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How to Clean Doc Martens Step-By-Step

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If you're like me, you wear your Doc Martens all year round, no matter the weather. And although they're built to last, they can get pretty dirty over time. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean your Docs so they look good as new.

1. Remove the laces and set them aside.

Carefully removing the laces allows you to get a better cleaning of the tongue area and also prevents them from getting damaged in the process (cleaning the laces specifically will be dealt with later on).

2. Wipe boots with a damp cloth.

Use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or dust that's accumulated on the surface of your boots. Be sure not to soak the leather as this can damage it. Remove any large chunks of debris and dirt from all the different aspects of the Doc Martens

3. Toothbrush to scrub away hard-to-reach areas.

Use an old toothbrush (or any other type of soft-bristled brush) to scrub away dirt in hard-to-reach places, such as the creases of the leather or around the treads. Although, be careful not to be too rough as you don't want to damage the leather.

4. Wash all over with soap.

Create a sudsy solution using water and mild dish soap. Gently scrub the entirety of your boots, paying close attention to areas that seem extra dirty. Once you're satisfied, rinse the soap off with clean water.

5. Air dry boots.

Do not put your Doc Martens in the tumble dryer or expose them to direct sunlight, as this can cause severe damage to the leather. Instead, stuff them with newspaper and let them air dry in a cool, dark place overnight.

6. Leather conditioner.

Once they're completely dry, apply a small amount of leather conditioner to a soft cloth and rub it into the leather. This will help keep the material supple and prevent cracking. Once you're done, simply buff away any excess with a clean cloth.

And there you have it! Your Doc Martens should now be looking good as new. Be sure to repeat this process every few months to keep them in top condition.

How to Clean Doc Marten's Laces?

If your laces are looking a little worse for wear, don't worry, they can be easily cleaned as well. Just follow these simple steps and they'll be good as new in no time.

1. Soak in warm water.

Fill a bowl with warm water and add a small amount of mild dish soap. Submerge the laces and let them soak for about 15 minutes.

2. Scrub with a brush.

After they've soaked, use an old toothbrush (or any other type of soft-bristled brush) to scrub away any dirt or grime that's accumulated on the surface of the laces.

3. Rinse with clean water.

Once you're satisfied, rinse the laces off with clean water.

4. Air dry.

Hang the laces up to air dry in a cool, dark place overnight.

And that's it - your Doc Marten's laces should now be good as new. Be sure to repeat this process every few months to keep them looking their best.

Why Should You Use a Leather Conditioner?

Leather conditioner helps to keep your Doc Martens looking good as new by preventing the leather from drying out and cracking. In addition, it makes the material more supple and easier to clean in the future.

How Often Should You Condition Your Docs?

It's generally recommended that you condition your Doc Martens every few months, or whenever you notice the leather starting to look dry or cracked. However, if you live in a particularly dry climate or wear your boots often, you may need to condition them more frequently.

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By following these simple steps, you can keep your Doc Martens looking great for years to come. And don't forget to give them a good cleaning every once in a while to prevent dirt and grime build-up.

How to Get Rid of Slight Stains on Your Docs?

If you've got a small stain on your Doc Martens, don't worry - it's easy to get rid of. Just follow these simple steps and the stain will be gone in no time.

1. Soak in warm water.

Fill a bowl with warm water and add a small amount of mild dish soap. Submerge the stained area of the boot and let it soak for about 15 minutes.

2. Scrub with a brush.

After it's soaked, use an old toothbrush (or any other type of soft-bristled brush) to scrub away the stain.

3. Rinse with clean water.

Once you're satisfied, rinse the area off with clean water.

4. Air dry.

Let the boot air dry in a cool, dark place overnight.

And that's it - your Doc Marten should now be stain-free. Be sure to repeat this process every time you notice a stain starting to form.

How to Keep Them Smelling Fresh?

Even with the best care, your Doc Martens are bound to start smelling a little bit after extended wear. Here are a few tips to help keep them smelling fresh:

1. Sprinkle baking soda inside.

Before putting your boots on, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda inside each one. This will help absorb any moisture and odors that may be present.

2. Stuff with newspaper when not in use.

When you're not wearing your Doc Martens, stuff them with newspaper to help absorb any excess moisture and odors. Be sure to replace the newspaper every few days to prevent the build-up of odor-causing bacteria.

3. Place in the freezer overnight.

Bit extreme but if your boots are really starting to smell, place them in a plastic bag and store them in the freezer overnight. This will kill any bacteria that may be causing the odor.

Follow Doc Marten's Cleaning Instructions

Every now and then, it's a good idea to give your Doc Martens a good cleaning according to the manufacturer's instructions. This will help remove any built-up dirt and grime and keep them looking their best.

How do you clean your Docs Let us know in the comments below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ritchie Hughie

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