How to Maintain Your Sheepskin Boots – And Why

August 28th, 2014 admin

Sheepskin is an excellent, natural material for making footwear, thanks to its unsurpassed insulation properties, comfort and durability. Its added durability – with the right care – makes it a sensible investment too.

Occasionally, customers think it might be too vulnerable to the effects of rain, dirt and dust, but in fact it’s very easy to care for your sheepskin boots and keep them looking good all year round – in fact, the genuine article (not synthetic sheepskin) will keep your feet warm in winter and make sure they do not overheat in summer.
Because it’s 100% natural, it enables your feet to breathe and stay comfortable – footwear made from quality sheepskin is fashionable, whatever the weather; so, when you are shopping for boots, make sure you check what they are made from, so you don’t accidentally buy a manmade imitation.

Ensure you apply a suede protector to the exterior of your boots (following the manufacturer’s instructions). If your boots get wet in bad weather, you should let them dry naturally – putting them on a radiator or in a tumble dryer will spoil them.

Once your boots have dried out, you can use a soft brush to buff the nap (the raised, slightly shaggy texture of fabric) back into good condition and use a cloth treated with lanolin (natural wool grease) to gently remove dust.
To keep the shaggy sheepskin side looking good and performing well, gently wipe with a damp cloth or mild detergent and remove moisture with a dry cloth. A special brush can again be used to renew its appearance.

Absolutely forbidden is the use of biological washing powder, fabric softener, bleach or hot water, which could all damage your sheepskin boots. In addition, keep them in a ventilated box or on a rack where they can breathe.
Draper of Glastonbury, a family-run business, has been making sheepskin slippers, sheepskin boots and other footwear for 75 years.

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