How to Clean and Polish Riding Boots

This is the way I've always done it. A modified version of my great-grandad, and grandad's army boot polishing method.

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How to Clean and Polish Riding Boots
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Gently scrub off all the dried mud etc (in my case, horse poo) with an old, dry toothbrush.

Gently scrub off all the dried mud etc (in my case, horse poo) with an old, dry toothbrush.

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Dirty boots!

Dirty boots!

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Use some combi cleaner to remove the filth.

Use some combi cleaner to remove the filth.

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I spray on the cleaner and scrub in with a toothbrush.

I spray on the cleaner and scrub in with a toothbrush.

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Gentle circular motions. See how the white foam ends up dirty brown?!

Gentle circular motions. See how the white foam ends up dirty brown?!

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Gentle circles with the sponge to remove the foam.

Gentle circles with the sponge to remove the foam.

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See the difference already?

See the difference already?

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Buff gently with your microfibre cloth. Wait for the boots to dry. This could take a little while.

Buff gently with your microfibre cloth. Wait for the boots to dry. This could take a little while.

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Your polishing tools. My on/off brushes are my great-grandad's. Over 100 years old and still in perfect nick (near enough)...

Your polishing tools. My on/off brushes are my great-grandad's. Over 100 years old and still in perfect nick (near enough)...

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Fill scuffs with polish.

Fill scuffs with polish.

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Circular motions with a firm pressure.

Circular motions with a firm pressure.

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The right one has polish on. See how it looks slightly mattified.

The right one has polish on. See how it looks slightly mattified.

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Gentle side to side motions. See how quickly the shine comes up.

Gentle side to side motions. See how quickly the shine comes up.

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I always spit'n'polish them! Gross right? Get polish on your duster, spit on the boot and rub the whole mess in!

I always spit'n'polish them! Gross right? Get polish on your duster, spit on the boot and rub the whole mess in!

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Don't forget to do the seams.

Don't forget to do the seams.

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I like to smother the toes especially in a layer of polish until they are matte and greyish; it makes a lovely gloss. Leave for 10-15mins to soak in and then gently brush with your "off" brush.

I like to smother the toes especially in a layer of polish until they are matte and greyish; it makes a lovely gloss. Leave for 10-15mins to soak in and then gently brush with your "off" brush.

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Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

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Clockwise from top left: (1) filthy, (2) dirty, (4) gorgeous finished boots, (3) clean boots

Clockwise from top left: (1) filthy, (2) dirty, (4) gorgeous finished boots, (3) clean boots

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