Taking care of your Le Chameau boots
7th July 2020 by Team Le Chameau
Since 1927, we have prided ourselves on creating high quality, innovative and the best fitting wellington boots that last for years to come. And with the right care, our wellies have been known to last decades.
Le Chameau boots are made from our signature Chamolux rubber which is naturally hard-wearing and durable, there are many things that can be done to prolong the life of a wellington boot and to keep your boots looking smart and tidy all year round.
How to clean wellington boots
First, take any excess mud off the boot with a brush making sure to remove any stones or dirt from the zip (if your boots have a zip). Then wipe the boot all over with your care sponge, taking care to polish out any stains that have built up over time. Be sure to get beneath the buckles.
Then, using your rubber spray, give the boot a good spray all over to lubricate it. Hold the can from around 30cm away and don't be afraid to use a generous amount.
Using a cloth, buff the spray into the rubber to bring back the lovely Le Chameau glow and shine to the boot.
Georgie Fenn gives us a demonstration:
How to store wellington boots
To prevent cracking and the weakening of your rubber wellies, make sure to keep them in a cool, dry area such as a porch or garage. If you are lacking the space, you can store them away in one of our welly bags somewhere safe like your car or garden shed.
To keep your wellington the right shape and to avoid them from folding over between wears, fill them with something bulky such as old tea towels or scrunched up newspaper.
If your boot of choice is a Chasseur, avoid storing them with the zip open or caked in mud. And as for all of our boots, store them the right way up rather than upside down.
How to dry out wellies
The short answer is to just let them dry naturally.
Avoid direct sunlight as this can cause the boot’s colour to fade over time. Also, resist the temptation of using a radiator, hair dryer or aga to remove any water quickly, as this will weaken the rubber and cause cracks.
Consider stuffing your boots with newspaper to soak up any excess liquid and avoid saturation.
How to remove wellington boots without causing damage
To prevent damage to the heel of your boots, be sure to remove each shoe with our aluminium boot jack. Avoid using your other foot or a step as these will gradually weaken the rubber over time, causing cracks and splits in the material.
Using a boot remover will prevent excessive stress wear to the boot heel and will also place less stress on your back.
How to up-cycle your wellies
When your Le Chameau boots eventually reach the end of their wearable days, there’s still plenty of uses for them.
For example, why not turn your old boots into plant pots? It’s a quick, simple and fun way for you to breathe a new lease of life into your old boots. That way, you gain room to treat yourself to a new pair, and your garden gains an interesting statement piece!
Boot Care Kit
Aluminium Boot Jack