Owning and operating a motorcycle can be exciting, but overwhelming due to the various rules you need to follow for legal, safe riding. Considering boots are an imperative element of your safety gear, investing in a quality pair is essential. Thick rubber soles that offer sufficient tread and a leather exterior to protect your feet and legs from exhaust burns or road rashes are must-haves for your gaerne boots. However, this important footwear may be a high investment. Using this guide on cleaning and protecting leather, you will be able to protect your investment..
If you head out on your motorcycle each week, light dust, dirt, and mud may accumulate on the leather exterior of your boots. To remove this light residue, use a clean microfiber cloth.
Move the microfiber cloth over the surface of your boots to remove the light dust and dirt. Shake the dust out of the cloth as you clean. Dampen the cloth lightly under your sink faucet and wring out excess liquid. Use the damp cloth to wipe away areas of heavier residue or mud.
Place the boots on flat surface in room temperature to dry.
Cleaning your boots each week with a microfiber cloth is smart for preventing thick residue. However, your boots may still need a thorough cleaning to protect the exterior from stains or cracking in the leather.
Use a soft-bristled brush to remove stubborn patches of dry dirt and mud. Move the brush lightly against the dried patches of dirt and mud until the debris becomes loose.
After removing this caked-on debris, clean the leather surface using saddle soap. This soap not only cleans, but it also conditions your leather. This conditioning will enhance the overall look of your leather while protecting its durability. While you can easily purchase saddle soap, creating one from ingredients found at home and in your local health or natural food store is a more affordable option. Use the following steps to create your own saddle soap at home:
- Place a pot on your stove and add 4 cups of water
- Bring the water to a rapid boil. Once boiling, set the burner to medium to ensure the water remains hot.
- Grate 1 cup of gentle bar soap directly into the pot of water.
- Grate ½ cup of beeswax directly into the pot.
- Stir the soap and beeswax, ensuring it melts into the water.
- Remove the pot from the heat and allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Add ¼ cup of neatsfoot oil to the pot.
- Stir the ingredients together before pouring into a container.
- Place a lid on the container and store at room temperature.
Dampen a clean microfiber cloth under your sink faucet and wring out any excess liquid. Dip the damp cloth into your homemade saddle soap and begin applying to the leather surface. Apply the soap using circular motions against the leather, creating lather. Use a second, lightly dampened microfiber cloth to wipe away the excess soap.
Once the leather is clean, allow to dry at room temperature inside your home.
If you notice water spots or other stains on your boots, consider using a gentle cleanser to make the leather appear new. Combine the following ingredients in a bowl to remove spots and stains from the leather:
- 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Create a paste by mixing the ingredients. Apply the paste directly to the visible stains on the exterior of your leather boots. Allow the paste to sit for a few minutes before wiping away with a damp microfiber cloth.
Motorcycle boots are an important investment for riding safely, so choosing leather will help this investment stand the test of time. Using these simple solutions, you can clean and protect your leather riding boots.