How To Care For Boots

Danner products are built tough, and you can help prolong the life of your boots by keeping the leather clean, waterproofed, and conditioned. Listed below are a few cleaning tips that can help you get the most out of your Danner boots:

Boot Cleaning

Make sure to clean your boots after use, especially if there is visible dirt and mud on them. Use a wet rag, sponge, or soft brush when cleaning. Small particles of debris can work their way into the pores of the leather causing it to dry out and deteriorate. Unseen grime and oil-based particles can be removed by using our Danner Cleaning Gel. Apply the cleaning gel to the leather sparingly while it is still wet. Rinse off excess with tap water and air dry thoroughly. If expedited drying is required, use a boot dryer. Do not heat dry the boots with a hairdryer, space-heater, or open flame, as doing so can severely damage the product.


Boots that come with a GORE-TEX® liner are already waterproof, but it is important that the leather be treated as well. Excess water can make the boots heavy and create water spots between the leather and GORE-TEX® liner. Constant soaking and drying of the leather can damage the fibers, causing the boots to become stiff and eventually ruining the snug fit of the product. When you notice the boots taking on excess water, it is time to apply our Danner Waterproofing Gel. After the boots have been cleaned, apply the gel with a clean rag, and work the substance deep into the pores of the leather. Allow the boots to dry for a few minutes then wipe away the excess. Do not use Danner Waterproofing Gel on nubuck, suede, or rough-out leather boots. Instead, use our Danner Waterproofing Spray, which will help maintain the original texture of those products.

Boot Dressing

To prevent irreparable damage such as flaked, cracked, or excessively dry leather, it is important to condition your boots regularly. Nubuck, suede, and rough-out leather boots do not need conditioning, but it is vital that you treat full-grain leather products with a conditioner when you notice the leather is drying out. Our Danner Boot Dressing is perfect for breaking in boots and reviving the rich color of the leather. It protects the leather from drying out and extends the life of the boots more than any other boot care product. The dressing is offered in three different colors: black for black boots, brown for dark brown boots, and clear for all other colors. The dressing should be applied to leather portions liberally with a soft cloth on clean, dry boots. Use ample pressure to knead the dressing deep into the fibers of the leather. Wipe away excess and allow the boots to dry overnight. Repeat this process when you notice the leather losing its color or appearing dry or scuffed.