To keep Safety rubber boots flexible and looking their best rinse away any wet debris or mud after each wearing with plain water.
If the mud has dried, use a medium bristle brush to brush it away. Pay particular attention to the treads on the soles. You may need to use a smaller brush, like an old toothbrush to remove the mud from the treads. When the boot is completely clean, simply wipe down with an old cloth dipped in warm water.
To remove heavier soil or winter salts, mix one teaspoon of dish detergent in two cups of warm water. Dip a cloth in the solution and clean the boots from the top to the bottom. Finally, rinse by wiping down the boots with plain water and a clean cloth.
Allow the boots to air dry naturally away from direct heat sources like heaters or full sunlight.
Don't Forget the Inside of Rubber Boots
The insides of rubber boots need even more attention than the outside. Most boots have a lining or inner sole that can become soiled and smelly. If not cleaned, the inside of the boots can actually become a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria and Athlete's foot fungus.
To clean the inside, mix a solution of one teaspoon liquid heavy-duty laundry detergent that contains enough enzymes to break apart soil (Tide and Persil are considered heavy-duty) and two cups warm water. Soak a clean cloth in the solution and wipe down the entire interior of the boot. Next, dip a second clean cloth in plain warm water and rinse away the detergent solution.
As an added precaution to prevent the growth of bacteria, mix a 50/50 percent solution of distilled white vinegar and water. Place the vinegar mixture in a spray bottle and lightly mist the inside of the boots. Allow the boots to air dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
If you have been wearing the boots in contaminated floodwaters, the inside should be disinfected with a solution of pine oil or phenolic (Lysol) disinfectant and clean water. Mix according to directions and scrub inside and out with a soft-bristled brush. Allow the boots to air dry.
mixing the solution to clean the inside of the boots
Extended use of chlorine bleach can damage rubber boots.
To freshen smelly boots, sprinkle the inside with about 1/4 cup baking soda for each boot. (The interior of the boots should be dry.) Allow the baking soda to stay overnight or longer. Empty before wearing.
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