Today, we will be discussing some welding boots tips and tricks! Every welder out there needs to know a thing or two on how he or she can care for his or her welding boots properly. It is a must for a welder to wear his or her welding boot while working. A boot is a type of footwear that cover mostly the ankle and the foot. However, there are also some boots that cover the lower calf of your leg. There are even some that go up until the hips, but that is not the type of boot that you are looking for.
For many decades now, the material of choice when making a boot is leather or rubber, or even a combination of both. Those materials are still used up to date, but there are also some new materials that have been added to the mix. Normally, boots are used or worn for protection from water, mud, cold, chemicals that can be hazardous, and some even use boots as a form of ankle support while other just for the sake of style and fashion.
For those who work in the industrial field, there are some rules and regulations that requires the workers to use boots on construction sites. The boots that are usually required are steel-toed work boots.
I believe that work boots are an investment – no matter how much you bought a pair for. You wouldn’t want to buy one every once in a while now, would you? They say that a thing will last for a long time, if we know how to care for it. So here are some tips on how to better care for your welding boots or work boot!
- If your boot is made from leather, then it should stay between being overly saturated with moisture o and bone dry at the same time. You should invest in some leather conditioner. They are very affordable.Check out this leather conditioner from Amazon.
This is Amazon’s best seller when it comes to leather conditioner. You can purchase this for only 17.95 US DOLLARS. You will really like this product. It has been proven and tested. In fact, it has been around the market for almost fifty years now.
One treatment of this formula will be able to last for six months or even longer. You see the solution will deeply penetrate into the pores of your leather boot and protect it from any damage that it might encounter during your working hours. This product is also wonderful for old worn out boots. It has been proven to rejuvenate old leather and somehow make people think that they are new.
It softens, moisturizes, and promotes flexibility that will really leave your leather feeling beautiful and looking beautiful at the same time.
Another best thing about this product is that there’s no need to keep on reapplying it every now and then because as I said, it can last for six months or more. This fact allows you also to save a little on the expense of buying a leather conditioner every now and then.
Aside from boots, you can use this conditioner on saddles, leather seats, car and motorcycle leather seats, furniture and other upholstery that you wish. Please note however that it is discouraged for you to use it on faux leather and vinyl.
Here is a customer’s review about it:
“I have been a leather craftsman since 1955. I found Leather Honey in the 60’s, but it disappeared for a while. It is really great to see it back on the market. I make leather goods and use Leather Honey to help preserve the leather and restore suppleness. It works great.
When using tooling leather, the dry leather is first moistened with water, carved and tooled. Then the finish is applied. The finish must penetrate the leather and preserve it. Leather Honey does this better than any other finish that I have used. The suppleness that was removed in the tanning process is restored, the leather is protected from drying and cracking and a beautiful, durable lasting finish is obtained. I can personally highly recommend this product for leather belts, gloves, upholstery, saddlery and tack, motorcycle gear and leather goods of all kinds” – J. Clark
- If you have been outside, then you should take time to wipe the dirt or snow that is sticking to your boots before you come inside the house. Why is this important? You see the particles from dirt or snow can somehow deteriorate the leather surface of your boots.
- You will also need to take time to really clean your boots. Don’t allow any stains, spots, or scuffs to dry and leave a mark on your boot. With just a mere paper towel and any type of moisturizing soap, you will be able to care for your boot. It’s cheap and it doesn’t really require you to do much.
- Buying waterproof boots is also a good choice if you want a boot that lasts, because it already has the chemicals need to keep the boot preserved and safe from deterioration. However, if you already have a boot or you didn’t want to spend much on a waterproof boot, then you can just purchase a normal boot and then you can give it a waterproof treatment.But really, if you can afford to purchase a waterproof boot, do it. In the long run, I strongly believe that it will pay for itself.
- Break in your new boots before you bring them to the work field. Not only will this help you deal with the possible – but hopefully none – pain you may encounter, but it’s good for the boot as well.
Now let us further discuss why you need to waterproof your boot. I keep saying that it’s important so of course, you need to know why. As I said, most boots today are already waterproof from the moment you buy them. For those boots that are regularly used, you may have to let them undergo an occasional waterproofing sessions to prevent the water from permeating through the leather material.
What do we mean when we say permeating? Permeating or permeate means to spread through out, or to penetrate or pervade a substance or an area. How can you test your boot if it is already in need to a waterproofing session? It’s very easy! You will just ned to drip or drop some water on the leather surface. If the water doesn’t slide off the boot, it means that the water has permeated the surface of the boot and you will have to bring it to waterproof it.
There are natural ways to waterproof your boot that won’t require you to spend a lot. You can try using bees wax or mink oil. However, there are those times where these natural materials may change the color of the leather especially for those work boots that are lighter in shade. White and beige for example.
If there’s a situation that your boot has been drenched, don’t panic and simply remove the laces and insoles of the boot so you can hang it upside down to air dry or better yet, why don’t you use a fan. I wouldn’t recommend using any type of heat to dry your boots. Do not put it on time of a radiator or other heating element to dry it. Doing so may crack the surface and do more damage than good. When the leather dries out, it cracks and sometimes, it becomes discolored. You will have to reapply moisture on the boot in order to keep the surface smooth and beautiful. Don’t allow your boots to dry out. When reapplying the leather conditioner – the one we talked about above – be sure to pay extra attention to the creases of the boot.
Keep those tips and tricks in mind and you will be doing just fine, and so will your boots! Remember, your boots are an investment and you should always care for your investments.
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