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How to Clean Cowboy Boots: The Ultimate Guide

Are you trying to learn how to clean cowboy boots? If yes, you should check out our helpful guide by clicking right here.
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That pair of cowboy boots that you’ve been dreaming about in the store window is finally yours!

While your new western boots look great now, they’re going to get dirty at some point. Mud, dirt, or beer will cover your boots shortly if you find yourself wearing them to a rodeo.

So, as a respectable western chic, you’re going to need to know how to clean cowboy boots!

Keep reading to learn what you’ll need as well as what the steps are.

How to Clean Cowboy Boots (or Cowgirl Boots)

Now that you have your dream boots, they’re going to inevitably get messy.

So, how can you clean them?

What You Will Need to Clean Your Western Boots

There are a few essential items you need when you decide to clean your western boots. These are…

  • Bucket with water
  • A sponge 
  • Saddle soap
  • A polishing or soft bristle brush
  • Heel dressing and sole edge
  • Plastic spoon

Cleaning Your Western Boots

Now that you have your materials, it’s time to clean your cowgirl boots! Follow these steps for shiny cowboy boots…

1. Remove Any Dirt or Mud

Cowboy boots can get dirty very easily, so before you attempt to polish your western boots you’ll want to clean all the dirt and mud off of them.

Since dirt and mud turns to dust when dry, you can remove it by scraping it with a plastic spoon. With a little bit of pressure, the mud will crack and break off in chunks. If you weren’t able to remove all the dirt and mud this way then a damp sponge will remove the rest.

2. Use the Saddle Soap on the Boot and then Let it Air Dry

To start, get your sponge damp.

Work it into the saddle soap to create a foam-like substance. Once the soap has lathered, start wiping the surface of the shoe. Even wipe the boot with the soap and once the whole boot is covered focus on the messier areas.

If you’re having a difficult time removing the caked-on dirt and mud, let a high concentration of water and saddle soap soak into the spot. Once the dirt and mud has loosened up a bit, wipe it off.

Once you’re done cleaning with the soap, avoid rinsing it. The soap naturally has oils and waxes that are good for the boot. Also, don’t wipe it dry, let the cowboy boot naturally air dry.

3. Add Your Polish to Remove Any Scuffs

How you polish your western boot will depend on the type of material it’s made of.

With smooth leather, you’ll want to choose shoe polish that’s the same color as your boot. You may need to use a couple of applications before the show is done.

4. Sole and Edge Heel Dressing

If you want to take it a step further, use an edge dressing to add more of a shine to your cowgirl boot.

Adding an edge dressing will make the polish work that you just did really pop. This is the secret to the shiny shoes you see in shoe stores.

Don’t Be Afraid to Wear Those Cowgirl Boots

Now that you know how to clean cowgirl boots, don’t be afraid to use them for what they were made for!

For more helpful information on Western apparel, check out our other blog posts by our West Mule Co. stylists.


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