How to Clean Wellies

We have collected a few simple tips on how to get your Wellington boots clean and shiny so that you can freely enjoy your outdoor activities without worry.

Cleaning the Exterior of your Wellies

The first thing to do when cleaning out your wellies is paying attention to their exterior as this is where you’ll find all accumulated dirt.

  1. Begin by brushing any parts of desiccated dirt that you can wipe off easily. You can leave any older bits that won’t slide off for later. It’s best to do this over an old newspaper sheet so you don’t get the floor dirty.
  2. The second step would be to dampen a cloth into a bowl of warm water and wipe with it each boot, starting from the upper part. Don’t stress if there is still some dirt remaining on the boot after this step.
  3. Damp another cloth into a cleansing emulsion you can make using a tsp of dishwashing liquid and 1 litre of water and repeat. Wipe your boots using circular movements, starting from upwards to downwards. If there is still some mud and dirt stuck, you can spare a few extra moments to wipe it off at this point.
  4. Flip your boots and take a soft bristle brush (toothbrushes are great for this purpose) to wipe out any parts of mud from the soles after placing it first into the cleansing emulsion and brush in back and forth motion, making sure that you don’t ruin the boot soles.
  5. Complete the task by cleaning your wellies downwards with plain water and a washed cloth. Note that you have to make sure that no soap residue is left on the boots after wiping them as this will ruin their exterior or leave spots. 

Washing Your Wellington's Interior

Now you got a clean and polished pair of boots on the outside, let’s move into the boots internal part. In some cases, the boot stitching required a bit of talc powder so it doesn’t smell bad. 

  1. Combine some warm water with a non-ecological detergent liquid e.g Persil.
  2. Dampen a cloth or wiper in the soapy water mix and wipe with it the boot’s interior. Dampen another rag in pure water only to wash off the soapy layer.
  3. Let your wellies dry out on their own. If they still have an odor left, place a small amount of baking soda inside and let it work overnight. It makes a great way to remove your smell.

Tip: Combine equal amounts of hot water with white vinegar and wipe your boots with it or spray into your boots directly to get rid of any lingering smells. The naturally occuring acids in the white vinegar are great deodorizers.

How To Get Your Boots Dry

If you aren’t sure how to clean your dry boots once they have been washed and wiped, the most appropriate thing to do is allowing them to dry on their own naturally and without getting them exposed to sunlight. Don’t jump into placing them under a radiator or using a hairdryer. Just let them dry naturally in a dry and well-ventilated spot.

Tip: To speed up the whole natural drying process, place and fold some old newspaper sheets inside that will absorb excess moisture. 

Cleaning Your Boots “Blooming”

 In some cases, your wellies can show a white marble-like motif that is called “blooming”. This is actually a great indicator that your boots are made of high quality rubber. However, we understand that some people may not like this pattern.

If you wish to make your wellies shiny and polished again, there are two ways: you can spray them using a special store-bought spray for wellies or a by using our welly cleaning silicone oil spray, using a clean rag. Make sure that you do this on a safe spot before you handle the entire boot.