Dubarry have earned their reputation of making high-quality boots that are made to last, using the finest quality leather to ensure high performance and protection. The boots are created using the full cowhide, with all its beautiful, characterful and naturally occurring imperfections, and the leathers are scientifically treated to absorb less moisture and require 70% less drying time compared to other leather types.
Although Dubarry boots are capable of keeping your feet warm and dry whilst you traipse through mud and squelch over boggy ground, you must remember that these boots are not a wellington boot. Admittedly they do rival the wellington boot, as they are capable of withstanding the abuse of day to day country living, but unlike the wellington boot they require some extra TLC. All leather requires care, and with a little time and the right product treatments, your Dubarry footwear will stay supple and waterproof, no matter what you get up to…
Dubarry leather is very durable but yard manure, waste liquids and salt water can be very corrosive to leather. In order to prolong the performance and protection of your Dubarry boots, after exposure to these you will need to scrub them with a soft brush and rinse with fresh tap water. Please see the infographic below on how to correctly clean and care for your Dubarry boots.
How to clean your Dubarry boot leather
The first step in cleaning your Dubarry boots is to remove all of the heavy mud and dirt, which initially should be removed with tap water and a soft brush. If your boots have come in contact with yard manure, waste liquid or salt water, they need to be thoroughly rinsed off immediately with fresh tap water. Once the boots have been rinsed, you will need to apply the Dubarry Footwear Cleaner, scrub the boots with a soft brush and finally rinse with fresh water. The Footwear Cleaner, which has been developed using skin care technology, contains a light beaded material that aids in the removal of dirt and other residues and leaves the footwear in prime condition ready for the conditioning treatment.
Once you have thoroughly rinsed your boots you will need to allow your boots to dry naturally, ideally for a minimum of 48 hours,before any further treatment. Never dry your Dubarry boots using artificial heat or in close proximity to an open fire as this can dry out the leather too quickly, causing it to split and crack.
How to condition your Dubarry Boot leather
Once your Dubarry boots are dry, you will need to apply the Dubarry Conditioner, a water-based fluorochemical, that will condition the leather and bring it back to life. The conditioner will also offer increased water repellency and high levels of oil and stain resistance. The Dubarry Conditioner is of particular benefit to smooth leathers.
How to protect your Dubarry boot leather
The final step to your Dubarry boot cleaning regime is to apply the Dubarry Protector spray, the world’s first water-based fluorochemical spray for footwear. The protector spray adds an extra layer of water repellency and offers a high resistance to oil and stains, perfect if your boots tend to get a lot of wear on a farm environment. The protector spray is extremely durable and should be used on all types of nubuck and suede leather. A great product to protect anything from your Dubarry boots through to your best suede designer heels!
Just like human skin, repeated wetting and drying can cause the leather to crack and so, therefore natural leathers require regular moisturising. Dubarry’s exceptional Leather Cream moisturises and protects smooth leather perfectly. The cream contains natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, emu oil, beeswax and lanolin to help protect, preserve and soften the leather while boosting the water repellency. We strongly advise the use of Dubarry Leather Cream on the flex part of the foot as this can show signs of wear if left untreated. Dubarry Leather Cream is to be used on smooth leather ONLY.
How to store your Dubarry Boots
When it comes to storing your Dubarry boots, you should follow these guidelines to ensure that your Dubarrys will still look great for years to come.
1. Boots should be thoroughly cleaned, dried and treated before storing for a prolonged period of time
2. Try to use Dubarry boot trees when your boots are off your feet, as boot trees help to keep your boots shape
3. The storage environment for your boots should be cool, dry and of a consistent temperature
4. Avoid storing your boots in direct sunlight, or other extreme conditions, as such environments can significantly impact the look of leather.