Cleaning and Care of Your Wellies
A few simple steps to help prolong the life of your rubber wellies.
- Wipe/sponge your wellies and allow them to dry naturally after use. Only use lukewarm, soapy water. Never use solvents.
- There are a number of cleaning and conditioning sprays/creams available for maintaining your wellies, and if you apply these regularly you will prolong the ‘like new’ look of the boots as well as preserving their flexibility and colour.
- If your boots have zippers the teeth should be kept clean and free of dirt.
- Store in a cool, dry, dark place and never store boots whilst damp.
- Avoid storage near sources of artificial heat or direct sunlight.
- Do not store folded or creased.
White marks have appeared on my wellies...
In hot or humid weather, white marks/film may appear on natural rubber boots. This is not a defect but a release of a protective wax known as ‘blooming’.
Small amounts of natural wax are included in the rubber compound during the vulcanisation process that is used to make natural rubber wellingtons. When exposed to certain environmental factors, this wax can ‘bloom’ to the surface and appear as white or blue marks.
This is not a defect with the boots, and is completely natural. If this does happen, you can wipe this blooming clean with a warm, dry, soft cloth. We recommend using one of the rubber cleaning products provided by a number of leading wellington boot manufacturers as the most effective method of removing such marks – this will bring up the ‘like new’ finish of your boots and at the same time help to preserve their flexibility and colour.