How to Dry Boots?
Your boots are meant to protect your feet from different weather elements. It may rain and snow but you know that your boots will keep your feet dry. Once you are done with hiking or any of your other activities, you have to dry your boots otherwise, you will be shortening the amount of time that you can use them.
A lot of people have complained to different companies and manufacturers in the past that their boots have broken down just after a few months but if you would truly analyze why boots break down, it is not because of the way the companies made the boots. Rather, it is because of how the boots were maintained. Poor maintenance will make boots break down easily.
How NOT to Dry Boots?
You may have some “brilliant” ideas about how you are going to dry your boots but remember it does not mean that just because they have dried after you have done methods mean that they are well maintained. Here are some of the drying methods that you should avoid:
1. Placing Your Boots in Direct Heat Sources
If you are camping, you might think that it is a good idea to place your boots so near your campfire. When you do this, you can expect that your boots, especially if they are made out of leather, will dry easily. At the same time, you will be exposing your leather to harsh heat which can make them break down faster than other boots.
2. Using A Blow Dryer to Dry Your Boots
This is again another idea that you may have about drying your boots. You want it to dry at the soonest possible time so you want to use your blow dryer for it. It might seem like a good idea in the beginning until you begin to see that your boots are crackling with some parts of the leather chipping off because the direct heat has caused your boots harm. Avoid doing this so you will lengthen the amount of time that you can use your boots.
How to Dry Your Boots
At this point, you may be wondering how you can correctly dry your boots when all the drying methods that you thought were okay are not recommended at all? There is one good option and that is to let your boots air dry.
You need to be patient because it may take time depending on how wet your boots are. If in case your boots are filled with dirt or mud, you may want to clean them first before they become permanent on your boots. You can do some things in order to make the drying process more effective:
- Place them in the right area where you know they can air dry naturally.
- Remove the insoles so that you can also dry the up. If they are dry, then yo can store them first to let your boots dry better before you place them back.
- Put some old newspapers inside the boots so that the water will be absorbed faster. At the same time, this will help maintain the shape of your boots. You would not want to wear lopsided boots, right?
- You need to replace the newspapers every few hours depending on how wet your boots are. If they are extremely wet, you may need to change the newspaper every hour.
- Once you are satisfied with how dry your boots are, you can leave them to dry further for 24 hours.
If in case you do not have an area at home wherein you can place your boots so that they can dry appropriately, you can make use of your room fan to supply the air that you need. This might be a bit of a waste with your electricity though but it can help if you want your boots to dry faster.
The process that you can dry your boots is different from how you would dry other shoes. For example, if you want to dry your rubber shoes you can put it in a dryer but you cannot do the same to your boots. You do not want to risk ruining your boots just because you want it to dry as fast as possible.