Work boots and/or safety shoes are essential personal protective equipment used in the workplace to mitigate personal safety hazards. While they are there to protect our feet, they also require regular maintenance to keep them safe and healthy. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to avoid compromising its performance and protection. Read on to learn the best way to clean work boots and safety shoes based on the materials you use.

Leather safety shoes

Leather is one of the most commonly used materials for the exterior of safety shoes. Some of the reasons it is so commonly used are its ability to resist wear and tear, as well as the flexibility of movement it provides. The leather is also breathable and moisture-wicking to help keep feet dry and comfortable throughout the day.

To care for leather, first make sure your shoes are dry. Then use a shoe brush to remove any salt or dirt. Use a cleaner suitable for leather, then wipe the leather with a soft, clean cloth. Wipe until dirt and stubborn stains are removed. Next, dab the shoes with a clean dry cloth and let them air dry. Use mink oil, an oil that has similar properties to petroleum jelly, to help keep the leather shiny. Finally, apply a protective waterproofing spray to prevent stains from rain and snow and help the shoes stay waterproof.

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Synthetic workwear

Synthetic materials are also used in the production of safety shoes, made from man-made rather than natural materials. Synthetics can be treated to resist stains, wrinkle, improve water resistance and more, but how should they be cleaned?

Before cleaning the material with mild soap and cold water, we recommend removing excess dirt with a stiff brush or soft cloth. After cleaning, allow to dry as heat affects the structure of the material.

Suede safety shoes

Suede is a type of leather with a napped effect. It is softer and less durable than regular leather. While it does fall into the leather category, it does require extra maintenance.

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First, use a shoe brush made for suede shoes to brush off any form of dirt or salt. Then, apply sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda) to the stubborn stain and let it absorb overnight. Clean the shoes with a cloth and remove the baking soda. Finally, protect your shoes with a waterproofing spray, as it will help them stay weather-resistant.

Eraser  safety shoes

Rubber is another material commonly used in safety shoe construction. Rubber is an excellent insulator, provides electrical resistance, and has many shock-absorbing properties. While it’s durable, it’s not breathable and can restrict movement, causing discomfort. However, the rubber is waterproof, allowing those working in wet conditions to stay dry throughout the day. It’s also relatively easy to clean.

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To clean galoshes, use pressurized water and baking soda to remove stubborn dirt. The pressure from the water will help loosen the dirt, while the baking soda will remove any stains. Be careful not to get any water into the shoe as it could damage the inside. Then use a brush to remove dirt from the soles and sides of the shoe. The rubber is strong enough to withstand harsh scrubbing. You can then buff away the scratches with olive oil. Finally, let your shoes air dry overnight.

How to clean inner ?

It is not easy to clean inner .

So let us process it!

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1.) First remove the laces from the boot

2.) Next, remove the insole and store it separately

3.) Prepare a bucket of warm water and mix a mild detergent in it

4.) Put the laces and insoles in and rub them with your hands

5.) Transfer them to a bucket of clean water and remove

6.) Dry in the sun

7.) Now make a soapy water solution with a mild shampoo

8.) Take a lint-free cloth and dip it in the soapy water solution

9.) Use a cloth to wipe dirt off the inside of the boot. Don’t forget to clean the back of your tongue

10.) Now take another cloth and soak it in clean water

11.) Clean the inside of the boot with a clean cloth to remove any soap residue

12.) Don’t forget to slope the upper in the same way

13.) Turn the tongue back and place the boot under the fan. This will dry the inside of the boot quickly and thoroughly

How to clean steel toe safety shoes ?

I know washing steel toe boots in the washing machine seems a lot easier than all other methods.

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So let’s understand the proper steps to wash steel toe boots in the washing machine:

1.) First read the boot’s care label instructions:

On each pair of boots, you’ll see care label instructions that mention whether the boot’s material is machine washable or not.

If the label says no, wash your boots in any of the other ways above. But if it says machine washable on the label, continue with the steps below.

2.) Prepare boots for washing machine:

To prepare the boots is to take out the insoles and shoelaces and wash them separately to clean the dirt on the surface of the boots.

To do this, take a clean rag and wipe it over the boots to remove surface dirt. You can also do the same with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

3.) Take necessary precautions:

This step is very important and is critical to both your boots and washing machine to avoid damage to both.

Use a pillowcase or a piece of soft cotton as a bag to put your steel-toed boots in. This will prevent the boots from being scattered inside the machine and hitting the machine walls hard.

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4.) Prepare the machine for washing:

To prepare your washing machine for washing, you need to change the machine’s settings.

5.) Dry Steel Toe Boots:

Remove the wet boot from the machine and turn the boot upside down so that all the water inside the boot is soaked. Now wrap the boots in a dry towel.

This will soak all the water in the boot. Then place the boots under a fan or blow dry the boots.


If you use water to clean your work boots or safety shoes, be careful with the amount of water you use, especially if your boots are made of leather. Repeated soaking of the material with water can cause the leather to dry out and crack. If you do expose your boots or shoes to too much water, simply remove the insoles and stuff them with newspaper. This will help pump out the water quickly and safely.

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