One of the main advantages of rubber boots is that your feet are always clean and dry during rainy weather, and they are easy to care for. The only drawback of such shoes is that the boots must be cleaned immediately after use. Fortunately, this is easy enough.
Your rubber boots will last much longer without losing their attractiveness if you adhere to simple rules for the care and storage of rubber shoes:
- Only wear rubber boots on cloudy or rainy days. Under the sun's rays, the color of the boots fades, and the rubber begins to crack and coarse.
- Coming back from the street, be sure to wipe your boots with a sponge dipped in warm water. Wash inside and out. There is no need to wash the insoles every time, just a couple of times a month.
- To preserve the shine and attractive appearance of rubber shoes, add a couple of drops of glycerin to the water from time to time when washing.
- If you have colored boots, clean them with Vaseline. After that, they will shine and will not burst or crack.
- You can clean your white rubber boots with a regular, soft pencil eraser (eraser). It must be absolutely soft and clean.
- Do not dry rubber shoes on a radiator or near heating devices. You can put an electric shoe dryer inside your boots. If you don't have one, leave the boots to dry on their own.
- Avoid contact of rubber boots with acetone, gasoline, kerosene and various oils.
- When removing shoes for long-term storage, rub the boots with glycerin. Wrap in paper or newspaper and place in a dry but not hot place.
- Don't put your boots in a closet that has mothballs. From naphthalene they coarse, and the light model, moreover, also loses its color.
- With aging, light rubber loses its color, and white becomes pinkish - if you notice such a phenomenon, you should think about purchasing a new pair.
- If the rubber boot leaks water and you cannot find the defective spot. Place the shoe in the water after twisting the shaft. The air remaining in the boot will escape, and you can easily determine the place of the defect by the emerging air bubbles.
Inspect the leak. Pick up a patch of the same rubber by placing it on the rubber glue. Sand the patch with sandpaper, wipe it and the damaged area with gasoline, apply one layer of rubber glue to the damaged area and the patch, and let the glue dry. Then apply the glue again, and when it dries, put the patch back in place and gradually, from the middle to the edges, press, trying not to leave air bubbles under it.
Never use shoe polish on rubber boots.
Always store rubber boots out of direct sunlight.
When storing, put your shoes in a paper bag or box to prevent light fading.
To maintain the shape of your boots, tuck crumpled newspapers into your shoes.
It is necessary to wear rubber boots only with socks or fabric plug-in “boots” made of natural materials - wool, knitwear, cotton. Or use antibacterial insoles.
Remember that even natural rubber boots should not be worn for more than 4 hours in a row, because rubber does not allow air to pass through at all, as a result, feet sweat in such shoes and, as a result, a very favorable environment is created for various pathogenic microbes and fungi.
Follow the suggested guidelines for rubber boots care, wear rubber boots correctly - and your feet will only feel comfortable!