Learn To Clean Clarks Desert Suede And Beeswax Leather Boots

Clarks Desert boots are highly versatile. You can wear them to the office, airport, date, party, trip, or almost any casual occasion.

Like any other boots, they pick up some dirt and stains as well, and that calls for a deep cleaning session. This guide will teach you how to clean Clarks desert boots without causing any damage to them.

Clarks Desert boots are available in two materials- suede and beeswax leather. The process of cleaning the two is slightly different. Here’s how:

Cleaning Clarks Desert Suede Boots

cleaning clarks desert suede boots

Suede is suede. Clarks Desert boots are no different. The challenge is to clean the boots without flattening the nap. Here’s how to do it:

  • Use a suede brush and rub the boots gently to remove any dirt buildup.
  • Use a suede eraser to remove any spots and stains on the boots.
  • Dye the suede if some stains are hard to remove.
  • Use a mild detergent to clean the sole. (works for both synthetic and crepe sole).
  • Air-dry the boots but in the shade.

Tip: After cleaning, you can apply silicone spray on your Clarks desert suede boots to make them resilient to dust, dirt, water, snow, and other stain-causing factors.

Cleaning Clarks Beeswax Leather Boots

cleaning clarks desert leather boots

Clarks Desert boots come in leather material as well. This leather is treated with beeswax to make it waterproof and a little glossy. This beeswax film sometimes gets removed during the cleaning process, and that’s what we are trying to avoid. Here’s how to do it right:

  • Take a soft bristle brush or a piece of cloth and briskly rub the boots to clean any dirt buildup on them
  • Take a damp cloth and wipe the boots gently. It should be enough to remove the stains from the boots.
  • If you find some stains are hard to remove, use saddle soap on the boots.
  • Use a mild detergent to clean the sole. (works for both synthetic and crepe sole).
  • Finally, nourish the boots with leather oil to restore their glossiness.

Side Tip: I found that the leather oil is capable of making the boots waterproof as well. As you know, the beeswax layer gets removed while cleaning; don’t forget oiling your boots afterward.

waterproofing clarks desert boots With Sno Seal

To waterproof your Clarks desert boots, apply a coat of Sno Seal leather protector. It comprises beeswax and some other oils that create a strong barrier on your boots against water. Plus, it makes them look great again and helps to increase their lifespan. (Related: Sno Seal Reviews)

One thing to note is that the use of Sno Seal on your Clarks Desert boots to make them waterproof may also make them look a bit darker. This change of color is not drastic, yet you should test the solution on an inconspicuous area of your boots first, such as the heel.

Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Clarks Desert Boots

I have seen people making some common mistakes that may ruin the pair. Here are things to avoid while caring for Clarks desert boots:

  • Never rub the Clarks boots vigorously with a brush to remove the dirt build-up. Being gentle is the key here. Otherwise, dirt may cause scratches on your boots that are hard to reverse. In the case of suede boots, it may damage the nap and create patches.
  • Never apply any soap on your Clarks boots. The use of saddle soap is fine (only on beeswax leather and not on suede) but not any regular soap or detergent. They may cause discoloration of the leather that is irreversible.
  • Always spread some newspaper on the floor or table before cleaning your Clarks Desert boots. The dirt, oil, and spray may create a mess on the floor that may give you a hard time cleaning it.
  • The protective sprays are not there to armor old boots only. You can use them on your brand new Clarks Desert boots as well. It will protect the boots from any irreversible stains.
  • Last but not least, don’t wait for your Clarks boots to get dirty. Make it a daily habit to clean suede boots with a soft brush and beeswax boots with a damp cloth.

Side Tip: If you choose to apply a coat of protective/waterproofing spray on the boots after the cleaning, make sure you are in a well-ventilated area. The chemicals are harsh, and the spray may cause nausea.

Before You Go

As far as a style statement is concerned, you can never go wrong with Clarks Desert boots. Just take good care of them, keep them clean, protect them with a spray, and they will last you for a very long time. Not only will they last longer, but they will also look new for longer.

Other than the boots, I suggest cleaning the laces and insoles as well. They can be cleaned with mild detergent and water. Just make sure you air dry them in the shade and not under the sun.

As a goodbye note, I would say a pair of Clarks Desert boots is not very expensive. If you find your boots have lost their pulse and cleaning them is not making them look good again, get a new pair. I never recommend taking them to a shoe repair shop. It’s not worth the fee.

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