Basic safety boot and shoe care guidelines
Whilst your ProFit safety boots are tough and are built to take a beating whilst your are hard at work there are a few basic things that need to be taken into consideration, there are also a few basic steps you can take to make sure those boots last longer and remain impervious to your busy day on site.
How Do I Look After My Safety Boots & Safety Shoes?
- Polish your boots regularly, with a commercial available footwear product (like Kiwi or Nugget), including on the day of purchase – before first wear. Do not use synthetic squeegee type bottles with a sponge end.
- Clean your shoes regularly (use the spun bonded cloth inside the box) to remove excess dirt and grime on the upper.
- Remove excess mud, dust or dirt with a brush from the sole.
- Remove any upper marks using a damp cloth or light soapy solution if necessary.
- Never force dry the footwear (near a fire, heater or with a hair dryer) if it becomes wet, as a direct heat source may distort the upper and cause the leather to crack. (Crumple newspaper into balls and jam them into the shoe/boot to absorb water overnight)
- Never leave the bio-degradable PU soles in an unventilated or dark environment for long periods (over 24 months) in order to avoid hydrolysis.
- Always undo the laces of the boot before removing. Do not try and turn it into a slip on. Constant standing on, and pressure applied to the back of the boot may cause the upper to loosen from the sole.
- Allow the boot to dry “internally” overnight – open the tongue as far forward as possible and remove the top-sock/insole. (Your feet sweat 200ml per day).
- Never throw “foot powder” into the boot. Foot powder is for the foot and not the boot! Powder inside the boot can become a paste (when mixed with sweat) and will trap air flow, reducing the breathability of the leather – thereby increasing the temperature inside the boot.
- Where possible try to avoid deliberately scuffing the upper leather, treading on sharp edges that can cut the sole and walking/working in excess water for long periods of time. All of these can start to degrade the overall material of the shoe and cause long last irreparable damage.
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