Periodic cleaning and care of your new Gumleaf boots will ensure years of comfort and protect your investment.
Daily Care – To ensure a long and healthy lifespan for your boots, wipe them clean and rinse them with plain water, particularly after exposure to harsh or caustic conditions. Leave them to dry naturally away from direct sunlight or artificial heat sources such as radiators, hot pipes, fireplaces and stoves. Heat will dry the natural rubber causing them to eventually crack. Cool, dry conditions are best for the storage of your Gumleaf boots.
Boot Exterior – Your Gumleaf boots are made using 85% natural rubber. To protect the finish and maintain or restore its flexibility and water resilience, we recommend periodic cleaning of the boot’s exterior with cold, soapy water. Never use solvents. After cleaning and allowing them to dry naturally, application of a high-quality silicone spray (such as Gumleaf Welly Oil) will help to restore the quality, finish and natural moisture-repelling properties of the rubber. Apply silicone liberally over the entire surface and sole of the boot and spread using a soft dry cloth or fine sponge. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals (such as ammonia and solvents) and rinse with water as quickly as possible after any such exposure.
Boot Interior – Your Gumleaf boots have a hand-stitched, neoprene or cotton lining that provides both warmth and comfort. Periodically rinsing the interior of your boots will help maintain an environment to keep your feet warm, dry and odor free. Fill the inside of your boot partially with warm water and a mild detergent. Squeeze the top of your boot closed with one hand and shake the boot vigorously for a few seconds. Empty the water and repeat. Allow 24-48 hours for the boot lining to dry. Placing a towel or crumpled newspapers inside the boot will absorb excess water and help accelerate initial drying time. Remove these after a few minutes and allow the lining to completely air dry in a cool place. Never place the boots near a heat source to dry!
Zippers, Gussets, and Vents – Some Gumleaf boots are equipped with zippers, gussets, or vents. Cleaning and occasional lubrication of these areas will help maintain the condition and comfort of your Gumleaf boots.
Zippers – We use only the finest YKK brand heavy-duty zippers in our Royal Zip boots. The zipper will benefit from occasional lubrication. Use a good quality silicone spray or gel to occasionally lubricate the zipper. This will help to maintain the ease with which the boot can be zipped up or down. Squeezing both sides of the zipper simultaneously will expose sections of the zipper at a time. Silicone spray or gel can then be easily applied. Work the zipper up and down several times after lubricating it.
Gussets and Expandable Vents – The Royal Zip has a gusset which is the flap or fold along the inside of the zipper. It helps to insure that the interior of the boot remains dry, even if the zipper is down. Cleaning the gusset prior to lubricating the zipper is recommended. The Viking Boot incorporates an expandable vent. Clean the gusset or vent by removing any dirt or excess debris and using a damp cloth or towel. Apply silicone spray or gel periodically to the inside of the gusset (facing the zipper) or vent to maintain their soft, pliable condition. Polish with a clean cloth or towel and remove any excess.
Straps – Gumleaf boots such as the Royal Zip and Viking styles include a functional strap to provide an optimal fit around the calf of your leg. Periodically clean the strap with water and mild detergent. Straps made of natural rubber will benefit by frequent treatment with a high quality silicone spray or gel to maintain the soft, pliable condition of the rubber. Do not over-tighten these straps.
Blooming – Occasionally, you may notice a white powdery “bloom” on your Gumleaf rubber boots. This is quite common in natural rubber and will not affect the performance or durability of your boots. You can use a silicone treatment applied with a soft cloth or fine sponge to buff your boots and regain the original finish.