|my Engineers dirty and dried out|
Walking onto any construction site with clean Red Wings will make you look like a greenhorn. For me it is a matter of opinion if you want to walk around with a toothbrush in your pocket or with boots looking like you just did some hiking in the mountains. No matter how you want your boots to look, always condition them once in a while. I try to do this every 4-6 weeks. Treat your boots rough but care for them well.
The first thing you need is the right care product for the type of leather. This little guide shows you how to use Red Wing Mink Oil on Copper Rough and Tough leather. This type of leather has a lot of texture in the color, but still has a very smooth surface. It is defined as a fine type of leather, so you should be a bit careful with the choice of care products. Normal leather conditioner will make your boots water proof but can darken them as well. I would prefer to maintain the original color as much as possible.
|it looks nice but drying out is bad for the leather|
First you have to clean your boots. You can do this with a damp sponge or a cloth and a bit of water. If your boots are really dirty I would recommend the Red Wing Leather Cleaner. Use a little bit only and use the brush gently. The solution will drive dirt and grease out of the leather. If this is available in your closet, a little Jason Markk PSS also works like a charm. Let your boots dry out of the sun and away from any heat sources. I did not clean my boots myself before using the Mink Oil because my boots were not dirty. Also, I cleaned my outsoles with Jason Markk after conditioning.
Step 2 is to apply the Mink Oil. I love the smell of this stuff. Apply it with a dry cloth. My preferred material is an old t-shirt or something like that. I take a little Mink Oil and spread this over the boots with the cloth. I rub it in lightly and pay extra attention to the seams and welt. You will notice that this process will remove extra dirt from the leather. When I covered all areas of the boot I start rubbing the oil in more vigorously. Try to work it in the leather as well as possible. The boots will feel a bit greasy of coaurse and will look a few shades darker than before. Let the boots dry.
|after Mink Oil treatment - a bit darker and shiny|
Next morning take a clean polish brush and use it on your boots. This will bring a bit of the texture back on the Rough and Tough leather. After doing this I cleaned my outsoles as noted above with the Jason Markk Sneaker Solution. The brush included with the solution works good and the outsoles look like new. That is all. Nothing fancy and it takes only little time. Feel free to ask questions if you want. Just post a comment under this post.
|ready to go!|