The Dubarry Boot Leather Care Guide
Built to last
Dubarry footwear is made to last, with the finest quality leather used to make exceptional Country, Sailing and Chelsea boots. The company’s footwear range is designed to be low maintenance, but as with most leather products they do need some care and attention every now and again.
By looking after your Dubarry boots, you’ll extend their life and keep them looking their best for longer.
Follow this easy-to-follow 7-step guide and your Dubarry boots will stay supple and look great for years to come.
STEP 1: Use clean, cold water to remove dirt, mud, manure, water etc. Use a brush to remove more stubborn grime.
STEP 2: Apply Dubarry Footwear Cleaner to the whole of the boot and scrub with a brush to remove any ingrained dirt. Scrub vigorously to work up a good lather
STEP 3: Rinse the excess cleaner and lather from the boots using clean cold water
STEP 4: Dry naturally for 24 hours before moving on to the next stage of the cleaning and treatment process. Never use artificial heat or leave in front of an open fire of range.
STEP 5: This next step is best done outside if possible. Spray Dubarry Footwear Protector all over your boots paying special attention to any nubuck leather or suede areas. Apply several layers, allowing each layer to be totally absorbed into the boot before adding the next layer.
STEP 6: Once again, leave your boots to dry naturally. This time for just 2-3 hours.
STEP 7: Finally, apply Dubarry Leather Cream sparingly to just the smooth leather areas of the boots. Rub in gently with a clean soft cloth or brush and make sure you pay special attention to the flex areas that bend and fold as you walk.
Due to the corrosive nature of saltwater, manure and other waste liquids, always rinse with clean cold water and scrub with a clean brush. This will help to prolong the life and performance of your Dubarry boots.
Repeated wetting and drying can, over time, cause leather boots and shoes to crack. As with our own skin, moisturising is essential to keep us hydrated. The same is true with the leather sections of the boots. In order to keep them in tip-top condition, keep them moisturised.
According to Dubarry, its most important care product is its leather cream. Containing tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, emu oil, beeswax and lanolin, Dubarry Leather Cream will protect, preserve and soften the leather on your boots, while also helping to enhance the water repellent properties.
Dubarry Leather Colour Restorer
After years of use, and looking after your Dubarry boots in the correct way, you may notice that, like all ageing leather shoes and boots, the colour may have started to fade slightly. To bring your Dubarrys back to life, apply a Leather Colour Restorer specially developed by Dubarry to match their boots perfectly.
Available in three colours – Black, Mid Browns and Dark Browns – the cream is for restoring only the smooth leather on your Sailing, Country or Chelsea Dubarry boots, not the suede or nubuck. Although it can be used on leather sole and heel edges to bring your much-loved boots back to their former glory.
How to apply Dubarry Leather Colour Restorer
- Make sure your footwear is clean and dry
- Apply a small amount of the appropriate coloured cream with a clean soft cloth or brush to the leather parts only
- Rub gently into the leather and wipe off the excess with a clean cloth
- Allow to dry for 2-3 hours
- A gentle buff with a soft clean cloth with help bring out the colour further
Choosing the correct colour is essential for the perfect finish. For Black, Dark Navy or Carbon boots use Black restorer. For Dubarry’s Brown, Chestnut, Bourbon, Whiskey or Tan then the Mid Browns cream is ideal and the Dark Browns Leather Colour Restorer is the perfect choice for Mahogany, Old Rum and Donkey Brown colours.
Dubarry’s advice is to experiment on a small hidden patch first to ensure you have the correct colour for your boots.