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How to Clean Nylon Boots

Snow boots are great - no matter what the weather, they look great, they keep us snug, and they stop us from slipping over!

However one unfortunate side effect of being so good in all weather is that they tend to bear the brunt of it in terms of muck and dirt. That’s exactly what happened to one Cloggs fan, whose DKNY Verna ivory nylon snow boots are not looking as quite as shiny as they originally did.

So here we are, with our basic guide on restoring the sheen to any pair of nylon winter boots.

  1. As with any style of footwear, first ensure that they are free from any big clumps of mud.
  2. Combine some lukewarm water with a small amount of mild regular or laundry soap - avoid any kinds which contain a dye or artificial scent.
  3. Stir together until the water begins to sud.
  4. Dampen the cloth and gently wipe the material, focusing on areas that are particularly marked.
  5. After cleaning thoroughly, allow the boots to dry naturally, out of direct sunlight and other artificial heat sources.
  6. If any stains or marks are proving particularly stubborn, you can repeat the process with a stronger concentration of soap - although bear in mind that the more soap is used, the greater the risk of damaging or discolouring the nylon may be.
  7. A small amount of bleach, mixed with water, can also be used on marks that just won’t budge - although the same advice from the last point applies here too.

If your boots are, like our friend’s above, white, then there is always a chance that they will gradually yellow over time. If you find this happening to your boots, and don’t want to run the risk of using bleach, here’s a great method of revitalising them:

  1. Put some undiluted lemon juice into a spray bottle.
  2. Apply it liberally to the affected area(s).
  3. Place the shoes in sunlight, and check them regularly.
  4. As soon as the discolouration has gone, remove them from the sunlight.
  5. Allow to dry completely, away from additional sources of heat.

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