Always impregnate your boots before using them for the first time!
When you buy a Treksta product in leather you have invested in a good product. In order for it to meet your requirements and withstand tough use, you need to care for them. Maintaining your boots and take care of them properly is important, both to extend the life span and to make them work best. Below are tips on how to succeed!
Never dry your boots in a drying cabinet or next to a heating element. The maximum temperature you should expose to when drying is 40 C, otherwise you risk cracking in the leather. It is best if you dry them at room temperature, but if you choose to use some kind of electrical aid to dry them, it should stay below the previously set temperature. All drying becomes more efficient if you first remove the insoles. If you dry them at room temperature, you may want to stuff them with loosely packed newspaper to help absorb moisture. Also be careful to dry them in front of an open fire as it easily gets too hot, which can ruin the sizing and dry out the leather.
You should always clean the boots before handling them. Begin by removing the shoelaces, insoles and any stones and anything else in the soles. Then brush off the entire boot with lukewarm water and a semi-soft brush. Inside, it may also need brushing and rinsing to get rid of salt crystals and bad odor. If your boots are of leather or oiled leather, wipe the dirt with a damp cloth. For nubuck and suede we recommend using a soft rubber brush, with which you gently rub away stains.
At regular intervals, the leather needs to be moisturized and re-impregnated, how often depends on how often you use the boots. If you do not moisturize them, you will have problems with so-called dry rot, a condition where the leather is so low in fat that the fibers begin to break off. If things have gone this far, there is nothing you can do to save your boots. Instead, put your boots in from the beginning and you won't have to invest in a few new ones early. Impregnation prevents water and dirt from getting stuck in the material. Leather boots are treated with wax or grease. However, do not confuse wax with grease as they have different functions. The wax settles on the surface to form a protective layer while grease penetrates the depth of the leather and both saturates and softens it. Boots with GoreTex membrane must also be treated as the membrane is on the inside of the leather and the respiratory function deteriorates if the skin gets wet through it.
Wax is best applied with your fingers by rubbing it with circular motions so that the heat from your fingers softens the wax. Always apply a sufficiently thick layer of wax, leaving no yellow residue on your shoe when you are done. If you use liquid wax, it is best applied with sponge or cloth. Always be extra careful when sewing, in joints against rubber foot or sole. Don't forget the plush either! Also make sure to lubricate the hooks on the shoe as the wax protects against rust. All types of leather become darker during treatment but this is perfectly normal.