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How to Clean and Maintain Kids’ Winter Boots: A Simple Guide

Winter is a magical season filled with snowflakes, snowball fights, and snow angels. And what better way to embrace the wonders of winter than with a trusty pair of winter boots for your little ones? But as kids dive headfirst into snowy adventures, their boots often bear the brunt of the fun. That’s why we’re here to share a simple guide on cleaning and maintaining kids’ winter boots, so they can keep frolicking in the snow while looking stylish and cozy. We’ve got you covered, from tackling stubborn stains to preserving their durability.

Let’s dive into this snowy journey of boot care!

Preparing for Winter

Before the snowflakes start falling, you must ensure your child’s winter boots are ready for the season. Here are a few steps to prepare them:

  • Finding the Right Boots: Choose the right winter boots for your child. Look for waterproof, insulated boots and sturdy soles to withstand cold and wet conditions.
  • Applying Waterproofing Spray: To add an extra layer of protection, spray a waterproofing solution on the boots. It will keep the kid’s feet fry while keeping moisture away from the feet.

Cleaning Winter Boots

When winter adventures leave their mark on your child’s boots, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and give them a good cleaning. Follow these steps to keep the boots looking their best:

  • Removing Excess Dirt and Debris:Before cleaning, gently brush off any loose dirt or debris from the boots using a soft brush or cloth.
  • Hand Washing the Boots: Hand washing is the safest method for most winter boots. Fill a basin with warm water and mild detergent. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the soapy water and gently scrub the boots, paying attention to stained or soiled areas. Rinse with clean water and let them air dry.
  • Machine Washing (if applicable):
  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if the boots are machine washable.
  • If they are, use a gentle cycle and cold water.
  • Place the boots in a pillowcase or a mesh laundry bag to protect them during the wash.
  • Drying the Boots: Avoid using direct heat sources like radiators or hairdryers, as they can damage the boots. Instead, stuff the boots with crumpled newspaper or use boot shapers to help them retain their shape. Allow them to air dry in a well-ventilated area.

Removing Stubborn Stains

Winter adventures can leave behind some stubborn stains on your kids’ boots. Here’s how to tackle them:

  • Salt Stains: Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar, then dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution. Gently blot the salt-stained areas, wipe with a damp cloth, and let the boots air dry.
  • Mud and Dirt: Allow the mud to dry completely, then use a soft brush or toothbrush to remove as much of it as possible gently. Next, mix a small amount of mild detergent with warm water and use a cloth or sponge to clean the remaining dirt. Rinse with clean water and let the boots air dry.

Dealing with Wet Boots

Wet boots can be a common occurrence during winter. Here’s how to handle them:

  • Drying the Boots: Remove any excess snow or water from the boots after a snowy adventure. Please place them in a well-ventilated area or near a fan, but avoid direct heat sources. Allow the boots to dry naturally, and make sure they are completely dry before wearing them again.
  • Preventing Odors: To prevent unpleasant odors, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda inside the boots and let them sit overnight. Shake out the baking soda the next day; the boots will be fresh and odor-free.

Reviving Leather Boots

If your kids’ winter boots are made of leather, they require special care. Follow these steps:

  • Cleaning Leather Boots:
  • Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris from the boots.
  • For tougher stains, use a leather cleaner following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Wipe off the cleaner with a clean cloth and allow the boots to air dry.
  • Conditioning Leather Boots:
  • Apply a leather conditioner or cream to keep the leather soft and supple.
  • Gently massage the conditioner onto the boots using a clean cloth.
  • Let the conditioner absorb into the leather, and then buff the boots with a soft cloth for a polished finish.

Seasonal Storage Tips

When winter comes to an end, it’s important to store the Becker Shoes’s Kids Winter boots properly to maintain their quality for the next season. Follow these storage tips:

  • Clean and Dry: Before storing the boots, ensure they are clean and completely dry to prevent mould or mildew growth. Follow the cleaning steps mentioned earlier in the guide.
  • Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Find a cool, dry area to store the boots, away from direct sunlight. Avoid storing them in plastic bags, as this can trap moisture. Instead, use breathable fabric or paper bags to allow air circulation.

Maintaining Winter Boots

Proper maintenance will help extend the life of your child’s winter boots. Here are some tips to ensure they stay in excellent condition:

  • Regular Inspections:
  • Check the boots periodically for any signs of wear and tear.
  • Look for loose stitching, damaged zippers, or worn-out soles.
  • Address these issues promptly to prevent further damage.
  • Storing the Boots: During the off-season, store the boots in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Stuff them with paper or use boot inserts to maintain their shape. This will help prevent cracks and creases.
  • Tackling Odors: Winter adventures can sometimes leave behind unpleasant odors in boots. To freshen them up, sprinkle baking soda inside the boots and let them sit overnight. Shake out the baking soda the next day, and the odors should be gone.
  • Fun Boot Accessories: Make boot maintenance exciting for your kids by involving them in the process. Let them decorate their boots with colorful laces, fun charms, or personalized name tags. This will add a touch of creativity and make wearing winter boots a delightful experience.


With this simple guide, you now have the tools to ensure your kids’ winter boots stay in top-notch condition all season long. Remember, maintaining clean and well-maintained boots keeps them looking great and extends their lifespan, saving you from frequent replacements. So, embrace the winter wonderland with confidence, knowing that your little ones’ boots are clean, cozy, and ready for all the snow-filled adventures.

Happy winter boot cleaning!