How to clean Timberland boots

Read on for our super simple guide for how to clean Timberland boots at home and get through the colder months in style.

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How to clean Timberlands: boots left outside

Key steps

  • Remove the laces and wash by hand or in the washing machine.
  • Brush the surface first.
  • Clean with a specialised cleaner following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Brush the soles.
  • Clean with a toothbrush and soapy water.
  • Always air-dry away from heat.
  • Buff the boots.
  • Condition or seal them to finish.
 

Timberland boots are an investment that should last you as long as possible, so it's important to get the cleaning right. From the exterior to the soles and even the laces, we’ll provide you with top tips for the best way to clean Timberlands in our simple guide.

Once you’ve cleaned your Timberlands, it’s time to dry them. Always air-dry them, and never place them near heat like radiators or fires as this could melt the glue.

How to clean Timberland boots: a step-by-step guide to deep-cleaning your Timberlands

With some simple steps and easy-to-follow tips and tricks, we’ll show you how to clean Timberlands quickly and efficiently to keep them looking and feeling their best every time you wear them.

  1. Choose your cleaner. Here are a few top tips:
    • Make sure you have a cleaner and sealant which match the boot fabric.
    • While most traditional Timberlands are made from nubuck, some come in suede, so always check the material and get products to match.
    • Buy cleaning products that match the colour of your boots.
    • If in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask for advice from a staff member who sells Timberlands.
  2. Remove the shoelaces. If they are clean, then you can set them aside to put back into your boots later. However, if you think they could do with a wash:
    • Wash by hand using warm, soapy water.
    • Alternatively pop them into the washing machine.
    • Ensure they have fully dried before putting them back into your boots.
  3. Remove any loose dirt and debris with a soft-bristled brush, taking care not to scratch the surface of your boots.
    • Keep one hand inside the boot to steady it as you work on the exterior. This will allow you to keep it in shape, too!
    • Use your hand to push up any creases or wrinkles as you brush the other side.
  4. Now, it’s time to clean the exterior.
    • Use a specialised cleaner.
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
    • Make sure you work in one direction across the surface of your boot.
    • Be gentle. You don’t need much pressure to get them clean and want to avoid damaging the surface.
    • Rinse the surface by rubbing it down with a clean, damp cloth and fresh, warm water.
  5. Have you noticed a stain? Don’t worry. You can use sandpaper to gently buff out the stain. Make sure it is 400-grit sandpaper, use it very gently, and take care not to overdo it as this could cause damage to the material of your Timberlands.
  6. Use another brush to scrub the bottom of your Timberlands. You want to ensure you remove all the loose dirt and gravel which may have been caught in the soles of your boots.
  7. Next, clean the soles.
    • Use a toothbrush and mild washing-up liquid mixed into warm water.
    • Rub the soles with water first.
    • Scrub the soles with the toothbrush dipped into your soapy water.
    • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  8. To dry your boots:
    • Stuff them with paper, to keep their shape.
    • Leave them to air-dry for at least 24 hours.
  9. Buff your boots once dry to bring them back to their usual look.
  10. Don’t forget to condition them! Use a specialised conditioner or sealant designed for the material of your specific Timberlands. Don’t forget to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label.
  11. Only deep-clean your Timberlands when necessary. For advice on more regular cleans, check out our tips below.

How to clean Timberland boots: quick tips for in-between deep cleans

While it is important to know how to deep clean your Timberlands, it’s equally important to keep them in good condition between cleans. Here are some top tips:

  • Use a soft brush to remove dust, dirt, and debris from the surface of the boot.
  • Any soft-bristled brush will work, but you can buy a specialised kit designed for Timberland boots if you prefer.
  • Noticed a scuff mark? Did you know that a pencil eraser can be used to gently rub it away?
  • Spot-clean your Timberlands regularly, especially if you wear them daily. Give them a quick brush and clean once a week to keep them looking fresh.

With these quick and simple steps, you now have everything you need to help you understand how to clean Timberland suede boots and keep them in the best condition! For other great care advice, check out our article on how to clean nubuck leather.

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