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Caring for your rubber boots

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.

This guide will teach you how to take care of your Le Chameau rubber boots, how to store them, and things you should avoid. Along the way, we will provide you with help and advice, best practices, and tips so that you get the most out of your rubber wellies.

What are Le Chameau Wellington Boots Made From?

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.

Your Le Chameau wellies deserve to be looked after properly to ensure the continuous comfort, support, and resilience of your boots year after year. Follow our easy boot care instructions to keep them in great condition.

How to Clean & Care for Your Wellington Boots

Continuous Boot care is important to prolong the lifespan of your rubber wellies. First, take any excess mud off the rubber boot with a brush making sure to remove any stones or dirt from the zip (if your boots have a zip). Then wipe the Wellington 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 rubber boot.

However, try not to leave your shoes muddy after wearing them. For those days when your boots get caked in mud, hose them down with water and use a brush to remove any mud or stones that become trapped in the zip or soles.

 

Georgie gives us a demonstration:

 

How to Store Wellington Boots & Prevent Them from Cracking

Rubber is known for cracking over time. Whilst the properties of rubber make it great for Wellington boots, it is important to care for them correctly to preserve them from cracking. Rubber boots will eventually crack, however, there are plenty of things you can do to care for them to help prolong their lifespan. The most effective ways of preventing rubber cracking are suitable storage and conditioning.

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. Always remember to keep your rubber boots out of direct exposure to UV light.

To condition your Le Chameau rubber Wellington boot, try using our rubber spray after every time you use them. It has been developed to nurture our unique blend of rubber, keeping it flexible and strong.

To keep your rubber 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 welly 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

To dry out rubber Wellington boots, just let them dray naturally. Boot care has never been so simple

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.

Couple sitting in woods in their rubber wellies

How to Remove Wellington Boots Without Causing Damage

To prevent damage to the heel of your rubber 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.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Caring for Your Wellington Boots

When looking after your rubber boots, ensure you avoid these common mistakes to prevent causing premature damage. Remember, the correct boot care is essential to get the most life out of your rubber wellies.

  • Never dry your rubber boots wellies in direct contact with a heat source such as a radiator or a fireplace.
  • Do not use aggressive products, such as detergents to clean your boots rubber wellies.
  • Never store your boots in a damp condition or folded.
  • Avoid leaving the zip undone (if you have one) when wearing the rubber boots, as it will increase the chances of dirt getting into the zip.

How to Up-cycle Your Wellies

When your Le Chameau rubber Wellington boots eventually reach the end of their wearable days, there’s still plenty of uses for them.

For example, why not turn your old Wellington 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 of Le Chameau Wellington boots, and your garden gains an interesting statement piece!

How to Recycle Your Wellies

To recycle your unwanted welly boots, why not donate them to charity. Although you or your children may have outgrown your Wellington boots, they may still have a lot of life left in them. Don’t let them go to waste, somebody else may be able to give them a new home and many more years of use.

Next time you’re thinking about buying a new pair of wellies, take a visit to your local charity shop and find out if they have space to take your old Wellington boots.

Six children playing in a park in their rubber wellies

Our Two-Year Warranty

All our Wellington boots are provided with a two-year warranty from the original date of purchase. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your proof of purchase, which will be needed to validate a claim within the two-year period. Find out more.

Discover Our Boot Care Range

To truly nurture and take excellent care of your Le Chameau boots, discover our professionally developed care range, offering everything you need for your Le Chameau products.

If we haven’t quite answered all of your questions, for further reading take a kook at our Rubber Boot Care Guide here.

If you still have any further questions on how to care and clean for your rubber Wellington boots, contact our customer service team. We’re always happy to answer your Wellington boot questions.

Boot Care Kit

Boot Care Kit
£ 25.00
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Care Sponge

Care Sponge
£ 6.00

Rubber Spray

Rubber Spray
£ 10.00

Aluminium Boot Jack

Aluminium Boot Jack
£ 25.00
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