How To Care For Your Tuffa Boots
Good care for your Tuffa boots is essential if you wish to keep them looking smart and to last longer. This involves regular cleaning and treatment of the leather to eliminate any dirt and substances that may cause corrosion or other damage.
Tuffa recommends Collonil Carbon Pro and Nikwax products for leather care. We have outlined some simple steps you can follow to help keep your boots in good condition.
- If you step in manure or animal urine make sure you clean it off straight away with a sponge dipped in lukewarm water. Do not use a hosepipe to rinse off your boots as this will force water through the seams.
- You should clean your boots regularly using clean tap water and a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. For stubborn or oil-based dirt, you can use Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel and a nylon brush.
- After cleaning with water, you should apply the appropriate Collonil Carbon Pro or Nikwax waterproofing treatment to the entire boot, making sure you pay special attention to stitching or areas where the leather meets the sole. You will need to do this every time you use the boots in severe weather and allow the boots to dry for 24 hours before use.
- Footwear should be allowed to dry slowly at room temperature and never exposed to a direct heat source. Direct heat can damage certain adhesives and the leather itself. It may also be helpful to stuff your boots with newspaper while drying if they have been soaked inadvertently.
- Regular conditioning is also important for preserving the leather in your boots.
- Always use a boot jack to remove your boots.
Notes: Sympatex™ is unique. Unlike other waterproof membranes, it is a non-porous material providing high moisture transmission which allows your feet to breathe whilst still remaining dry.
Sympatex™ is also resistant to clogging from dirt and oils, so moisture transmission can continue despite harsh external outdoor environments.
DWR (durable water repellent) is a coating added to leathers at the factory to make them water-resistant (or hydrophobic). Durable water repellents are commonly used in conjunction with waterproof breathable fabrics such as Sympatex™ to prevent the outer leather from becoming saturated with water. This saturation, called 'wetting out,' can reduce the material's breathability (moisture transport through the breathable membrane) and let water through.
As the DWR wears off over time, re-treatment is recommended when necessary.
Used in wet conditions the leather will experience a gradual loss of its water resistant qualities and if untreated the leather will slowly harden and crack, therefore it is recommended the leather is conditioned and re-treated regularly.
We hope you enjoy wearing your Tuffa boots.
We offer a 3 month no quibble warranty on all our boots in the event of a manufacturing defect as long as you can provide proof of purchase and you let us know of your problem within that period.
We are unable to handle or inspect boots that have not been cleaned prior to returning.