Cleaning the shoes after an hiking, whether daily or multi-day, and storing them in the correct way when they aren’t used allows you to prolong the life of the product and always keep it performing for your next adventures.
Shoes must be cleaned regularly with specific products, whatever the use or conditions in which they are used.
Here you are our tips on how clean and care your shoes:
Boots should be thoroughly aired out and dried after every use, expecially after multi-day treks.
1. Take out the footbeds and open the lacing wide and remove the laces to clean all hidden edges and corners.
2. Wash the laces with water.
3. Allow the footbeds to air.
4. Clean the shoes with warm water and a brush to remove dirt before applying any other product.
5. Remove the excessive water with a dry cloth.
In areas with water with high calcium content we recommend using distilled water for cleaning.
6. Use a specialized cleaning product for the hiking boots: Asolo Cleaner
7. After cleaning your boots, apply a water-proofing impregnation spray while they are still slightly damp. The boots leather pores are wide open while they are damp and that allows the impregnation treatment to penetrate deeply into the leather.
8. Carefully use a hair dryer to blow warm air on the boots will improve the creme’s ability to penetrate the leather’s pores. Anyway, if possible, we suggest to let the boots dry on open-air, without using other tools.
9. When the shoes will be fully dried, put the footbeds back on and the laces as well.
It is suggested to store the boots in a shoe bag or shoe box in a dry, well-ventilated area.
If your boots are still damp inside, you can also stuff them with newspaper to help them soak up moisture and keep their shape.
Do not apply oils, greases or waxes: they turn the leather very soft and make it virtually waterproof, the boot loses stability and strength.
Acids, petrol and manure impact the outsole materials and cements particularly hard. A degradation process can begin that can destroy your ASOLO boots. Try to avoid contact with these substances, and be sure to thoroughly clean your boots if you do come in contact with these substances.
Avoid storing the boots in a hot place, e.g. in the direct sun, near a radiator and never in the trunk of a car.
Never allow boots to dry next to the heater or near an oven. Wet leather burns very easily: this can often result in irreparable fissures in the leather where it creases during walking. Even hooks and rivets can be pulled askew during the process.
Never store your boots in a damp room since the boots could begin to mold.
Never wash leather boots in the washing machine. The mechanics of the wash cycle along with the high temperatures can wash out leather pigments, damage the upper materials, and loosen cementing, which will irreparably destroy the boot.