how to clean rubber boots

How to Clean Rubber Boots: A Step by Step Guide

When you live in Vancouver, rubber boots are a necessity. For all the wet weather, you need something that can keep your feet dry and clean. But after a few rainy days, those rubber boots start to look a little…less than fashionable. Cleaning your rubber boots can seem like a daunting task. With all the mud, muck and mess that tends to accumulate on them, it’s no wonder we often dread this chore! But don’t worry – with our step-by-step guide, you’ll have your boots cleaned in no time – with minimal effort.

What You’ll Need

cleaning supplies
  • A soft brush
  • Clean cloths
  • Mild soap (dishwashing liquid is ideal)
  • Bucket of lukewarm water


Step 1 – Remove Mud and Dirt Trapped on the Surface

To begin, stuff the inside of your boots with newspaper. This will not help to absorb moisture but will help them keep their shape.

Using a dry soft brush, scrub your rubber boots in a circular motion to remove grime stuck on your shoes surface. This will help you avoid having to scrape the dirt off later. Please note, this will only work once the mud is dried.

If you want to wash your pair right after wearing them, try spraying them down outside with a garden hose to avoid the wet mess inside! Cleaning your boots after each wear will help to maintain your natural rubber for longer. The longer your footwear stays dirty, the more likely its material will start to break down and deteriorate. If you want to skip the headache altogether, try Shoewash Supreme’s boot cleaning services in Vancouver!

Step 2 – Soak Your Boots

cleaning bucket

Once all the dirt and mud has been removed, fill a bucket with lukewarm water and add some mild soap (such as dish soap). Place your boots in the soapy water and let them soak for at least 10 minutes.

Step 3 – Scrub Away the Grime

After soaking your boots, use a soft brush and some soap to scrub away any remaining dirt and mud. Pay special attention to areas such as seams, pockets and eyelets where mud can often get trapped. Moreover, be sure to treat stains quickly to avoid permanent damage!

Step 4 – Rinse and Dry

hang dry rubber boots

Once you’ve removed all the dirt and grime, rinse your boots with clean water then dry them with a clean cloth. Alternatively, you can let them air dry in a well ventilated area.

After your boots dry, inspect your boots for any signs of damage such as rips or tears in the material, then store them away until you need them again. Always store rubber boots away from direct sunlight to avoid damage.

Step 5 – Shine and Protect

If you’re looking to give your boots a bit of extra shine, apply a small amount of wax or leather conditioner to the surface. This will help protect your rubber boots from cracking and keep them looking good for longer.

Another option is to rub your hunter boots with olive oil and a dry cloth. Additionally, it is recommended to treat your boots with mink oil at least once a year. Never use shoe polish on your rubber boots as this can damage them.

And there you have it – an easy five-step guide for cleaning your rubber boots.

How to Remove White Marks on Hunter Rain Boots

white marks on hunter boots

If you have owned your Hunter rain boots for some time, you may have noticed a white powdery film on the rubber. This process is called “blooming” and is caused by the rubber coming into contact with salt and other minerals in the air.

Since rubber is a natural product, insoluble particles can rise to the surface in certain temperatures. This is a completely normal characteristic of high quality rubber explained on the Hunter Website.

To remove these white marks, simply dampen a cloth with warm water and wipe away the white powder. Add a few drops of olive oil and rub in a circular motion. Repeat if necessary until all traces of white film have been removed.

If signs of blooming persist, you can try using the Hunter Boot buffer. After you have removed the white marks, let your boots dry in a well ventilated area.

How to Make Your Hunter Boots Shiny Again

Hunter boots are made of natural rubber and can begin to dry out as the oils evaporate over time. With regular care, you can be sure to get a lifetime out of your favourite boots.

To make them look shiny again, try using a few drops of olive oil and a dry cloth to rub off any scuff marks. You can also use a soft sponge to apply the oil in the same way. This will help replenish the natural oils in the rubber and bring back its original shine. Shoewash Supreme offers a wide variety shoe care services to keep your boots in pristine condition.

How to Remove Odours on Hunter Boots

dirty hunter boots

As rubber boots are usually worn in wet and muddy conditions, they can start to smell over time. To remove any lingering odours on your Hunter Boots, try using a mixture of baking soda and water.

Put the solution into a spray bottle and spritz it onto the interior of your boots. Leave them to sit for a few hours before wiping them down with a damp cloth.

Alternatively, you can sprinkle the inside with a 1/4 cup baking soda for each boot. Leave the baking soda overnight, then vacuum it out in the morning. If there are any remnants, simply wipe it with a damp soft cloth.


By following these steps, you’ll be able to keep your rubber boots looking as good as new. Or if you want to skip the trouble, just use a local shoe cleaning service. With regular cleaning and maintenance, you can ensure that your Hunter Boots last for many seasons to come!

Happy Cleaning! 😊

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