Boot Care 101
Our tips & tricks to keep your Merry People boots fresh for years!
Merry People boots are high quality, durable, and designed to last for years - but all good things need a bit of maintenance!
We’ve put together some easy care instructions to keep your boots in great condition for longer, ensuring you are always ready for merry adventures.
Merry People boots are made with natural rubber, which is a softer material that can fade and crack with continuous sun exposure. To protect your boots and prolong their life, we recommend you store them indoors so they’re not exposed to direct sunlight all of the time.
Water inside your boots? Use a hand towel to pat down and absorb as much as you can. Then stuff the boots with newspaper, and place the boots upside down in a warm place. After 24 hours, remove the newspaper & repeat this process if needed until dry.
CLEANING YOUR BOOTS
Dried mud and dirt on boots can cause the natural rubber to dry out, which may lead to cracks or discolouration. You can clean your Merry People boots quickly and easily using household items. Start by removing any excess dirt, then wipe them down with a cloth using warm water and a mild detergent. This method will work on the outer neoprene lining on the Bobbi boots too. For lighter neoprene, like on our Beetroot and Pear boots, use a textured cloth and gentle soap on any marks. We find that dishwashing liquid works or hand soap works well, or even a baby wipe if you are on the go or camping
“Blooming” is the appearance of white chalky marks on the rubber and can occasionally happen to natural rubber. In the unlikely circumstance that your gumboots bloom, it can be easily removed by rubbing olive oil into the boot. We suggest using a teaspoon of olive oil for each boot, rubbing gently in a circular motion, then allow to dry naturally. Alternatively, you can apply dishwashing liquid to the boots, using the same method, and leave overnight. Repeat this process if required.
If the marks do not disappear please don’t hesitate to contact our support team: email@example.com.
While we often polish or condition our other footwear, it’s easy to forget about your gumboots. Treating your Merry People boots is simple to do, we suggest using a silicone based product, like a silicone spray or oil which you can find at outdoor, auto, or hardwares stores. Silicone lubricant is used to protect from moisture - it’s often used on diving gear and auto equipment which makes it perfect for gumboots. A regular spray or wipe with silicone based product will add moisture to the rubber, and protect from the elements - it’s a bit like sunscreen for your boots.
Our gumboots are designed to be a fashionable lifestyle boot; they are not designed to be a work or safety boot and do not have any safety or non-slip accreditations.
As such, the rubber tread may be slippery on particular surfaces, for example polished concrete, ice, and wet wood - so please take care. If you require extra grip on your boots, we recommend a product called “traction spray”, available at most local hardware stores.
We get a lot of customers wearing our Bobbi gumboots in the snow as our boots have been tested for sub zero temperatures. If you are heading to the alpine regions this winter, we recommend using ice grips for extra traction.
If something does happen to your boots that you think might be our manufacturing fault, we want to hear about it. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org