How to clean timberlands

If you are a person with classic fashion sense who like to wear boots in any weather or a guy who travels into the Himalayas or in a trip deep in Amazon for adventure than you might know the meaning and importance of an outdoor boot or I can say timberland as well. Timberland is an American manufacturer of outdoors wears, with a focus on footwear, which is popular among new generation youth despite being produced for outdoor and working class only.

This particular shoe types made of Nubuck leather type, which is made from cowhide like suede, it is sanded to create a nap. Al-Though it’s made from solid leather, It is very vulnerable to soiling and staining, thus need to know how to clean timberlands and clean and protect with specifically designed tools to care for suede and Nubuck.

No matter, red timberland boots, blue timberlands or pink timberland boots whatever color you use, if you want to keep your Timberland boots tidy and want to lengthen its life, you have to do spot cleaning often and taking care of the leather properly.

Types of Timberland Boots

types of timberland boots

Timberland boots become a classic trend that has been accepted by youths as both fashion statement and work wear necessity. No matter why you wear them, it’s for sure that you’ll eventually have to clean them. This cleaning need purposely built boot-specific cleaning lotions or sprays and particular methods to wash them, because of their difference in material. There actually three original material timberland shoe has been yet produced.

  • Suede
  • Nubuck
  • Canvas

Suede and Nubuck has no difference despite the variation of the leather surface; moreover, the canvas is made from sturdy fabric for better outlook and long-life. Their material may be different but the cleaning method almost similar to each other.

How to Clean and Protect Your Timberland Boots?

how to clean and protect your timberland boots

The timberlands are made of Nubuck leather, so they always need some extra love and care. Here in this part, we will try to demonstrate to you how to clean timberland boots and give them the love they deserve.

Identifying the Reasons Why Your Timberland Gets Dirty

Foe That Make Your Timberland Dirty

There are plenty of products roaming around the market to give your dirty Nubuck, Suede or Canvas a shiny look. These boots tend to get dirty than average working shoes. Mud, stain, snow, and dirt all these are timberland’s common enemy.

Using Boot Cleansing Products

Boot cleansing substances

It is best if you use original timberland cleaning product for your boots; however, other cleansing items will do the work but might terminate the timberland boots warranty, so learn about your boot warranty before using other cleansing product rather than timberland. let’s introduce the cleaning tools by timberland itself. There are two types of product generated by timberland for boot cleaning, one for dry cleaning and other is all-purpose protection or you can say on is cautionary and other is a remedy. The products are

You can also use other products on your suede, Nubuck, and canvas styles such as the Kiwi Boot Cleaner or Cherry Blossom Universal Cleaner.

Gathering the Cleaning Tools and Kits

Timberland boot cleaning tools and kits

Now let’s jump to the tools that you need to clean you timberland boots effectively. We are giving a list of tools that will help you to shine your boots.

  • Hard Boot Brush
  • Hand Gloves
  • Boot Cleaning Substance
  • Toothbrush (for deep cleaning)
  • Sandpaper
  • Water
  • Scrap paper( for reshaping the boot)
  • Eraser (of any kind)

If you can manage these kits for cleaning your boot than cleaning will be easier and more fun, though it would be wise to know how to clean timberland boots, in order to save them from unwanted damage that could destroy your favorite pair.

Cleaning the Timberland (Step by Step)

How to Clean the Timberland (step by step)

It would be smart if we divide the cleansing process into three small sections to ensure maximum cleaning with less effort. The process goes like this.

  • Stuck Debris and Small Spots Cleaning
  • Start the Deep Cleaning
  • Time to Reshape and Buff the Boots

If one can maintain the process, a shiny new looking timberland will surprise him surely.

Clean Stuck Debris and Small Spots

When you start the cleaning for you timberland always start with this part, otherwise, after doing all the hard work, you will see spots that will shine through your protective spray. You can use any soft brush that is clean for cleaning your Timberland boots.

Wipe Small Debris with a Soft Brush

  • Always Start the Timberland cleaning session by brushing off the boot. Start from the top of the ankle and brush back and forth all the way down the whole surface of the boot.
  • Light brushing will typically remove the small amount of debris that stuck into your boots. If there is deeper dirt or lots of debris, you can use the brush to remove as much debris as possible than move on to the next cleaning phase.

Remove Small Point Marks with Eraser

This is a job, which is especially recommending an eraser; any kind will do the task without a hitch. Find a pencil eraser, a simple suede eraser, or a Timberland cleaning bar to wipe off spots and dot mark on the surface of the boots. Rub the erasing tool lightly over the marks until they disappear.

The erasing kit can take care of most of the scuffs and light marks; however, they won’t work well for removing ground dirt or mud that has covered your whole boot.

Brush the boot for the last time

  • Now it’s time to give the last brush before starting the next step of timberland cleaning.
  • After erasing all the marks, use the brush to smooth out the surface of the Nubuck. This time the brushing will remove any remained eraser debris.
  • Move the brush all over the boot and keep it in one direction. This will make sure that the surface has a uniform look when you are done cleaning it.

If you keep a weekly maintenance schedule for your boot, you can keep your boots will remain fresh and new for a long time.

Start Cleaning Deep

When all the brushing part ends, begin the deep cleaning. It can remove yearlong dirt and spots from your favorite timberland boot.

Wash the Shoelaces

  • First, Remove the shoelaces and Take them from each boot, and set them aside if they are clean. If not, give a hand wash and let them dry completely before putting them back in your boots.
  • Use warm soapy water to wash them until all the dirt is gone. For a thorough cleaning job, scrub them together with the soap if needed. Once cleaned, hang them out to dry.
  • You can use a washing machine thus keep in mind that if they are too dirty, you will probably need to wash them separately from your clothes.

Keep up the Boot Shape

  • While cleaning the boot keep one hand in the boot, which will apply negative pressure against the area you are cleaning and prevent collapsing as you scrub it.
  • Use your hand and push up on the unwanted creases and wrinkles. If you push up on them, the pressure and the moisture from your hand while cleaning can reshape those areas.

Wash the Soles

  • Drench the soles of the Timberland boots with water and scrub them with soap using a toothbrush. Gently scrape out any buildup dirt that is in the soles. Wash the soles with warm water to get out any remaining dirt.
  • You could use cotton swabs to remove the dirt from the tread. Dip the cotton swab in warm, soapy water and run it along the grooves until all of the dirt is gone

Wash Outer Side of the Boot

  • Take the cleaner, warm water, and a soft brush to scrub the outside of the upper part of the boot
  • Move the brush forward or backward but keep it in one direction to keep the surface of the boot in good shape.
  • Give low pressure on the surface and get rid of the dirt off the surface. Keep scrubbing, and apply as much cleaner substance as you want, until the surface is clean.
  • You can also use a soft toothbrush to clean deep into the seams of the boots

 Wash Out Remaining Stains with Sandpaper

At this phase, might be some stains will stand strong and noticeable that needs extra effort to buff them from the boot. To do so, you will need a small piece of fine-grit sandpaper.

  • Take 400-grit sandpaper and move it in just one direction, and stop sanding as soon as the stain disappears.
  • This is a delicate process should be avoided if not needed because it is a last resort and you do not want to sand too hard.

How Do You Reshape and Buff the Boots?

If you notice that the boot appears misshapen after cleaning, you should try the following method to reshape it immediately before it dries. Generally, the toe part of the boot that becomes more shapeless from cleaning than other parts. To fix this misshape, crumple up some paper and stuff it down into the boot to push misshapen areas would be a great idea, which works like magic. Any scrap or waste paper will do the job.

Dry the Boots

Air-drying would be the best idea to dry your boots. When the cleaning material has been used and stains are treated, let the boots air dry in warm air at least for 24 hours.

Buff the Boots

When you dry the boots, still it might look funny. Since the surface of the Nubuck has a tendency to be tangled, it needs some care to calm it.

  • Use a clean, dry brush to brush the surface of the boot in a fix direction.
  • The boot will become as normal as before after brushing repeatedly with the same technique.
  • If the boot is matted hard, the brushing can’t do much. In order to fix this, hold the boot close to a steam from a kettle or some other source and then tame it with a toothbrush. The steam should untangle the matted surface, allowing you to scrub it straight and make it straight again.

 Seal the boots

 This process is the last bit of the puzzle of how to clean Timberlands. Pick a protecting spray or sealer to protect the newly clean boot surface. Follow the instruction on the packaging while applying it on the skin. These products are very simple in use. You only need a small amount on a clean rag and wipe it over the entire boot excluding the soul. Balm proofer from timberland production is a very good example of boot coating against water and stain.

How to Clean Timberland with Household Materials?

How to Clean Timberland with Household Material
Timberland boots are an American classic embraced by everyone. However, if you find yourself in a dirty shoe bind but are lacking these above materials, many basic household materials can find at your hand reach that also gets the job done. Now, we will show you how to clean timberlands with some basic home kits that you never knew can be used like this.

Things You’ll Need

  • Cornmeal
  • Gum eraser
  • White vinegar
  • Cotton Rag
  • Toothbrush
  • Dish detergent
  • Small bowl
  • Lemon juice
  • Cream of tartar
  • Baby wipes
  • Pencil
  • Dryer sheets
  • Baking soda
  • Hair dryer

Different Washing Stuff for Specific Boot Material

You have to remember that the substances you are going to use, which are not the exact material that you need to wash your timberland. So be careful about the quantity of the washing kit and the quality of the boot material. Certain boot needs to be washed by specific stuff that won’t harm the boot.

How to Brush Off the Dirt?

  • You can use a pencil to remove the buildup of dirt and mud by pushing the back rubber eraser through the sole’s grooves
  • Dig through the muck and break it up
  • Shake the boots to let any of the loose dirt fall out
  • Take one or two dryer sheets, roll up and place them inside your boots
  • Leave them in a dry place to sit overnight
  • Remove the shoelaces and dip them into the solution of baking soda and liquid dishwasher for an hour then dry them.

 How to Clean Nubuck or Suede?

How to Clean Nubuck or Suede

 In this step, we will try to cover how to clean Nubuck and Suede.

  • Use gum eraser to wipe small spots from the surface of your Timberlands.
  • Gently rub the dirty area in a circular motion until it disappeared from the boot.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal on the boot, if you found any greasy oil-based stain. Press lightly with your hand, so that the morsels sit for a few minutes and Brush off when done
  • Gently push up the surface of the boots where there are stains. Use white vinegar especially on cotton rag, which also effective on salt stains and intact the suede
  • You can use a toothbrush to swiftly swipe away any minor dirt or dust
  • Dry the boots with a hair dryer
  • Stroke the brush along the suede surface softly

How to Clean Leather Boots?

How to Clean Leather

  • Drop a tablespoon of dish detergent into a small bowl and mix with warm water until it dissolved.
  • Dip a clean cloth into the water then gently wipe across the surface of the leather until it gets clean.
  • Pour the lemon juice and cream of tartar into a bowl and blend until mixture becomes a paste
  • Take a cotton cloth and dip it into the mix and wipe it across the leather
  • Let the solution on the boot for few hours and then wipe away with a dry cloth
  • This solution cleans stains without damaging the leather
  • Now take body soap and swill it under running water until it becomes wet and lathery
  • Wipe it down with a wet cotton cloth using a circular motion in the surface of your boot
  • Your boots will be clean, but also soft and conditioned because of the moisturizer of the body bar
  • Swipe a baby wipe across the surface of your Timberlands to remove light dirt and enhance the shine


By doing all this part one by one using the material that we suggested, you can simply clean your timberland boots without breaking your back. However, there are some cautions that you need to take while washing your boot with these homemade substances, don’t panic! Obviously, we will tell you those cautionary measures

Things You Avoid While Cleaning Timberland Boots

  • Never press too hard while cleaning the boot this could ruin the nap
  • For cotton rag always use white vinegar
  • Use toothbrushes with firm bristles to loosen dirt
  • The acid content in the solution cleans stains, though try to avoid heavy use of it otherwise it will damage the grainy texture of the leather
  • Take one or two dryer sheets, roll up and place them inside your boots. This will freshen up the odor insides of your boots
  • Too much scrubbing can damage the Nubuck nap, so avoid it as much as possible
  • You can use all this method for cleaning baby timberland boots as well


Among fashion geeks, timberland boots will always be the center of attraction, therefore the need of cleansing these will also be part of it. Nubuck, suede or canvas no matter what you use, cleaning them once in a week will take place into your weekend to do list. However, always try to use the official timberland washing kit and tools to avoid the warranty restrictions, if there is none for your product, feel free to apply the kit you seem fit.


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