Merry People Boot Care
CARING FOR YOUR GUMBOOTS
With a bit of love, your Merry People gumboots will stay merry for years!
Merry People boots are high quality, durable, and built to last for years - but all good things need a bit of love. To make it easier for you to care for your boots, we’ve rounded up all our easy care tips to help you keep your boots in great condition, allowing you to partake in merry adventures for years!
Merry People boots are made with natural rubber, a softer material that can fade and crack with excessive sun exposure. As such, we recommend you store your boots indoors so they’re not exposed to direct sunlight all of the time. Save the sunlight for your merry adventures!
Water inside your boots? Stuff the boots with newspaper, then place the boots upside down in a warm place. After 24 hours, remove the newspaper & repeat the process if needed until dry.
CLEANING YOUR BOOTS
To keep your boots clean, wipe them down with a cloth and warm water. You can clean the neoprene lining on the Bobbi boot with a mild soap, warm water, and a cloth. We find that dishwashing liquid works well, as do baby wipes (what don’t they do?!). For lighter neoprene, like on our Beetroot and Pear boots, use a textured cloth and gentle soap.
“Blooming” is the appearance of white chalky marks on the rubber and can occasionally happen to natural rubber. If your gumboots bloom, it can be easily cleaned 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 and let them sit overnight. Repeat this twice.
If for some reason neither method works, treat the boots with silicon spray, a product available at most hardware stores. This will add more moisture to the rubber and should make the blooming disappear.
As mentioned above, we recommend storing your boots indoors if possible. Constant exposure to the weather can dry your boots out, which over time may result in cracks.
Keeping your boots clean and applying a silicone spray regularly will help add moisture to your boots and help prevent cracking (and blooming).
REMOVING YOUR BOOTS
We recommend that you use your hands or a shoehorn when removing your boots. This will help to avoid putting continual pressure on the sole of the shoe.