some rubbing alcohol or plain white vinegar and pour a bit onto a white washcloth.
  • Rub the wet cloth on the stained areas, and leave it the same until the areas dry completely.
  • Once it’s dry, brush away the loosened dirt and keep brushing to fluff the fabric back up.
  • Gently shave the areas wherever you notice strings off the fabric with a razor. After shaving, brush away the stringy bits.
  • Finally, apply the suede protectant spray to restore the brand new-like look.

Tips for Tackling A Few Stubborn Stains on Suede 

Oil or Grease:

Sprinkle a bit of cornstarch on the stained area and leave it overnight or until the ingredients soak up the oil. In the next morning, brush away the stain with a damp brush.


Soak a cotton ball or paper towel in hydrogen peroxide and keep lightly dabbing it on the stained areas until the blood strain comes out.


Apply rubbing alcohol on the strained areas and keep scrubbing with the suede eraser.

Wax or Gum:

Put the shoe in the freezer until the wax or gum become hard. After a while, it will come off in chunks. Then, brush away the small particles.


First, leave it the same until the mud gets dry. It will come off in chunks once it dries. Then, brush away the small particles of dirt.

How to Remove Grease or Oil Spots?

Grease and oil stains are the most stubborn strain that we all have ever got. Most of the time we’ve repented that the strain may have permanently ruined the things. But I have a few secret hacks to share with you.

As you can see, cornstarch is highly effective to remove oil or grease spots from suede shoes. Similarly, the baby powder effectively works on canvas shoes, and oil remover sprays are there for leather shoes.

Cleaning of canvas shoes:

  • Sprinkle baby powder or cornstarch onto the oil or grease spotted areas.
  • Make sure that you’ve entirely covered the strained areas with powder.
  • Leave it to sit in an undisturbed area for 5 to 10 minutes until it absorbs the greasy elements.
  • Then, gently brush the powder out with a boot brush or toothbrush, but don’t rub the areas.
  • Next, pour 1-drop of dish soap and hot water into a clean cloth and rub the stained areas with this sampan cloth.
  • Keep rubbing until the stain becomes lighter or is gone completely.
  • Leave it to sit in a cool and dry area to air dry for about 1-day. Don’t set your shoes directly under the sunlight; it can fade out the color.

Cleaning of leather work boots:

  • If you just recently got an oil stain on your shoes, the majority of the strain can be removed by blotting it up with a paper towel.
  • Gently dab a clean paper towel on the stained areas. Never rub any stain on leather.
  • If the strain is old, spray oil remover on the strained areas.
  • Make sure; that you have held the spray bottle about 6 inches away from the shoes and entirely coated the stain with oil remover.
  • Leave your shoes in a cool, dry, and undisturbed place for at least 2 hours.
  • Once the oil remover starts to crack, brush it out with a soft-bristled brush.

Household Items That Can Be Used for Cleaning

Liquid Dish Soap:

I’ve already told you how to use it to remove oil and grease spots from canvas material shoes.

Distilled White Vinegar:

White vinegar is an inexpensive non-toxic disinfecting agent and a great cleaner for suede boots. The process I’ve already mentioned above.

Hydrogen Peroxide:

As you know Hydrogen peroxide is great for removing blood stains from any materials. You’ll find Hydrogen peroxide in some household items, like - toothpaste, mouthwashes, hair dyes and bleaches, laundry stain removers, and bathroom cleaners.


1. Can I clean work boots with dish soap?

Yeah! You do not clean the work boot, but remove oil and grease stains with dish soap.

2. Can I put my boots in the washing machine?  

I suggest not putting the boots in a washing machine; it could damage the material.

3. How do you clean the inside of steel toe boots?

People often wonder about how to clean steel toe boots. Cleaning of the outer portion of such shoes is similar to other boot cleaning processes I mentioned above.

The insole of the steel toe boots requires special attention; should be washed gently. Take out the insole first. Then, make a soap-water solution with the mild shampoo and warm water; next, pour it into a soft and lint-free cloth; then, wash the interior with this damp cloth.

Next, fill the inside with fresh water to wash away the soap-water solution and dry the inside and outside of the boots thoroughly with a blow dryer.

Once they dry, put them outside to soak up the rays of the sun to kill the germs.

Now, fill two socks with 2-tablespoons of baking soda and put them in each shoe separately to take away the odor. Leave it overnight.


Now you may have understood getting clean-looking footwear again doesn’t take as much as you think. If a little care and occasional cleaning could increase the durability of the expensive shoes, why don’t you do so? I hope you’ll try these hacks in the upcoming weekend. If so, let me know how they work for you.

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