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  • Tall boot care?

    I'll admit I'm not the most dedicated tack cleaner My boots do get cleaned with Vogel's after each show but they're looking a little drab these days. How do take care of your tall boots?

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    mm Dont know about others but I married a military guy... He cleans and spit polishes them when I ask him to..
    Friend of bar .ka

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    • #3
      I have Ariats and every so often, I use a black boot polish to clean them up. I put a little bit of water in the polish tin, take a rag and rub it around until I get enough polish, and then work it into a small area of my boot. A trick my stepdad taught me(he used to be in the Air Force and is the master of boot shining! lol) was to keep adding a little bit of water on my rag when I rub the polish on my boot. When the whole boot is covered in the polish, I take a cotton rag(usually an old soft t-shirt) and shine the boots(grab opposite ends of the t-shirt to create tension, and rub the boot quickly back and forth). After this process, my boots look brand new!

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        You don't put the polish on the inside of the boot right?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
          You don't put the polish on the inside of the boot right?
          I do, but a lot of my friends don't. It really doesn't make a difference to me(but I don't polish the inside as much and as hard as the other parts) but they complain that the boot is way too slippery if they polish the inside. I'm a clean freak when it comes to tack and boots anyways!

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          • #6
            the cobbler I take my boots to get repaired says this:

            Never use saddle soap or conditioner.
            ONLY use boot polish (either creme of wax)

            Then the boots build up a nice layer of wax(which breathes) and they get pretty darn waterproof.

            Just use a damp towel to get mud/dirt/ sweat off before you polish

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            • #7
              Ditto the boot polish only. For 20 years I used Kiwi brand black shoe polish and my old boots looked new forever.

              Then I purchased some Ariat Crowns and with the boots they recomended and gave a sample of Leather CPR... I used this product and the boots never shined or were very water proof. Went back to my old ways of using Kiwi shoe polish and a soft polishing cloth.
              (much better)
              Live in the sunshine.
              Swim in the sea.
              Drink the wild air.

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              • #8
                Put boot trees in them any time they're not on your feet.
                Wipe them down with a barely damp cloth to clean.
                Polish them any time they need it. Use a boot brush to shine them up once the polish is on. I haven't used it, but loads of people love this:
                http://www.bitofbritain.com/URAD_p/0499.htm

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